The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will install noise dampers on all N and Q line trains serving the Astoria- Ditmars Boulevard subway stop in order to alleviate noise problems stemming from application of the trains’ air brakes.
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) wrote to MTA President Thomas Prendergast last year, stating that the noise became increasingly disruptive as more of the cars became fitted with the brakes.
“This deafening noise has been scaring little kids, startling our senior citizens and damaging our eardrums for far too long,” Vallone said Monday.
Vallone said the MTA dispatched its Car Equipment Division to evaluate the problem, including an inspection of the entire line and all equipment. The study found that the noise produced by the brakes added more than 10 decibels to the area’s ambient sound levels.
“The Councilman brought this problem to our attention,” an MTA spokeswoman said. “It wasn’t an easy fix, which is why it took a bit of time to solve, but we’re pleased we are able to make this improvement for the community.”