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The move to have LIRR use only Tier 4 Switch Duty cycle locomotives “is in the best interest of my constituents,” Miller said.
By Michael V. Cusenza
Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) recently fired off a letter “strongly” urging the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Long Island Rail Road to strictly employ Tier 4 Switch Duty cycle locomotives—the “cleanest,” according to the assemblyman—on New York & Atlantic Railway tracks in the 38th District.
“This is in the best interest of my constituents,” Miller wrote in his missive to MTA LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski.
The exclusive move, Miller noted, would be in the best interest of families in communities such as Glendale, Ridgewood, and Middle Village that “live in close proximity to the rail line and are exposed to polluting fumes on a daily basis.”
Following last Thursday’s meeting of the Glendale Property Owners Association, Civics United for Railroad Environmental Solutions Chairwoman Mary Parisen-Lavelle praised Miller for his adamant advocacy.
“MTA LIRR Communications emphasize that locomotives will be Tier 4, that they’re much cleaner. However, [the MTA] fails to address very serious issues that Assemblyman Miller, other elected officials, and CURES have repeatedly raised,” Parisen-Levelle said. “Much larger line haul locomotives are operationally and technically inappropriate for use in switching operations, day and night, right next to our homes. They will pollute up to 30-percent more, creating needless health hazards for our families and railroad workers. MTA-LIRR has never used them and has not proven they need them. As Assemblyman Miller wrote: ‘I strongly urge you to consider employing just the cleanest locomotives –Tier 4 Switch Duty cycle locomotives for NYAR. This is in the best interest of my constituents.’ The MTA should listen.”