State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he and his constituents have had enough of the racket at the Long Island Rail Road yard located at Borden Avenue and 2nd Street in LIC.
Trains idle at the yard and pollute the air. On Saturday, Gianaris announced he had penned a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder, asking him to silence the locomotives.
“It is unacceptable that the MTA wastes expensive fuel while transit fares rise and services are being cut,” Gianaris said.
In 2010, elected officials and residents complained to the agency of loud MTA fans in the neighborhood and got them removed. “Just when we thought we succeeded in ridding Long Island City of ear-splitting noises caused by the MTA, we find they are replaced with the loud sounds of idle train engines,” Gianaris said. “Our community’s quality of life should not continually be compromised by inconsiderate actions of the MTA.”
Since residents in the area already have to endure pollution from the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, Gianaris said, they should not have to suffer loud trains as well. In recent years, city laws were passed to increase penalties for idling cars to prevent pollution.