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Local Railroad Upgrades Greenlit With Federal Funds

By City News Service

Three railroad grade separation efforts in Los Angeles County were among dozens nationwide awarded millions in federal funds, it was announced this week, with one disbursal earmarked for the Los Angeles/Glendale border.
As part of the funding, $38.3 million was directed to the Doran Street Grade Separation Project, which will help fund a bridge to separate railroad tracks from vehicular traffic along the Los Angeles and Glendale border, by connecting West San Fernando Road to the Fairmont Avenue Bridge.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, $64.5 million in Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program funds was earmarked for projects in California.
The disbursals are part of a $570 million distribution for 63 projects in 32 states, according to the FRA.
“The Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program is another critical tool that FRA is using to make a lasting impact on the safety and transportation needs of communities nationwide,” FRA Administrator Amit Bose said. “With these project selections and the many more that are to come, we will save lives and reshape infrastructure in ways that allow individuals to move through their neighborhoods seamlessly and safely.”
The FRA also dedicated $600,160 for a Los Angeles County Rail Crossing Elimination Master Plan, which will evaluate 112 railroad crossings and corridors in unincorporated areas and prioritize them for grade-separation projects.

First published in the June 10 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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