Metrolink Plans $6M Safety Upgrade On High-Risk Valley Crossing
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A railroad crossing in Glendale which experts have called the most dangerous in the Metrolink system is set to receive millions of dollars in safety improvements.
KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the crossing at Doran Street and San Fernando Road is the focus of a new $6 million effort to improve traffic safety for pedestrians and trains alike.
Officials said an estimated 90 freight and passenger trains pass through Doran Street every day, making it the crossing with the highest potential for disaster in over 300 sites.
Metrolink will focus the funds on reducing the potential for collisions between trains and motor vehicles — specifically the propane trucks.
John Gasparian with Trans Gas Propane said in addition to improving traffic safety, local businesses stand to benefit from the effort as well.
“It’s great news….the improvements needed to come and needed to come fast,” said Gasparian.
Planned upgrades will include improved traffic signals, new crossing gates, and an expanded intersection to avoid vehicles lining up on the tracks.