Security and Safety

Calif. DOT receives FRA grant to separate railroad tracks, road

Posted on March 30, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced a $1.5 million grant to the State of California to fund the design of a bridge that will carry vehicular traffic on Rice Avenue over railroad tracks in Oxnard.

Currently, the Union Pacific tracks, which Metrolink, Amtrak and freight trains utilize, intersect with Rice Avenue. On Feb. 24, 2015, a Metrolink train derailed when it struck an abandoned truck near the crossing, killing the engineer and injuring 33 others. NTSB is currently investigating the derailment.

“This grant will be instrumental in helping to reduce accidents and fatalities at our nation’s railroad crossings and ensuring that the rail system is modernized to meet future needs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Through a combination of grants, education, and enforcement, we can — and will — achieve our goal of preventing accidents and deaths at railroad crossings.”

The project is one of nine rail projects in eight states selected to receive nearly $10 million to upgrade and increase the safety of railroad crossings along energy routes under the Railroad Safety Grants for the Safe Transportation of Energy Products (STEP) by Rail Program. FRA received 34 eligible applications requesting five times the $10 million available for the program, or $50.8 million.

The California Department of Transportation will design a six-lane bridge, including sidewalks and bike lanes, on Rice Avenue over Union Pacific tracks and State Route 34 and close the existing rail crossing. The bridge will stretch approximately 800 feet north and south of the existing crossing, which will be closed.

Each year, train traffic through this area includes 1,820 Metrolink commuter trains, 3,120 Amtrak intercity trains and 4,368 Union Pacific trains. Rice Avenue is also a primary truck route to the Port of Hueneme with an average of 35,000 vehicles daily. Since 1976, there have been 13 accidents that have resulted in one injury and two fatalities, in addition to the February 2015 derailment.

“The safest crossing is one that doesn’t exist, and this grant gets us closer to closing a crossing where thousands of trains and cars pass each other every day,” said FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg. “By separating Rice Avenue from the tracks below, we will increase safety for both rail passengers and drivers and increase Los Angeles’ transportation system reliability.”

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

More News

NJ Transit using explosive screening device at random stations

Known as a passive threat analysis system, the equipment monitors riders by measuring body density as they pass by, but doesn't require them to stop and empty their pockets to be checked.

L.A. Metro system bomb threat not credible, FBI says

Authorities found no evidence regarding a specific but uncorroborated threat made by a caller who warned that a bomb would blow up on Tuesday at the Metro Red Line's Universal City station.

L.A. on alert after terrorist threat to Metro rail station

The threat came to light a few days after the one year anniversary of the Dec. 2, 2015, terror attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 people and injured 22 others at the Inland Regional Center.

Passengers toss liquid on SEPTA bus driver

The driver was treated by doctors and released without injury. No passengers suffered any injuries and those on board were placed on a following bus. 

Last Chance: Rosco Vision to present webinar on collision avoidance system

Will provide an in-depth look into the driving environment of large transit buses.

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