Metrolink and Burbank officials are reviewing possible safety enhancements to the busy downtown station amid reports that passengers continue to ignore rail crossing warnings.
City transportation planner David Kriske said Metrolink wants to “determine if a safety problem exists, particularly if there has been an observed increase in pedestrian violations of the crossing bells and lights due to changes in train schedules.”
According to Metrolink, five citations have been issued so far this year at the downtown station to pedestrians ignoring the active warning system — the same amount for all of last year.
Metrolink spokeswoman Angie Starr said officials were examining possible safety enhancements for the downtown station, adding that the agency is constantly working with cities on improving rail crossings.
Kriske said city officials are interested in enhancing their relationship with Metrolink as they work on downtown station issues.
“Because BurbankBus carries so many Metrolink riders, we feel that Metrolink and the city should work more closely when planning service changes,” Kriske said. “In the past, we have been caught somewhat off guard when responding to Metrolink service adjustments and we believe that commuters on both systems would be better served with more active coordination between the two agencies.”