Friday, October 10, 2014
WARNING! Trimet buses may damage your hearing!
"The new buses (the ones that are equipped with LED lights, etc.) have a very loud warning beep that activates when the bus is kneeling. The beep is so loud, I believe it could be damaging to the hearing of people standing near the bus, which means that regular riders are being repeatedly exposed to a potentially damaging level of noise, possibly even drivers as well. I have spoken with drivers about this, and have been told that there is no way to adjust the volume of the beeping sound. This should be fixed, for the safety of riders and employees. It is far louder than necessary for its purpose.
Note: 85db is considered a threshold beyond which permanent hearing damage is likely to occur."