Metrolink announced Tuesday that it was awarded $10.7 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund passenger rail safety and speed improvement projects in the Burbank-Anaheim Rail Corridor, one of the busiest thoroughfares in Southern California.
The funding from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program will partially fund the Burbank Corridor Speed and Safety Improvements Project, which will enhance service on Metrolink’s Ventura County and Antelope Valley lines, according to the commuter rail service.
Nearly 100 passenger and freight trains operate each weekday through Burbank and Glendale, Metrolink officials said. The federal award will be matched with state funds to cover the balance of the project.
“These funds will support much-needed safety and operational improvements in a heavily traveled rail corridor,” said Metrolink Board Chair Brian Humphrey.
“With roadways in Southern California at capacity and population continuing to grow, more people are looking for an environmentally-friendly alternative to driving that also allows them to avoid freeway traffic,” he said. “This grant allows us to improve the service to our customers, so we can continue our record-breaking trend of ridership growth.”
Funds from the CRISI Grant Program are used to increase safety, efficiency and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail systems. The Los Angeles County project will improve the tracks and signal controls between Metrolink’s Burbank Airport-South and Glendale stations, which will reduce train congestion and increase on-time performance on track shared with Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight services, along with the Union Pacific Railroad freight services, according to Metrolink.
“This project, located in my district, will help Metrolink improve station safety for pedestrians, reduce travel time and improve speed in this crucial intercity and regional rail corridor, and I am thrilled to see it move forward,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank.
In addition to the projects along the Burbank-Anaheim Rail Corridor, Metrolink is working to implement the Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) Program, which is designed to improve rail infrastructure to facilitate more frequent service by the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Metrolink is the largest commuter rail agency in California and the third largest in the United States, operating seven lines along a 538-mile network that travels across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
Last year, Metrolink set a ridership record with nearly 12 million passenger boardings.
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