Metrolink Safety and Passenger Rail in Southern California October 5th, 2009
Reply to a Los Angeles Times report
by Paul Dyson
We should be grateful to the Los Angeles Times for bringing up the topic of rail
safety, even though the pieces that filled your columns last Sunday 27 September
seemed to be more concerned with causing a sensation rather than examining the
causes of the problem. I would be the first to agree that the Buena Vista
crossing at San Fernando Road in Burbank needs to be grade separated. But since
plans are already advanced to do just that, why pick on that location when the
map you published on line indicates as bad or worse problems in Anaheim, Corona,
and other communities? Or why not pick on Caltrans for their dilatoriness in
completing the plans and beginning construction in Burbank rather than the City
engineer who has to work within the rules imposed by the FRA, the California
PUC, and other regulatory agencies?
Reported by Mike Barnbaum, RailPAC Associate Director
Wednesday, 16 September 2009, in Suisun City. The CCJPA FY 10 Budget was passed by all members present as was the CCJPA/Amtrak FY 10 Fixed Price Operating Agreement.