Photo Courtesy of Rep. Meng’s Office
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (r.) and U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao
By Forum Staff
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) recently met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Capitol Hill where they discussed excessive aircraft noise over Queens communities.
According to Meng, she explained that increased airplane noise over the borough is a top concern of many constituents. The congresswoman said that she is constantly advocating for more federal resources for noise-mitigation efforts – whether through new technologies or practices – and urged Chao to work with her to address the problem.
Meng and Chao also discussed the need to improve charter bus safety in the wake of the Dahlia charter bus crash that took place two months ago in Flushing. Three people were killed in the accident and several others were injured. Meng noted that she urged Chao to work with her on preventing future crashes once the National Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation into the incident.
“I thank Secretary Chao for speaking with me and for listening to the issues I raised about transportation-related matters that are important to the people of Queens,” Meng said. “I look forward to working with the secretary on these and other issues that affect our borough, and hope that she will be a strong partner in addressing the concerns of Queens residents.”