Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The American Noise Map

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released an interactive noise map of the USA. The map uses data from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Highway Administration to show you how much noise you might be subjected to anywhere in the country.

The National Transportation Noise Map shows you how much aviation and highway noise noise you will endure at any address. In truth the map doesn't show you much more than you already know. Airports and busy roads are the source of serious noise pollution. Therefore if you live near a busy road you can expect to hear a lot of cars. If you live near an airport then you are going to hear even more noise pollution from those noisy planes.

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics say that the map provides "a basis for understanding what-if scenarios". This is where these transportation noise maps are most useful. They provide a valuable guide to the possible noise pollution that residents can expect from any planned roads and airports. The Bureau say that they will add additional transportation noise sources, such as rail and maritime, in future updates to the map.

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