I am so grateful the City is looking into the possibility of a railroad Quiet Zone.

While I don’t mind the sound of trains during the day, the blaring horns at night can be a big problem for those of us who live near the tracks and tend to be light sleepers, especially during spring and fall when we want to open windows for fresh air. Ear plugs help, but sometimes I still hear through them or they fall out.

Public safety is obviously top priority, so I welcome the commissioned study addressing this.

While it is absolutely important to prevent any accidents, what has possibly been overlooked in the past is the public health threat of chronic sleep disruption that many of my neighbors and I deal with.

Not only does sleep deprivation increase the risk of chronic illnesses, it more immediately puts those of us affected at higher risk of being in accidents of our own due to fatigue.

As a hospital nurse, my alarm goes off at 5 a.m. There have been countless times when a train horn wakes me up between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m., and I cannot get back to sleep. It’s not just miserable for me, it’s also not safe for my patients to have a groggy nurse.

A huge thank you to the City Council for taking on this issue.

If safety and quiet can coexist, let’s do it.

MELISSA BEES

Bellevue

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