Metrolink obtains funding for three rail projects in California

MetrolinkThe California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) awarded Metrolink a USD 106.9 million funding to complete three rail projects in Southern California.

The grant will support the El Monte Siding and Station Improvements project, the Fullerton Junction reconfiguration and Fullerton to Esperanza 3rd track project, and the Simi Valley double track project implemented in Los Angeles County, Orange County and Ventura County, respectively.

The funding award comes from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Programme (TIRCP), administered by CalSTA, which improves and expands public transport throughout California.

These projects build upon Metrolink’s previous TIRCP awards for Metrolink’s Southern California Optimised Rail Expansion (SCORE), a USD 10 billion capital improvement programme.

“Again, we are incredibly thankful to CalSTA for their continued support of Metrolink and the SCORE initiative. CalSTA and our state partners consistently support Metrolink rail projects to ensure we operate the safest railroad in America and can provide outstanding service to our customers,” Metrolink Board Chair Larry McCallon said.

SCORE is a capital improvement programme to upgrade regional rail infrastructure enabling bi-directional passenger rail service every 30 minutes throughout the day. In addition to increasing capacity, these initiatives will modernise rail signalling, grade crossings and provide for other safety enhancements. SCORE improvements are projected to result in reduced passenger travel times and better regional air quality. Funded SCORE projects are due to be completed in time for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Metrolink will use the TIRCP funds to benefit its passengers and ensure a transit system that operates safely, efficiently, reliably, and sustainably.

The Simi Valley double track project will upgrade passenger rail service along Ventura County Line at the Simi Valley Station. The El Monte Siding and Station Improvements project will provide safety enhancements that include pedestrian gates and warning devices at the Tyler Avenue grade crossing, and new pedestrian crossings at the station.

The third project will construct a 16-km third track to improve rail mobility through the cities of Fullerton, Anaheim, Placentia and Yorba Linda.

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