CalSTA awards $106.9 million to Metrolink SCORE projects
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LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) awarded Metrolink $106.9 million to complete three critical infrastructure projects: the El Monte Siding & Station Improvements Project, the Fullerton Junction Reconfiguration & Fullerton to Esperanza 3rd Track Project, and the Simi Valley Double Track Project.
The projects are in Los Angeles County, Orange County and Ventura County, respectively.
The funding award comes from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), administered by CalSTA, which improves and expands public transportation throughout California.
These projects build upon Metrolink’s previous TIRCP awards for Metrolink's Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE), a $10 billion capital improvement program.
“Again, we are incredibly thankful to CalSTA for their continued support of Metrolink and the SCORE initiative,” Metrolink Board Chair Larry McCallon said. “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.”
SCORE is a capital improvement program 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 modernize rail signaling, 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.
“CalSTA Secretary Toks Omishakin and Chief Deputy Secretary Chad Edison have been champions for Metrolink and rail projects that improve both passenger and freight rail service,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said. “These infrastructure commitments are critical to both the regional and national economy and are essential toward making Metrolink a world-class transportation provider in time for the 2028 Olympics.”
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 Metrolink’s Ventura County Line at the Simi Valley Station. The El Monte Siding & 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 10-mile third track to improve rail mobility through the cities of Fullerton, Anaheim, Placentia and Yorba Linda.
For more information on SCORE visit metrolinktrains.com/score.