I support NE LA Residents for Clean Air & letter to John F., CEO Metrolink
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I support NE LA Residents for Clean Air & letter to John F., CEO Metrolink

    1. Petition by

      Grove Pashley

      Los Angeles, CA

March 12, 2012
John Fenton, Chief Executive Officer
Metrolink
One Gateway Plaza, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re: Metrolink Taylor Yard Maintenance Facility, 1555 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, 90065

Mr. Fenton:

We are 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 or more hours each, they are creating a hazardous environment for our community’s health and our children.

There are 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 many school children and adults who use the nearby schools and recreational facilities. Remarkably, there are plans for senior and family residential development on an adjacent parcel of Taylor Yard, putting even more people at risk of lifelong respiratory illness.

In 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:

• An immediate focused Health Risk Assessment for the Taylor Yard Facility from Metrolink. We need to know what the baseline emissions are, to be able to quantify the effectiveness of your remediation efforts.

• Immediate 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 power should be upgraded throughout Taylor Yard to provide power to passenger cars while they are being serviced to reduce engine idling time.

• Stronger 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.

• Installation 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 maintenance.

• Implement a quiet zone for horns and bells. Work with the LA City Council Districts and the communities in order to implement 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.

Thank you,

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    • Todd Garlington LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Our neighborhood is changing. Repairs to infrastructure, the construction of new schools, and the development of parklands along the Los Angeles River reflect a transformation from heavy industry to commercial, residential, and recreational usage. Metrolink needs to acknowledge these changes and operate the Taylor Yard accordingly. That means respecting the environment, curbing noise and air pollution, and gradually shifting maintenance to areas of the city more appropriate to heavy industry.

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    • Daniel Wright LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Is it possible that number of vehicles serviced now exceeds the limit discussed and mitigated in the original EIR? Metrolink receives federal funds and under TItle VI must operate its programs with disproportionate impact on minority communities living near its service facilities.

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    • Heinrich Keifer LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      We need to protect our air, now and for future generations.

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    • Susan Rocha LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I live in Cypress Park which is on the other side of Taylor Yard near San Fernando Road. I have seen the air pollution. I have seen the trains idle. I breathe the pollution that the trains spill out. I hear the train noise, bells and whistles and back up warning sounds. The noise starts early and ends very late. I am asking for something to be done. To begin with, plelase put in a "quiet zone".

      Thanks to others in our closeby Elysian Valley community for working hard on getting some action taken. We all live in the same area and have the same issues with the trains.

      Susan Rocha

      Board member of Greater Cypress Park neighborhood council

      Speaking only on my own behalf

      I support the NorthEast residents for clean air and peace and quiet.

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