Neighbors sound off about train noise and MTA project

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SUNNYSIDE, Queens — They have heard enough.

Sunnyside residents are asking the MTA to add noise mitigation aspects to the East Side Access project bringing the LIRR into Grand Central.

“Yet again, the MTA has failed to keep its promises,” said NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer who lives in the neighborhood and represents the district. “Given the engineering challenges the MTA has faced in the East Side Access project, it’s difficult to believe they can’t build a simple noise barrier.”

The big interlocking and connection point is in Sunnyside, Queens. The $10.8 billion project has faced cost overruns and delays. It’s set to be done by the end of 2022.

The MTA says a sound wall was not promised.

“We want to be good neighbors and provide the maximum benefits to the community, within the envelope of what is feasible from a technical perspective,” said an MTA Spokesperson in a statement.

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