MTA Still Frustrating Long Island City Residents

Just about two months ago, I talked about a story in the New York Daily News which highlighted how the MTA was frustrating some Long Island City residents. The source of the frustration was from an exhaust fan that the MTA was part of the replacement of rails in the East River Tunnel. Fast forward to the present & the frustration is still there from local residents. Joe Kemp of the New York Daily News has more in this report:

They’re just tired of it.

Hundreds of Long Island City residents continue to be awakened after midnight by the howling of an MTA exhaust fan, a month after the agency promised to reduce the disturbance, neighbors said.

Residents of Citylights and other buildings near the small industrial plant where the fan is located have been roused from their slumber by the noise every weeknight between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. since late May, locals said.

Workers for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have been using the fan for ventilation as they cut and weld new rails on the 7 train line in the Steinway Tunnel, a spokeswoman said.

In a letter sent in June, the MTA told residents the agency would use an exhaust fan at the other end of the tunnel in Manhattan by mid-July to mitigate the loud noise at the Queens end.

But because the work is currently being done closer to the Queens end, using the fan on the Manhattan side now would not reduce the air quality risk for those workers, said Deirdre Parker, a spokeswoman for the MTA.

“Safety is a prime importance for our workers,” she said, adding that they are working on a plan to use the other fan.

City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) said the MTA had better act quickly. He plans to hold a protest at noon today at the site of the fan.

Click here for the complete report.

As I said back in June, the MTA just can’t win when they battle people who make a living complaining & local politicians who jump at the chance to score a positive response from their constituents. The work needs to be done & sometimes that is at the detriment of some. If the work does not get done, these same people would complain about how the MTA neglected their local subway line. Do you see how they can never win? A shame……..

xoxo Transit Blogger

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