Friday, July 12, 2024

The East Cambridge Planning Team has a virtual community meeting planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday. Along with a crime update and general Q&A with Cambridge police Sgt. William Macedo, there are two larger topics:

MBTA Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility noise. Residents complained at the February meeting of “unbearable noise” emanating over the past several weeks from an MBTA maintenance facility in Somerville, by Cambridge Crossing in the North Point neighborhood across Monsignor O’Brien Highway. The cause: Keolis Commuter Services isn’t following rules and procedures put in place more than 20 years ago, the team said. State Rep. Mike Connolly is scheduled to come talk on the topic; he has already reported beginning talks with the MBTA and Keolis, including presenting them noise data gathered from the neighborhood and encouraging officials to come experience the noise for themselves.

Rats. Dan Riviello, the community relations manager for the Department of Public Works, is scheduled to deliver an update on city efforts to manage the area’s rat problem.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday on CCTV Channel 9 and watchable by Zoom.