Idling Trains in Andover: Update & Next Steps

Over the past few months, many Andover residents have been increasingly affected by the ongoing issue of idling Pan Am trains. Thank you to everyone who reached out to my office to raise awareness about this problem – I know this is causing a significant burden for many of your families, and you must be eager for an update: I have been working diligently with partners at the local, state, and federal levels to help find a solution in the fastest, most effective manner possible. It is thanks to your correspondence and activism that I was able to bring together these relevant parties.

 

Since I began hearing from constituents about this issue late last year, I have been keeping a careful record of all letters, emails, and phone calls that have come to my office.  At every meeting I attend about the idling trains, I bring a file full of your correspondence detailing how this issue continues to impact you and your families.  I encourage you to continue sending me your stories, photos, and time logs of the idling trains, as these have been indispensable resources in my conversations with Pan Am.  Please feel free to reach out to me at (617) 722-1612 or at Barbara.litalien@masenate.gov.

 

In late January, I convened a meeting with Cynthia Scarano, Vice President of Pan Am Railways, and representatives from the local, state, and federal government for the town of Andover.  During this meeting, I shared many of your concerns about how these idling trains impact your health, property values, safety, and quality of life.  As your State Senator, I have maintained steady communication with appropriate state agencies including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  Please know that, in addition to those agencies, the Andover Town Manager, Andover Board of Selectmen, Andover Board of Health, Andover Police and Fire Departments, and the offices of State Representatives Frank Moran and Jim Lyons, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Congressman Seth Moulton, and Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren have all been working closely to address your concerns and develop a meaningful solution.

 

While the idling trains continue to pose a severe problem in our town, I believe that we have seen some improvement over the past month as a result of your continued activism and the actions we have taken on the local, state, and federal levels.

 

Here’s the next step: this Monday, February 27th at 7PM, Cynthia Scarano from Pan Am will be attending the Andover Board of Selectmen meeting at Memorial Hall Library, to hear from you about this idling train problem. I encourage you to attend – I will be there, and hope you can join me at this important opportunity to raise our concerns.  

 

Thank you for your patience as we work toward an effective solution. I promise to continue to work tirelessly on your behalf and keep you updated on a regular basis. Please continue to reach out to me.