DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – Last week, CSX Railroad executives agreed to move their trains through a Depew neighborhood faster. News 4 received tips that the garbage trains are still stopping on the tracks. Some residents News 4 spoke with Sunday say the problem has already became a little bit better but others are still bothered by the trains’ smell.
“Why stop here? Stop somewhere where there’s no homes,” said resident Kathy McCarthy. “You can definitely smell it. It definitely lingers,” Steven Aquila, who also lives in the area, added.
The hotter the temperatures this summer, the smellier the neighborhood gets. McCarthy, who lives on Autumn Lea, says on July 4 it was unbearable. “It was very warm and it was here like 48 hours and the smell was awful,” she explained.
CSX says the trains are left on the tracks along Walden Avenue as a staging area when there is too much train traffic ahead. Senator Charles Schumer wrote to CSX’s CEO Michael Ward urging him to find an alternative spot for the trains to park. On Wednesday, Ward said he would do everything possible to fix the problem adding he would de-odorize the trains to limit the smell.
McCarthy doesn’t believe that will solve the problem. “That’s like a joke, what could he possibly do? You’re talking train cars and train cars of awful garbage,” she said.
Some residents told News 4 they haven’t noticed as many garbage trains in the last few days, but when they do park, they still stink. “It will go back and forth. It hasn’t been sitting here for a real long time. I mean it’s bad, it definitely is bad,” said McCarthy.
A spokesperson for Senator Schumer released a statement that said, “Senator Schumer spoke with the CEO of CSX on Wednesday, and received a commitment that the company would make every effort to move these trains out of Depew as soon as possible. The CEO indicated this would likely happen within the next few weeks, and Senator Schumer will watch the situation closely to make sure CSX stays true to its word.”