Since April of 2011 our coalition, Northeast LA Residents For Clean Air, along with many local residents, local neighborhood councils, and public officials have conducted several well attended community meetings with representatives from Metrolink and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) to ratify many of the pollutants entering our neighborhoods as documented on this web site. Metrolink representatives have responded very positively and are currently implementing a number of policy changes (Metrolink Commitments) and they're currently committed to further reducing pollutants and noise released from the Metrolinks Central Maintenance Facility in the coming years.
We are most grateful and Metrolink is to be commended for their cooperation and openness with our communities in this regard!
However more can and is expected to be done to reduce further pollutants.
The following letter is being sent to Metrolink’s Board Member Chair, Richard Katz. We are currently gathering endorsements from local residents, various coalitions, neighborhood councils and public officials. If you have not received a letters for endorsing our efforts, we welcome you do so here on this online endorsement letter.
Northeast Residents for Clean Air coalition.
Photo: March 26th, 2012 (click to enlarge)
Richard Katz, Chair
SCRRA Board of Directors
Angeles, CA 90053-1776
Metrolink Taylor Yard Maintenance Facility, 1555 N. San Fernando Road, Los
recent announcement of John Fenton’s retirement as CEO of Metrolink, we are counting
on you to ensure promises made to our community are fulfilled by the Board and
the next CEO. Currently, short
term promises to clean up Metrolink’s emissions, made by Fenton in January,
have not been fulfilled.
greatly concerned with the serious health effects on our community adjacent to
the Metrolink Central Service Yard.
With more than 30 locomotives serviced daily, often idling for 2 more
hours each, our community’s health and our children’s future is in danger.
no fewer than 9 nearby schools, as well as Cypress Park Recreation Center, Rio
de Los Angeles State Park and the LA River Bike Trail. You are not only putting our
neighborhoods at risk, but also school children and adults who use the nearby
schools and recreational facilities.
Remarkably, Metrolink is even planning senior and family residential
development on an adjacent parcel of Taylor Yard, putting even more people at
risk of lifelong respiratory illness and premature death.
addition to the promise to upgrade 30 of 52 locomotives in the Metrolink fleet
by the end of 2014, we would also like to remind you of the near term
goals. We support the requests of the
Northeast LA Residents for Clean Air including:
immediate third-party Health Risk Assessment for the nearby communities of
Cypress Park and Elysian Valley, with special attention to the 9 nearby schools
& all area recreational facilities.
reduction in service yard hours – with no “overflow traffic.” Limit servicing hours to 7 AM to 3 PM,
Monday through Friday and no weekend service. Any overflow traffic into the facility must be serviced at
alternative facilities such as the Eastern Maintenance Facility.
electric outlets should be installed throughout Taylor Yard to provide power to
passenger cars while they are being serviced to reduce engine idling time.
enforcement of safety regulations for noisy, heavy exhaust periods, including
reducing the idling time of each engine serviced for no more than 20 minutes
per day. Purchase and use
non-polluting pushcarts for moving trains around the yard.
of exhaust and noise capture hood devices where engines are “load tested”, i.e.
heaving revving and for engines that are idling during daily general
a quiet zone for horns and bells.
Work with the community considering sound barriers.
Many in our community
have no health insurance and rely on County Health Services for even the most
basic health care. Our
community’s health and our children’s future should not be the price for
getting more cars off the road and people into public transportation. We strongly urge you to support the requests by the
Northeast LA Residents for Clean Air.