Posts Tagged ‘transit noise’

TRB Highlights – Rail

Monday, January 30th, 2012

by Jason Ross

One of the best highlights from the 91st Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. was the “Riding the NEPA Railroad Workshop” on Sunday.  I usually find the workshops interesting and engaging and this year was no different.  Leading NEPA experts from FRA, FTA and FHWA compared the NEPA processes across all three agencies – something HMMH has experienced firsthand.  HMMH is leading the noise and vibration studies for two of the three highlighted projects including the Desert Xpress high-speed rail line proposed from Victorville, CA to Las Vegas, NV and the California High-Speed Rail Project between Fresno to Merced.

NEPA experts helped to again fill the house for Session 737 on “Expediting Environmental Review: Underlying Causes for Runaway Process”.  This session focused on the growing need to streamline the NEPA process.  Did you know the average time to complete an EIS has been 67 months?!  One project for which HMMH is proud to have conducted the noise and vibration analysis is the Dallas Streetcar EA.  This project resulted in a 14-page EA that was completed in 14 months.  Horst Greczmiel, from the Council on Environmental Quality, presented on recent NEPA trends including the availability of a tool to streamline the public comment and response process.  More information can be found on these recent trends and CEQ recommendations here.

Transit Noise and Vibration Training Course

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

by Lance Meister

The National Transit Institute is offering a three-day course on transit noise and vibration impact assessment.  The course is based on the FTA Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment guidance manual and will run from September 19-21 in Baltimore, MD.  Information about the course can be found on the HMMH website.  You can sign up to take the course at the NTI website.

Having taught the course a number of times, I can say that the majority of the students find it very valuable and worth the time and expense.  Check out some student testimonials here.  The course covers much of the material in the manual, including:

  • noise and vibration basics
  • screening and general assessments
  • introduction to the detailed assessment
  • construction noise and vibration
  • use of the FTA noise model

We have class exercises reflecting real-world scenarios to help with the learning experience.  In addition to the instructors from HMMH that will be in Baltimore, there will be a representative from FTA to assist with the policy discussions.

Finally, at the end of the third day, we offer an open forum for class participants to discuss their projects and any noise or vibration issues they may have.  This is an excellent opportunity to get advice on project specific concerns from experts in the field.

Space is limited, so sign up now.  We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!