From the Daily News:
A Queens lawmaker is pushing the state to set aside money to alleviate the problem of train pollution that stretches across four counties.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi will call on the legislature to allocate $17 million to swap out the engines on ten of the Long Island Rail Road’s freight locomotives.
Rail has become the preferred method to hauling waste across Suffolk, Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn in the past few years, but that has resulted in increased pollution along the track lines, the lawmaker said.
Residents in the four counties “suffer from high levels of noxious gas emissions from these locomotives’ outdated technology,” Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) wrote in a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, to be delivered Monday.
The current fleet of trains are owned by the LIRR and leased to a private firm that operates them along the New York and Atlantic Railway.
Those train engines, Hevesi said, fall under the lowest possible U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standard, Tier 0, which means they were manufactured at least two decades ago.