Can you hear me now?
If you’ve been riding the subway for years, probably not. The trains are too damn loud.
Not a shock. The system is built on an ancient infrastructure running fairly modern trains. So surprisingly, when a train goes by, it can hurt your ears big time.
Just to drive the point home, Columbia University did a little study to make sure.
They officially discovered that the subways have the highest noise level at 80.4 decibels. Some platforms were over 100. Just for reference, a chainsaw runs at about 100 decibels.
I know I’ve made fun of the people on the platforms that wear earplugs. Don’t get me wrong, I still think it is really weird. But maybe they have the right idea. A decade from now, maybe those people will be the only ones in town that can actually hear.