Friday, September 14, 2007

Brennan Supports F Express w 'Conditions'

Gary has broken it down for you at Brooklyn Streets (Assemblyman Brennan on the F Express ). But here's the letter Brennan sent to the MTA and the official statement.

From Assemblyman Brennan's official statement (on his letter to the MTA) :
I support the concept of restoration of F express service and extending the G train to Church Avenue and V train service along the F line in Brooklyn. However, restoration of the F express must proceed cautiously,with extensive testing and review of track conditions. The property above the F train tunnel has experienced serious vibration and noise problems over the years, primarily in Windsor Terrace but also in Kensington and along the Ninth Street corridor. My office has intervened four times over the past 20 years to get the M.T.A. to spend millions in track renovation and repairs to protect adjacent homes and property from damage due to vibration. At this time we are sending a letter to the M.T.A. asking for extensive testing of F express service prior to the beginning of construction on the elevated platforms at Fourth Avenue and Smith-9th Street. Thank you for your efforts to raise this issue.

Brennan's letter:
Dear Mr. Sander,
Thank you for your response to my letter concerning F Line Express service. I do understand that the Culver Viaduct rehabilitation project will require use of the F Express tracks, beginning in 2008. However, the Culver Viaduct rehabilitation and bypass will have significant impact on service during the period of work and it is important for the community to have meaningful information about what to expect, especially in view of the longstanding vibration problems experienced by property owners along the F line in Windsor Terrace and Kensington.
I would therefore like to ask you to begin testing F Line Express service prior to the Culver Viaduct rehabilitation by running a limited number of express trains over these tracks over a period of 3-4 months. Such a study would provide valuable information about the current quality of the tracks, would test the impact of the service on surrounding communities, and would provide data for assessing the value and viability of re-introducing regular F Express Service after completion of the Culver Viaduct project. Given the chronic subway vibration problems in Windsor Terrace and Kensington communities, it is prudent to conduct this sort of controlled study before you begin running trains on the F Express tracks during the rehabilitation project.
I would like to invite you to come out to Brooklyn to brief the community boards and local elected officials about the service impact of the project and to begin a dialogue about restoration of the F Line Express. I would also appreciate a complete description of the schedule and impact of the rehabilitation projects, as well as a map of the location of the F Line Express tracks. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

James F. Brennan