As a result of comments and concerns about the SQN Questionnaire, the following message is for anyone who does not agree with the form or substance of the questionnaire:
"The critiques and concerns with the survey are valid. Some of the words that I used were interpreted differently than what was meant. It is always hard to be both succinct and clear in writing. I had no intention of manipulating anyone, and I openly welcome a fully transparent discussion on the issue at any time with anyone. I am sorry and deeply regret that the phrasing of the survey has caused so much upset and misunderstanding. This is a really important issue for our community, which we all care about deeply. As we have done throughout Safer Quieter Needham’s existence, I will take the lessons from this and work harder to ensure we communicate more clearly in the future.
"Signed, Lars Unhjem"
A lot of concern was raised about the use of the word substandard. As referenced above, the word choice could have been better.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration's Quiet Zone Calculator, as of May 2021, Needham's railroad crossings are 40% below the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold, the national average.
To repeat, the collision risk index for Needham's railroad crossings are 40% below the national average.
Perhaps substandard is the incorrect word. But we find that 40% the national average is far from where we ought to be.