NJ Transit to stop idling trains in Spring Valley, Suffern

Submitted by ragnarok on Wed, 11/21/2007 - 15:12
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NJ Transit to stop idling trains in Spring Valley, Suffern

(Original publication: November 20, 2007)

SPRING VALLEY - Idling trains are about to become a thing of the past following NJ Transit's announcement that it will run its engines only on the coldest of days.

The news was welcomed today by Steve White, a member of the Concerned Citizens of Spring Valley, which fought for more than four years to end overnight idling at NJ Transit's Woodbine Yard in the village.

Neighbors had raised concerns about the amount of air pollution and noise from the trains.

In July, it was announced that NJ Transit would halt the idling as long as the temperature was 40 degrees or warmer.

Today, a spokesman for the company, Dan Stessel, said new equipment would allow NJ Transit to stop the idling so long as the temperature was greater than 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

"I think it's very rare around here that the temperature falls below zero," White said today.

He said NJ Transit's announcement was "fantastic" news.

The new policy will also govern idling practices at NJ Transit's Suffern and Port Jervis yards in New York, and its Raritan, Port Morris, and Bay Head yards in New Jersey.

Read more about this story tomorrow in The Journal News.