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Regional Rail

The Regional Rail unit at Metro is responsible for considering the planning, programming, and implementation of commuter rail projects in L.A. County that are or will be operated by other agencies such as Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) (also known as “Metrolink”), Amtrak, California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), and freight. This unit also manages and coordinates capital improvement projects, including studies, engineering and construction, along approximately 150 miles of Metro owned and Metrolink operated railroad right-of-way. Metro Regional Rail continues to advance projects that improve regional rail mobility in the County, including preparing for the eventual arrival of High Speed Rail as well as modernizing Union Station to transform it into a world class transit and mobility hub for all operators.

SCRRA is a joint powers authority (JPA) which operates the Metrolink commuter rail service on behalf of the five counties in the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan region. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is a member agency of the SCRRA. In addition, Metro is a member agency of the Los Angeles-San Diego LOSSAN Joint Powers Authority. The LOSSAN corridor is the second busiest intercity corridor in the nation.

Metro is instrumental in the planning and coordination efforts within the County of Los Angeles for the future high speed rail program connecting northern California to Southern California. The Metro Regional Rail unit is involved with regional and statewide groups working to develop integrated commuter and intercity passenger and freight rail service in Southern California.


Burbank-Glendale-Los Angeles Corridor Study


Metro staff are conducting an initial feasibility study to consider adding two additional stations in the City of Glendale and up to two additional stations in the City of Los Angeles as well as considering opportunities for potentially providing increased train service throughout the day from Union Station to the City of Burbank with opportunities to include expanded service to the Antelope Valley. This is a first step in examining increased rail connectivity in the Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank Corridor. Additional stations would need to be spaced appropriately and limited so as not to severely affect travel time for those travelling beyond Burbank to the outer terminus of the lines in Ventura and the Antelope Valley. Metro staff are in the process of inventorying possible options for increasing the City of Glendale’s access to the Regional Transit System within the context of the existing Metrolink system and future High Speed Rail service. This initial inventorying effort will examine the existing infrastructure, planned and funded projects and potential future initiatives to improve connectivity to the greater Metro system.

Additional information will be provided on this website once results from this initial feasibility study are available and further defined.  Please continue to check this website for any additional information or updates.

Antelope Valley Line Study

The Antelope Valley Line (AVL) Study (“Study”) is intended to look at increasing the frequency of the Metrolink service and develop a phased and prioritized approach for capital improvements based on benefits, costs and impacts. Metro is conducting the Study and ultimately seeking solutions to realize the full potential of the AVL. The AVL is currently Metrolink’s third busiest line with approximately 7,000 passengers per weekday. The AVL is facing a variety of service challenges due to aging infrastructure through parts of mountainous terrain, on approximately 60% on single track. Single track infrastructure system is comparable to bi-directional traffic on a single lane. The Study is scheduled for completion in Spring 2019.

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Metrolink Station Relocation Feasibility Studies

In March 2016, the Metro Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion to examine the feasibility of relocating three existing Metrolink stations and creating a new Metrolink station at the base of Rio Hondo College. The three existing stations under study are the Northridge, El Monte, and Montebello/Commerce stations.

Project details

Claremont Metrolink Station Study

The City of Claremont hosted a community meeting on December 11, 2017 with representatives from Metro, Metrolink and the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority. Staff representatives from each agency presented preliminary findings of a study assessing the potential impacts of removing the Claremont Metrolink Station.

Below are links to the City of Claremont's webpages with the presentation and handout from this meeting:

The public is encouraged to send comments to Metro through December 21, 2017:

Regional Rail
Metro
One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-17-2
Los Angeles, CA 90012
regionalrail@metro.net

Presentation of findings and recommendations were presented to the MetroBoard in January 2018. Metro staff recommended that the Metrolink Claremont Station remain open. It is anticipated that a task force will be established to proactively develop a toolbox of strategies that would make the Metrolink and future Gold Line services better complement each other.

Brighton to Roxford Double Track (San Fernando Valley – Burbank-Sun Valley-Pacoima-Sylmar) – Environmental and Engineering

The Brighton to Roxford Double Track Project (Project), proposed by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), would add a second main line track to an approximately 11-mile single track transportation corridor in east San Fernando Valley. The Project will be implemented in an active rail corridor within existing rail, public, and station right-of-ways. The corridor runs between Hollywood Way in the City of Burbank and through the cities of Los Angeles and San Fernando, to Roxford Street in Sylmar. This project would create over 25 miles of continuous double track rail from Downtown Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley.


Project Materials

Meetings

Los Angeles County Grade Crossing Safety Program

This study includes 110 at-grade railroad crossings along 132 miles of Metro-owned railroad right-of-way that Metrolink operates commuter rail service in Los Angeles County.  Phase 1 of the study includes an overall strategy to enhance safety at grade crossings and along rail corridors, and identify potential funding sources for the improvements.  Phase 2 of the study includes an evaluation of several high-priority grade crossings for potential grade separation candidates.

Van Nuys Station Project

Metro completed the planning and design of this project. This project is currently under construction with Metrolink. Please visit the Metrolink website for any information regarding construction-related updates.

  • Creates a center platform to meet increasing rail traffic demands
  • Provides safe pedestrian access through a grade separated pedestrian crossing
  • Improves travel times for intercity and commuter rail service
  • Improves train operational reliability and on-time performance
  • Serves both Amtrak and Metrolink passengers
  • Serves 32 trains per weekday
  • Measure R funded
  • Project Area Map
  • Van Nuys Station Project Fact Sheet
  • Community Meeting Presentation

Doran Street and Broadway/Brazil Grade Separation Project

A unique combination of limited access, high traffic counts, adjacent industrial uses, and residential interests make safety and mobility enhancements in this area a priority issue. Both Doran Street and Broadway/Brazil are located on the south side of the State Route 134 (SR-134) and east of the Los Angeles River. Approximately 90 Metrolink, Amtrak and freight trains use this crossings daily. Metro is currently proposing an alternative that includes the Salem/Sperry Overpass, located at Salem Street in the City of Glendale to Sperry Street in the City of Los Angeles, connecting West San Fernando Road to San Fernando Road, and a connector road that extends West San Fernando Road to the Fairmont Avenue bridge.

Project Details

Rancho Vista Grade Separation (Palmdale)

  • Eliminates the at-grade intersection of Rancho Vista Boulevard and Sierra Highway by creating a grade separation including raising the profile of Rancho Vista Boulevard over Sierra Highway and the adjacent Metrolink and UPRR tracks
  • Reduces traffic delays due to train operations
  • Enhances traffic operations
  • Increases rail, traffic, and pedestrian safety
  • Reduces existing traffic congestion and delay along Rancho Vista Boulevard, Sierra Highway, Avenue P-8, and at the Rancho Vista Boulevard/Sierra Highway intersection
  • Measure R funded

Raymer to Bernson Double Track Project – (Van Nuys-Northridge-Chatsworth)

Los Angeles County Station Needs Assessment

The study will:

  • Identify safety improvements and infrastructure enhancements for all Metrolink stations in Los Angeles County
  • Establish the minimum standards and/or amenities each station should have to provide a consistent passenger experience
  • Measure R funded
  • Adds a second platform to meet increasing rail traffic demands
  • Provides safe pedestrian access through a grade separated pedestrian crossing
  • Improves travel times for intercity and commuter rail service
  • Improves train operational reliability and on-time performance
  • Serves both Amtrak and Metrolink passengers
  • Serves 32 trains per weekday

Burbank Airport – North Metrolink Station

The new Burbank Airport – North Metrolink Station is located only one mile from the airport terminals north of Hollywood Burbank Airport on the Antelope Valley Line of the Metrolink system. The construction of the new station began March 2017 and was completed in May 2018. Operations began in May 2018. Additionally, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority operates a free shuttle bus service linking the terminal to this station.

Informational Items

Video Presentations

Vincent Grade/ Acton Station Second Platform

Additional platform for boarding and siding to relieve congestion for passenger and goods movement.

Construction complete! This project is in service with Metrolink

Lone Hill to White – Double Track – Environmental and Engineering

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is evaluating the addition of a second mainline track along the Metrolink San Bernardino Line in the cities of San Dimas and La Verne. The proposed 3.9-mile double track segment would be located between Lone Hill Ave and White Ave. The goal of the proposed project is to enhance safety, improve Metrolink service, and upgrade 12 crossings to be “Quiet Zone Ready.”

An environmental evaluation and design of up to 30% is underway.

Rosecrans/ Marquardt Grade Separation

Positive Train Control (PTC)

PTC is an advanced technology train collision/derailment avoidance system which uses predictive enforcement to automatically engage the brakes and stop a train in advance of potential train-to-train collision, train over speed, unauthorized entry, or movement thru a misaligned switch.  There is a Federal mandate that an interoperable system be implemented by December 31, 2015.  Metrolink has been installing the software and communication systems on its locomotives and along the right-of-way and has been testing PTC since 2014.  It will first be implemented along the San Bernardino Line in Spring 2015 and implemented systemwide in mid to late 2015.


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