Railway Induced Vibration Abatement Solutions – proximity issue railways

Dust, diesel pollutants and noise all degrade the local life quality and the environment we live in. These three items dominate the discussion about the currently being constructed raid transit link, throughout the Greater Junction Area. Part of the remedy begins with electrification of the corridor which will greatly help with the environment issues.

What is much less spoken about about is the affect the noise of these trains entering the fabric of the houses and buildings where we live, and the effect on each one us, our quality of life, our children play and sleep, and the economic effect to damage of the built houses in basement cracks, plaster falls from walls. Much of this has-been happening since houses were built in the area along side the railroads.

The effects of this vibrations travel a much greater distance than most of think and deep into the fabric of the buildings.

With the thought of writing a post of the subject the blog went looking for information, on railway track bed construction that can eliminate much of the vibration transfer.

Below is some of the most salient information we should all know about methods and ways of reducing railway vibration, that can be done now while building the railway track.



Image from Article_EuropeanRailwayReview_Vol.17issue6_2011 click image to go to article at original site.


Early 2011, twenty-six partners from all over Europe formed the RIVAS (Railway Induced Vibration Abatement Solutions) consortium under the patronage of the European Commission to face the challenges of vibration mitigation measures and to come up with implementable solutions.

The last RIVAS seminar took place in Madrid on September 14th, 2011. All presentations are public and available on the RIVAS website.

Click Here for the RIVAS Website

Click Here for the PDF document: “Being a good neighbour – Reducing vibrations near railway lines”


RIVAS aims at reducing the environmental impact of ground-borne vibration while safeguarding the commercial competitiveness of the railway sector. For several areas of concern vibration should be reduced to near or even below the threshold of perception. The project’s goal is therefore to provide the tools to solve vibration problems for surface lines by 2013.

It therefore aims to contribute to relevant and world leading technologies for efficient control of people’s exposure to vibration and vibration-induced noise caused by rail traffic.

RIVAS will focus on low frequency vibration from open lines which is a concern mainly for freight traffic. However, it can be anticipated thatRIVAS results will also be applicable to suburban, regional and high-speed operations.

Image from Article State of the art review of mitigation measures on track – click image to go to article at original site.


Canada specific info link below.


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