Metrolink News

Wednesday September 6, 2017


LOS ANGELES – Underscoring the need for motorists and pedestrians to be safety conscious around Metrolink trains, especially at railroad crossings, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway police units this morning focused on citing violators at Mission Inn Avenue and 3rd Street rail crossings in Riverside. 


In a three-hour period between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., officers issued six citations for violations ranging from trespassing and crossing when gate arms are down with fines that could top $2,000.    


The intense law enforcement sweep kicks off Rail Safety Month initiated by the State of California in 2009 with the goal of decreasing rail-related accidents. 


“These laws exist to keep you safe,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Captain Karl Schow. “We will continue to conduct weekly rail crossing enforcement operations throughout the Metrolink service area during Rail Safety Month and throughout the year.” 


Safety is foundational at Metrolink, which has served Southern California commuters, students, tourists and others for a quarter century throughout its 538 route-mile system. 


“We need the public’s cooperation to complement our efforts,” said Metrolink Board Director, Mayor Pro Tem At Large of Banning Debbie Franklin. “Metrolink continues to be a national leader in rail safety, investing hundreds of millions of dollars in positive train control to help prevent train accidents.” Director Franklin noted a typical Metrolink train weighs 600 tons and can take up to three quarters of a mile to stop. “You can’t beat a train.” 


Director Franklin applauded the students from local Riverside high schools and the University of California, Riverside for their commitment to rail safety and to highlight the efforts of the Riverside Unified School District, which adopted a resolution on Aug. 21 to include rail safety education activities on every school campus.  


“With more than 130 trains crossing through Riverside on a daily basis and 70 rail crossings that meet city streets, the City of Riverside has demonstrated its commitment to rail safety by upgrading rail crossings, building grade separations, and embracing rail safety education as part of the Riverside culture,” said City of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey. 


This year, Metrolink partnered with the Riverside County Transportation Commission, California Operation Lifesaver, Riverside Unified School District, the City of Riverside and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to kick off Rail Safety Month and remind the public how crucial it is to be aware around train tracks year-round. 


“We are all working together to raise rail safety awareness in Riverside County Communities and in all communities throughout California,” said Nancy Sheehan-McCulloch, California Operation Lifesaver state coordinator. “Together by sharing #SeeTracksThinkTrain, we can grow the message. Please tell 5 family members and friends about rail safety to help save lives. #SaveLivesTell5.” 


For more information about Operation Lifesaver and safety tips, please visit www.oli.org. 


For more information about Metrolink and Rail Safety Month, click here. 


ABOUT METROLINK (www.metrolinktrains.com) 

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 24th year of operation. Metrolink is governed by The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Metrolink operates seven routes through a six-county, 538 route-mile network. Metrolink's passengers travel approximately 441 million miles each year, making Metrolink the second busiest public transportation provider in Southern California. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership. 

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