New TTC streetcar route a screeching nuisance in one Toronto neighbourhood

Area residents are complaining about the constant noise when the streetcars make a sharp turn.
Area residents are complaining about the constant noise when the streetcars make a sharp turn. (Photo: REUTERS)

You know that one noisy neighbour everyone has, who constantly makes a racket? For Corktown residents in Toronto, that neighbour is none other than the Toronto Transit Commission.

The TTC recently installed a new streetcar line in the neighbourhood, because they wanted to relieve traffic congestion along a connecting route and managed to create a noise problem instead.

Area residents are complaining about the constant noise from the frequently running streetcars when they make a sharp and screechy turn.

"It's become a form a torture for us. . . Equivalent to waterboarding," Corktown resident Jason Mednick told CBC News.

To show how bad the problem is, Mednick shot a video and posted it on YouTube:


However, noise is not the only problem attributed to the streetcars. One resident says that his floor vibrates when the streetcar goes by and that he is having trouble renting out a nearby property he owns, because of the noise and vibrations.

The TTC is on the hook to fix the problem, since they’re the ones who created it, as municipalities have bylaws that forbid excessive noise. The Toronto noise complaint bylaws states: “No person shall make, cause or permit noise or vibration, at any time, which is likely to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of the inhabitants of the City.”

Noise complaints are one of the most common disputes between neighbours. People have a right to peaceful enjoyment to their property and others are not allowed to disturb that or they may be guilty of creating a nuisance, for which they can be sued.

The TTC knows about the problem and claims their newly built streetcars will fix the noise problem, because they’re self-lubricating.

Mednick disagrees saying, "They are three times as long. . .The sound is at par or worse than the old ones" and suggests the only way to handle the noise issue right now is to stop the streetcars.

If the TTC doesn’t want to be hit with a nuisance lawsuit, they may want to seriously consider using buses, or another quieter means of transportation in the area.

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