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MTA Says 2nd Ave Subway Line Construction Not Increasing Air Pollution

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the blasting involved in creating the Second Avenue subway line has not increased air pollution.

A study commissioned by the MTA found that fine dust, sulfur dioxide and ammonia readings were above standard federal limits. 

But the MTA said the levels were not elevated while the agency was doing blasting. The report stated the higher concentrations were primarily attributed to "local traffic emissions, other local sources such as commercial and residential boilers and regional or background levels."

While most New Yorkers are thrilled at the prospect of a new subway line along Second Avenue, a north-south corridor along the city’s east side, those who live in the area have complained for months about fine dust from the subway construction degrading air quality.

The monitoring program collected data on 10 pollutants at 10 stations along Second Avenue from 69th street to 87th street. Monitoring began in September and lasted a month.

Additional details from the report, done by the private firm Parsons Brinkerhoff, will be presented at a meeting later this month of the Second Avenue Subway Task Force Committee.

 

 

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Comments [3]

Shiv

Want to know how the MTA and PB could have used current air monitoring technology to better assess emissions from the 2nd Ave Subway construction?

Read now!

http://ehswire.com/2012/01/air_monitoring_standards/

Jan. 26 2012 08:31 AM
Connie Citizen from NYC

What folks need on the UES is better, more frequent service – happy to have that done on the existing, decaying 6, something the MTA doesn’t want to provide. Everyone wants this, but we do not want a 2nd Ave Subway built that will cause us (i) LT health issues and (ii) when up and running – currently scheduled to open FIVE years late, at least a billion over budget, and only for the first phase (96th to 72nd with only three or so stops, none the bet. 72 and 86 where the bulk of the UES) traffic is!); and (iii) ruining the quality of life of the neighborhood for decades to come. THIS WHOLE PROJECT IS A SHAM for the MTA to get further into debt (currently approx. $11 billion - although ED Joseph Lhota wants to increase that without restoring and deep service cuts - http://newyork.ibtimes.com/articles/251434/20111117/mta-plans-2012-service-cuts-expected.htm), keep the unions employed and have no accountability for their actions with YOUR TAX DOLLARS! We need to take action or the MTA will bankrupt this city as well as petition our elected officials to overburden tax payers with increased taxes to fund their folly!

FOLKS NEED TO UNITE AND PETITION THEIR ASSEMBLYMAN, COUNSELMAN AND STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES – THEY DON’T LISTEN BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT MAKING YOUR VOICES HEARD!!! TAKE ACTION!

WHAT A JOKE!

Parsons Brinckerhoff, the firm that conducted the study is conflicted; they are systematically engaged by state transit authorities (Tennesee/Massachusetts), including NYC. They also have been subject to lawsuits regarding their conduct. Why the MTA/2nd Ave Subway Staff did not let the Community chose the firm to conduct the study so that we are ensured impartiality is beyond comprehension. Note that the report did state that fine dust, sulfur dioxide and ammonia readings were above standard federal limits. The Community is silly not to organize itself against the MTA and the health hazards they are causing everyone – they are taking us for fools, stating that all of them due to increased traffic – which coincidentially were not around before construction.

FYI: Parsons Brinckerhoff is the General Engineering Consultant on the LI Rail Road/East Side Access Project;

Many have developed severe coughs and other ailments – I’m not litigious, but maybe it’s time for a class action suit?!

Jan. 20 2012 11:11 AM
Connie Citizen

What folks need on the UES is better, more frequent service – happy to have that done on the existing, decaying 6, something the MTA doesn’t want to provide. Everyone wants this, but we do not want a 2nd Ave Subway built that will cause us (i) LT health issues and (ii) when up and running – currently scheduled to open FIVE years late, at least a billion over budget, and only for the first phase (96th to 72nd with only three or so stops, none the bet. 72 and 86 where the bulk of the UES) traffic is!); and (iii) ruining the quality of life of the neighborhood for decades to come. THIS WHOLE PROJECT IS A SHAM for the MTA to get further into debt (currently approx. $11 billion - although ED Joseph Lhota wants to increase that without restoring and deep service cuts - http://newyork.ibtimes.com/articles/251434/20111117/mta-plans-2012-service-cuts-expected.htm), keep the unions employed and have no accountability for their actions with YOUR TAX DOLLARS! We need to take action or the MTA will bankrupt this city as well as petition our elected officials to overburden tax payers with increased taxes to fund their folly!

FOLKS NEED TO UNITE AND PETITION THEIR ASSEMBLYMAN, COUNSELMAN AND STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES – THEY DON’T LISTEN BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT MAKING YOUR VOICES HEARD!!! TAKE ACTION!

WHAT A JOKE!

Parsons Brinckerhoff, the firm that conducted the study is conflicted; they are systematically engaged by state transit authorities (Tennesee/Massachusetts), including NYC. They also have been subject to lawsuits regarding their conduct. Why the MTA/2nd Ave Subway Staff did not let the Community chose the firm to conduct the study so that we are ensured impartiality is beyond comprehension. Note that the report did state that fine dust, sulfur dioxide and ammonia readings were above standard federal limits. The Community is silly not to organize itself against the MTA and the health hazards they are causing everyone – they are taking us for fools, stating that all of them due to increased traffic – which coincidentially were not around before construction.

FYI: Parsons Brinckerhoff is the General Engineering Consultant on the LI Rail Road/East Side Access Project;

Many have developed severe coughs and other ailments – I’m not litigious, but maybe it’s time for a class action suit?!

Jan. 20 2012 10:47 AM

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