Last spring, the LIRR began to add new expensive train doorbells that can be heard blocks away from its stations, binging and dinging throughout the day and night.
Previously, those of us who've lived alongside LIRR stations and tracks for twenty years and more never heard a train door chime except when standing on the station platform. According to several LIRR conductors and one LIRR Public Affairs official, the new doorbell's “advanced technology” has no volume control.
When LIRR Public Affairs officials were questioned about this latest LIRR noise pollution outrage to hit thousands of hapless residents who live along the LIRR right of way, one official stated that LIRR was trying to help commuters who were “deaf.” DEAF? Do you mean those who would hear nothing?
The LIRR official then explained that the railroad was also concerned about keeping “the drunks” riding the trains safer. Really?
In the twenty-plus years that we have been commuting on the LIRR, we've never witnessed commuters with hearing aids having difficulty in figuring out that the train doors open and close when a train comes into a station.
In addition, the conductor is still required to stick his/her head out of the window to make sure all is well before closing the doors and moving the train out of the station.
Common sense and common decency require that those new LIRR train doorbells be switched off. Now!