The Rockford area has several sources of noise pollution: trains, planes, automobiles, ambulances, fire trucks and helicopters. In my opinion, two of the worst offenders are the Rockford Airport cargo operations and the busy mainline train tracks between Chicago and Dubuque, Iowa. Since last June, UPS and NCA airlines have used an east-bound runway to take off and head northwest, the opposite direction from take off. This activity puts a loud jet over most of Rockford around 2:30 a.m. Anyone living within 2 miles of the train tracks knows when a train comes through, it blows its horn every crossing, as required by law. That may be 50 horn blasts every time a train passes through town. There is hope for the thousands of people live near the train tracks, if the City of Rockford applies for a “Quiet Zone” from the Federal Railroad Administration for these tracks. I would urge Rockford residents to contact their alderman and request a “Quiet Zone” and call or e-mail the Greater Rockford Airport Authority about the loud early-morning flights.
From the Feb. 1-7, 2012, issue