order to avoid crossing the train tracks altogether. These MetroLink
trains come flying down the tracks at 60 mph and sometimes take half
a mile to stop.
With the addition of the Empire Center, Buena Vista Street has
become very busy, with traffic always stopping at San Fernando
Boulevard for trains as well as for its long stoplights. A disturbing
trend I see in Burbank is the proliferation of these long stoplights
that hold up traffic with their left-turn signals. These stoplights
add to the already bad congestion in Burbank and also contribute to
our high pollution levels. After the MetroLink accident, a Burbank
city engineer told the press that the city was planning on widening
Buena Vista Street and putting a left-turn signal there. Forget that,
guys -- build an overpass or underpass. Do you think longer lights
there are really going to help the problem?
If Burbank is going to continue to build shopping centers and
malls to attract people, then we need to move people in a more
efficient manner. That means more synchronized stoplights and
overpasses at dangerous intersections. Now, if we could only fix the
one at Burbank and Victory boulevards across from Costco.
* EDITOR'S NOTE: The city and Caltrans have been developing a
project that will include an overpass for trains at San Fernando
Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. Construction is set to begin next