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Old November 20th, 2007, 02:24 AM   #1
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MISC | Noisiest Metro

I'm interested to hear what people consider as the most noisy metro that they have used!

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Old November 20th, 2007, 02:47 AM   #2
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probably either Chicago's CTA or NYC. Its trains seem to make a lot of noise for no reason, ie: even when the tracks feel really smooth, they make a lot of noise. NYC subway on the other hand, much much louder but the passenger can feel why it is so loud and they can be quiet on smooth stretches, though thats hardly ever the case. NYC express trains can be deafening.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 02:51 AM   #3
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Moscow's was very noisy but also very efficient.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 11:49 AM   #4
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From all cities where I've travelled underground, Amsterdam was teh noisiest.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 05:57 PM   #5
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BART in San Francisco.
The aluminum bodied trains were built by an aerospace company.
They are very lightweight, but have very little sound-proofing.
Running at speed underground, the noise is loud enough to be painful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stma82heI88
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Old November 20th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #6
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Moscow old trains.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 08:57 PM   #7
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BART in San Francisco.
The aluminum bodied trains were built by an aerospace company.
They are very lightweight, but have very little sound-proofing.
Running at speed underground, the noise is loud enough to be painful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stma82heI88
So true!
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Old November 20th, 2007, 09:19 PM   #8
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It's not moisy, but the buzzing sound you hear on the Paris metro lines with rubber tires gets on your nerves.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 10:15 PM   #9
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Quote:
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BART in San Francisco.
The aluminum bodied trains were built by an aerospace company.
They are very lightweight, but have very little sound-proofing.
Running at speed underground, the noise is loud enough to be painful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stma82heI88
That really isn't that bad...

And people, videographic evidence would be useful!!
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Old November 20th, 2007, 10:17 PM   #10
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The Berlin subway, U2 line, somewhere near Gleisdreieck is very noisy.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 10:29 PM   #11
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In Rotterdam in the old trains I have to put my Ipod to max volume to hear anything at all. They are so noisy you can't have a normal conversation.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 08:17 AM   #12
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BART in San Francisco.
The aluminum bodied trains were built by an aerospace company.
They are very lightweight, but have very little sound-proofing.
Running at speed underground, the noise is loud enough to be painful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stma82heI88
Very true, you have to turn up ur MP3 player really loudly to block out the sound. Its better when not underground, worst in the transbay tube though, even tends to pop ur ear.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 04:53 PM   #13
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I haven't used too many systems, but yes, BART is very noisy.

It's the worst when 1) It goes through the bay tube, 2) That nasty scratchy noisy that sounds like electricity on metal.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 05:01 PM   #14
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Moscow's metro is very noisy. But it's not a problem :P Moscow's metro is lovely!
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Old November 21st, 2007, 08:17 PM   #15
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I believe it´s Buenos Aires
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Old November 21st, 2007, 08:41 PM   #16
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Hamburg: The old trains (especially in tunnels and open windows). Also some stretches with sharp curves are very loud, no matter which train is used.

Barcelona: Air Condition in Line 1 was very loud.

London: The Northern Line, if I remember correctly.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 09:44 PM   #17
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More data on SF BART:

...how loud is it? Bay Crossings decided to put a decibel (dB) meter on it and find out. Here is the result: On average straight track, BART runs around 70 dB; on curves, this can rise to 80 dB. Curved, elevated structures and tunnels are louder at around 82 dB. Three spots in the Transbay tube achieve an astonishing 95 dB, one lingering almost three minutes.
http://www.baycrossings.com/news_arc...mon=9&yea=2003
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Old November 21st, 2007, 10:15 PM   #18
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More data from an inquisitive passenger with a decibel meter.

I have continued to track the noise levels in the Transbay tube, here are my results:

Date |Car| Direction|Location |Aspect|dbbc
4/3/07 1673 Homeward Forward Door Standing 109.1
4/4/07 1212 Inbound Left Aft Standing 108.3
4/4/07 1575 Homeward Forward Door Standing 109.1
4/5/07 1220 Inbound Right Quad Seats Reclined 106.1
4/5/07 1657 Homeward Forward Door Standing 110.1
4/6/07 1220 Inbound Right Quad Seats Reclined 105.7
4/9/07 1503 Inbound Left Aft Standing 106.1
4/9/07 1750 Homeward Right Aft Standing 110.1
4/10/07 1265 Inbound Left Aft Standing 106.1
4/10/07 1647 Homeward Right Aft Standing 105.3
4/11/07 1626 Inbound Left Aft Standing 105.3

*Right and left is in relation to direction of travel

These are peak levels, taken with a standard noise level meter used in car audio competitions.

http://www.bartrage.com/?q=node/2
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Old November 21st, 2007, 10:39 PM   #19
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The Putra Line LRT in Kuala Lumpur was getting noisier by the day when i was in KL.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 11:01 PM   #20
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London Underground's Victoria line:

Professor Deepak Prasher, head of University College London's Audiology unit, took the measurements on four Victoria Line journeys.

LU said it was aware of the problem but it was unlikely to affect passengers.

Prof Prasher found that the noise peaked at 118dB, louder than a pneumatic drill, and found the average level was between 88 and 89dB.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3895769.stm
That's all the info I can find here.
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