eNewsletter for October 3, 2011   October 5th, 2011

The view from the driver seat of a Metrolink Sealed Corridor grade crossing. This is the Almond St. crossing in Orange. Notice the central medians which discourage vehicles from going around the gates.  There are quad gates: barriers blocking all corners of the intersection. There are also gates blocking the sidewalks to keep pedestrians from crossing when a train is approaching as well as railings to discourage pedestrians from going around gates to walk in front of approaching trains… This program was begun after the 2005 deadly accident near Glendale when a suicidal driver placed his vehicle on the tracks which caused a chain reaction…  These upgrades cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per crossing but are effective in increasing safety at the over 700 grade crossing on the Metrolink system.

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