Idling trains

Commuter trains idle at the layover station in Bradford.

HAVERHILL — The MBTA says it plans to move the commuter rail layover station in Bradford, after more than two decades of complaints by neighbors who say they've had to endure early morning noise and fumes from idling trains.

MBTA officials said they have money to buy land to relocate the station. They said they are looking for a new location. The station, built in the early 1990s, is where commuter trains park overnight. Their engines are started in the early morning hours to prepare for their daily runs.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors and MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board voted on Monday to approve a five-year $18.3 billion MassDOT and MBTA Capital Investment Plan.

MBTA spokesman Joseph Pesaturo said the plan includes $5 million that will allow MBTA real estate officials to begin the process of acquiring property for the new layover station.

He said local elected officials have been briefed on the plans to relocate the layover station.

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