Testing Begins for Eastside Gold Line Train Crossing Gates

Traffic delays should be expected at three East LA Gold Line intersections.

By EGP News Report

As part of the environmental study to determine whether rail-crossing quad gates can be installed along Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension intersections identified as residentual, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) yesterday began a two-week testing period scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, May 24.

Drivers are advised that there may be delays near the following three intersections where the simulation will take place: 3rd Street and Civic Center Way; 3rd Street and La Verne Avenue; and 3rd Street and Woods Avenue and Beverly Blvd.

The simulation includes changes to the traffic signal timing, temporary installation of “No Right Turn on Red” traffic signs, and temporary installation of temporary warning bells.

During the testing, traffic signals at these intersections will also go to an “all-red” traffic signal phase when trains are detected as approaching the intersections to simulate the train pre-emption timing that would occur with the installation of rail crossing gates.

The testing does not include quad gates, no gates have been installed, Jose Ubaldo, Metro spokesman told EGP.
Metro safety ambassadors will be at each site to observe and collect traffic and pedestrian data. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) motorcycle officers will also be on-site.

For more information about the traffic simulation or the MGLEE Quadrant Gate Project visit Metro’s website at metro.net/eastside, call the project hotline at (213) 922-3011 or send your comments or questions by e-mail to quadgatecomments@metro.net

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