Officials from Metrolink are scheduled to appear at a Wednesday night meeting to respond to a long list of environmental concerns raised by Cypress Park and Elysian Valley residents over the commuter rail service’s maintenance yard in Cypress Park. The meeting is a follow up to an October gathering during which residents complained about noise and air pollution generated by the maintenance yard, located between the Los Angeles River and San Fernando Road.
The commuter rail service has no plans to shut down the facility, which services 30 train sets on most weekdays, said spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt. Coffelt would not say what Metrolink officials would talk about on Wednesday. “It’s just a next step in an ongoing relationship with our neighbors,” she said.
Environmentalists and neighborhood activists said the idling locomotives at maintenance center – part of the former Taylor Yards that operated for decades in Cypress Park until it closed about 20 years ago - emit diesel exhaust and noise within only a few hundred feet of homes and the Cypress Park Recreation Center.