The Richmond Hill resident worries about the poor conditions of the elevated J Line - including a dripping chemical called creosote, crumbling concrete pillars, chipping lead paint and falling pieces of metal.
J line crud gets attention
According to the MTA, regular and frequent maintenance will be performed until permanent repairs can be made - in 2009. Currently, the line is undergoing pre-repair testing.
In addition, workers will phase out the use of creosote and replace it with a less environmentally harmful substance, as well as install a more absorbent protective wrap along the J Line.
According to the website for FELA, or the Federal Employers Liability Act, “Creosote is the name used for numerous substances that are produced using high temperature treatment of coal, certain woods, or resin from the creosote bush. Widely used and unregulated for almost two centuries, creosote can be found in thousands of miles of railroad tracks and rail yards across the country. However, recent research has linked creosote to a number of health hazards, including convulsions, liver disease, cancer, and even death.”
See also: Goo from above
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Trestle decay at Seaside A train station worries riders
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