Rail

L.A. Metro tests first car on Gold Line

Posted on January 29, 2009

[IMAGE]LAmetrotestFull.jpg[/IMAGE] The first light rail car to run the full length of the six-mile Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension alignment left Union Station on Jan.27, heading east toward the line’s terminus at Atlantic Boulevard and Pomona Street.

The Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, which will feature eight stations (two underground), will span six miles from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles via the Arts District/Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights to Atlantic/Pomona Boulevards in East Los Angeles.

The trip was part of a clearance test in which the train car was towed, rather than self-powered, at approximately 5 mph so that it could easily stop on short notice. The test was done to verify proper clearance between the rail car and surrounding equipment and facilities, including 1.8-mile-long twin tunnels under Boyle Heights. On platforms, clearance was carefully measured where doors will open at eight stations — two of them underground — along the route. Towing was done by a small truck on rails.

The Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension has posted an exemplary safety record: more than 3.7 million construction working hours without a single lost-time injury — a record unparalleled by any major public works project in the country. The project is also under budget and projected for early completion.

The last streetcar ran on First Street just after midnight on March 31, 1963.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

NJ Transit train crashes into station, killing 1 injuring 100

All PATH service and all NJ Transit rail service is suspended into and out of Hoboken, with passengers being advised to use light rail.

Atlanta Streetcar gets FTA grant to explore system expansion

The FTA monies would go toward an “Atlanta Beltline Transit Supportive Land Use Implementation Plan,” involving 16 miles of proposed east, west and crosstown streetcar corridors.

China developing 300 mph trains to lead export of high-speed tech

Under an ambitious government plan starting this year, the country is developing trains that can run on a hybrid-propulsion system that allows higher speeds.

Part of Amtrak investment package to modernize D.C. Union Station concourse

Early action construction will start in the fall of 2016 and include the relocation of heating and ventilation. Full-phased construction, funded by the new investment package, is anticipated to start in 2017 and will seek to minimize impacts to all station users.

Talgo to return to Milwaukee location to refurbish LA Metro railcars

In 2015, Talgo settled a lawsuit against the state, resulting in the company receiving roughly $50 million and keeping the two trains that were manufactured.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close