Freight and passenger trains have rumbled through Cypress Park for about a century. While Taylor Yard, the former rail yard operated by Southern Pacific, was put out of commission and part of it transformed into parkland, Cypress Park remains home to the main maintenance facility for Metrolink, the commuter rail service. That center, located between San Fernando Road and the Los Angeles River, will be the focus of a Wednesday night meeting to address complaints about the noise and pollution generated by the facility. Metrolink mechanics work on about 28 locomotives at day at the Cypress Park yard, where each engine emits diesel fumes as they idle up to 30 minutes a day while being serviced.
Wednesday’s meeting will be held in Elysian Valley, which sits across the river from the Metrolink yard and where some residents are also concerned about noise and pollution. A website set up by residents summarizes their concerns:
The quality of life is being dangerously impacted in these neighborhoods, especially for our children and our elderly residents, as well as the thousands of California residents that use the new L.A. River bike path, The Rio de Los Angeles State Park and the soon to be opened Central Region High School No. 13.
But Metrolink said it is taking steps to reduce the emissions and noise coming from its trains. The commuter rail line is building another large repair shop in San Bernardino that will reduce the number of engines repaired in Cypress Park by 50% by 2014, Metrolink Chief Executive John E. Fenton said during a meeting last month with Assemblyman Gil Cedillo. Fenton also agreed to investigate a funnel device recommended by air quality officials to reduce pollution while the engines are being serviced and to plant trees around the maintenance center, according to Conrado Terrazas, a spokesman for Cedillo, who summarized the meeting in an email.
Wednesday’s meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dickerson Employee Benefit Center, 1918 Riverside Drive.
- Elysian Valley: Metrolink maintenance yard and environmental justice. Corralitas Red Car