No more foul-smelling freight trains for residents
by Katherine Kurre
Aug 23, 2011 | 3167 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents in Middle Village won't have to hold their noses or cover their ears anymore when a freight train stops near their home.

The freight train hook-up, located just northeast of 69th Place in Middle Village, will be moved to a less-residential area, eliminating foul smells and noise disturbance.

The news comes as a relief to residents, since the hook-up was housed next to P.S. 128 in a highly populated residential area.

“Residents at 69th Place have dealt with the unbearable noise and foul smells caused by these freight trains for too long,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

The freight trains, which carry municipal solid waste, often were left idling while their brakes pressurized, creating noise pollution and unpleasant odors for the surrounding area.

Crowley, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblymen Andrew Hevesi and Michael Miller and Assemblywoman Marge Markey worked with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and CSX Freight Corporation to reach several agreements on the issue.

It includes the installation of two new hook-up sites, located farther back from the current stop.

On August 16, residents, track-side homeowners, and community organizations from both Middle Village and Glendale met at P.S.128 to hear details about the new agreement that will help alleviate the nuisance.

One of the hook-ups will be located 600 feet back, off 69th Street near All Faiths Cemetery. The second hook-up, which will be used for freight trains operating at full capacity, will be 450 feet northeast of the current location.

DOT would have to install lights underneath the 69th Place overpass in order to ensure safety for workers. Additional costs for the move should be minimal.

According to a press release from Addabbo’s office, the plan to move the hook-up location is an important short-term step to provide relief to residents.

Elected officials will “continue the ongoing dialogue with the community, rail companies and government agencies to make sure the movement of freight rail is safe, quiet and clean,” the release said.
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