It hasn’t even been in effect a full week yet, and already
neighbors are starting to complain about the nighttime noise resulting from
PierPass operations in California.
The program – which extended the hours of operation for the
ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles until 3 a.m. on weekdays and set up a fee
structure for peak hours of operation – officially kicked off Saturday, July
23, though officials have delayed collecting fees until Friday, July 29 while
they deal with a slew of last minute registrants.
Meanwhile, residents of North Long Beach are not happy. The
Long Beach Press Telegram reported that there have already been
complaints from the town, which is located along several key routes to and from
the port complex including the Long Beach Freeway.
The Press Telegram reported that Roger Holman,
president of the Coolidge Triangle Homeowner’s Association, sent a letter to
the Long Beach Harbor Commission and the Long Beach and Los Angeles city
councils claiming that the program would bring unwanted noise and pollution to
“About a month ago, I woke up at 3 a.m. from hearing a truck
go by,” Holman told the Press Telegram.
Holman also called on the ports and terminal operators to do
an environmental review of the program. PierPass defended the program and said
it did not need an environmental review, as the program only represents a
change in operations, not an increase in capacity.
However, PierPass plans to hold several town hall meetings
to discuss ways in which the program can be improved.