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Some Draper residents want UTA to reduce new Trax noise

DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Screeching, clunking, and rattling. Those are all words some Draper residents use to describe the new Trax line running near their homes. The neighbors who live near the new Draper Trax lines say they’re all about fighting air pollution. They support mass transit. But the new lines have just created noise pollution.
DRAPER, Utah - (ABC 4 Utah)- Screeching, clunking, and rattling.  Those are all words some Draper residents use to describe the new Trax line running near their homes.  The neighbors who live near the new Draper Trax lines say they’re all about fighting air pollution.  They support mass transit.  But the new lines have just created noise pollution.

The Draper neighborhood in question sits nestled on a hill off 12300 S 900 E. 

“It was extremely quiet when we moved in three years ago,” said Draper homeowner Angel Kametz.

But you can hear the new Trax line before you can see it.

Kametz says the Trax Line will likely decrease their property value and ability to sale their home.  It’s alos a quality of life changer for the Kametz Family.

“Property values going down due to the fact that the noise levels have risen.  It also has a big impact on my son he's nine years old he doesn't need to get woken up in the middle of the night,” said Kametz.

UTA released this statement: “UTA has conducted sound mitigation by installing walls that have dropped the decibel level for the homes in question along the Draper extension from "severe" to "moderate "levels," says UTA Spokesperson Remi Barron.

A UTA Community Outreach Coordinator has come to Kametz’s home to evaluate the situation and he told her he would be back.

"We understand some people who live on the rail corridor still have sound level concerns. UTA takes those seriously and continues to run sounds tests for possible future mitigation,” said Barron.

Kametz, Vosti, and other neighbors want a noise reduction wall up on both sides of the Trax.

“We just want them to do everything they can do to reduce the sound level so it’s not disturbing our lives,” said Draper homeowner Mark Vosti.

The neighbors have written letters to local politicians and started a petition.  They hope to bring up the issue at a city council meeting.  UTA says they’re under budget by $300 million, so they have the money for necessary noise mitigation.

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