Barton Road Nighttime Lane Reductions and Ramp Closures

Steel support elements are being completed as crews prepare for pouring the concrete for the deck sometime in the first week of October.

Barton Road Construction Notice - Week of September 24

Metrolink and Region’s Rail Operators Use Rail Safety Month to Stop Track Tragedies

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LOS ANGELES – Metrolink and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), along with regional passenger rail and freight operators, law enforcement agencies and Operation Lifesaver, issued a call to stop track tragedies by discouraging irresponsible behaviors around tracks, removing homeless encampments along rail rights-of-way and providing more resources for people in despair who may be contemplating suicide.

Every three hours in the U.S. there is an incident involving a train and a person or vehicle, according to Operation Lifesaver, the nation’s largest rail safety organization. The problem is particularly acute in southern California where public and private railroads operate in a dense urban environment.

It runs the gamut from people taking shortcuts on the right-of-way, would-be models posing on tracks as a background for social media posts, to homeless encampments, and, tragically, suicide attempts.

Along Metrolink system tracks, there are nearly 900 grade crossings alone.

“Across the state, passenger rail and freight operators have seen a spike in people trespassing on their rights-of-way,” said Nancy Sheehan-McCulloch of California Operation Lifesaver. “Trespassing on railroad tracks is dangerous and can be deadly.”

Suicide is the leading category for fatal track tragedies on the Metrolink system with at least 10 already in 2018, while there were four in 2017.

“Suicide does not discriminate; it affects people young and old, rich and poor and from different ethnic backgrounds. But the availability of lethal means such as living beside a train track can increase the risk,” says Lyn Morris, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. “Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center has a free and confidential 24/7 Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255). If you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide, please call. Caring counselors are there to help.”

Homeless persons living alongside tracks is a growing problem without easy solutions. At the beginning of 2018, Metrolink identified 140 homeless encampments along its tracks in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Since then, that number has been reduced to 14.

Metrolink and its regional rail partners including Metro, BNSF and Union Pacific Railroad formed a homeless outreach task force that brings law enforcement, mental health and homeless outreach resources to work humanely to remove encampments.

Rail operators, like Metrolink, take a three-pronged approach to rail safety, investing heavily in engineering, education and enforcement, the “three E’s.” But officials say safety is everyone’s responsibility.

“We rely on people to be responsible because sealing the rail corridors is not practical,” said Capt. Karl Schow of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who oversees Metrolink’s law enforcement program. “Trespassers cut through fences to take short cuts.”

There is an alarming number of cases of people using railroad tracks for social media videos and backgrounds for anything from wedding photographs to baby pictures.

For more information about Metrolink, please visit www.metrolinktrains.com.

Exhibitor Registration Ends in 3 Days for Business 2 Business Expo!

The 6th Annual Business 2 Business Expo will connect prime and subcontractors, enhance awareness of local labor, and educate prospective bidders on what makes for an effective proposal. Past events have resulted in lasting relationships that have enhanced opportunities for big and small contractors alike.

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Metrolink Adds Train Service to Los Angeles Rams Home Games

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LOS ANGELES – Metrolink is adding four additional round-trip trains to service five Los Angeles Rams home games at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Metrolink’s $10 Football Train ticket allows fans to skip traffic and parking costs while enjoying a stress-free ride by taking Metrolink and connecting to the LA Memorial Coliseum for Sunday afternoon Rams games this season.

“Metrolink is excited to provide increased train service for football fans across southern California,” said Metrolink CEO Art Leahy. “Fans win by taking Metrolink for only $10 and avoid traffic nightmares and parking fees that can cost up to $100, in addition to gas costs and vehicle wear and tear.”

Metrolink is offering the additional football train service on its Antelope Valley, San Bernardino, Orange County and 91/Perris Valley lines to and from the games. Fans can take Metrolink to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles for a short subway ride to Seventh and Metro station to catch the Expo light rail line for a quick ride to the Coliseum at no additional cost. Click here for additional information about the Coliseum and their clear bag policy.

Metrolink is adding service for the following Los Angeles Rams games:

Sept. 16 1:05 pm vs Arizona Cardinals

Sept. 23 1:05 pm vs Los Angeles Chargers

Oct. 28 1:25 pm vs Green Bay Packers

Nov. 11 1:25 pm vs Seattle Seahawks

Dec. 30 1:25 pm vs San Francisco 49ers

Funded by Metrolink’s member agencies, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) and Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the special trains will enhance existing weekend service to make sure people can depend on public transportation for a safe, convenient and affordable ride to and from the games.

For more information about the Metrolink’s special service to pro football games, please visit https://www.metrolinktrains.com/football.