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Linda Dean Campbell first became involved with politics as an environmental activist who successfully represented Methuen in a two-year running fight to prevent the construction of a massive gas/coal fired electrical generation plant on the Merrimack River on the Methuen / Dracut border. As a result of this very successful endeavor, she was encouraged by her neighbors to run for City Council where she topped the ticket and served with distinction for six years. Similarly, because of her record of accomplishments on City Council, she was encouraged by her community to run for State Representative when the seat opened up.

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Neighbors happy loudest trains gone from Bradford station

By Mike LaBella mlabella@eagletribune.com | Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2015 12:30 am

HAVERHILL — Neighbors of the Bradford layover station said they are finally getting some good news as they fight noise and fumes from trains there.

They said that after a meeting with state and MBTA officials, the MBTA has moved the "screamers,'' the loudest trains, out of the station and also made other improvements.

Joseph Zappala, whose backyard on Front Street overlooks the layover station, said train officials have kept their word.

"They promised they would move out the screamers and they have," he said. "And they shut the trains down quicker when they bring them in than they ever have before."

In September, commuter rail officials, city leaders, neighbors met to discuss what could be done to address neighbors' concerns about loud trains idling at night and the early morning hours.

State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives and state Reps. Linda Dean Campbell and Diana DiZoglio scheduled the meeting so neighbors could directly discuss their concerns with commuter rail officials.

Following that meeting, MBTA leaders and officials from Keolis Commuter Services, which handles operation and maintenance of the trains, removed four “screamer” trains that parked overnight at the Bradford station. Officials said these particularly noisy F40 diesel locomotives create a screaming sound when started up and during idling. 

Those four older locomotives were replaced with newer models that commuter rail officials said are less noisy. The MBTA is preparing for the next big step as it plans to replace them with new locomotives officials said are even quieter and more environmentally friendly.

 

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