December 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES — A panel of train specialists and oversight experts revealed a wide- ranging plan Friday to address Metrolink’s most pressing safety and organizational issues, three months after a commuter train crash killed 25 people in Chatsworth. Among the findings, the panel told Metrolink’s Board of Directors that the commuter rail agency needs to upgrade its infrastructure, analyze the commuter rail company’s short-term projects and bring the entire rail system into “the modern age.” “This is a pretty complete look at how we can make this safer, which is what we set out to do,” said board member Richard Katz, who helped organize the panel.
October 17, 2009
The long, arduous story that has been the litigation surrounding the 2005 Metrolink disaster in Glendale appears to be finally winding down. News this week that 90% of the victim lawsuits filed against the commuter rail agency had settled provided the first hint of closure, not only for victims, but the city that until recently had been the site of Metrolink’s deadliest crash. With the tragedy lingering in the halls of Superior Court for years now, to even begin to feel a sense of closure is welcome development, especially with the legal tsunami bearing down as a result of the Chatsworth crash.
November 23, 2013
A Metrolink train struck a man late Friday afternoon, severing his arm and delaying evening commuters for more than an hour. The crash occurred about 4:15 p.m., shortly after the train had left the Burbank Airport station, the Los Angeles Times reported . [FOR THE RECORD: An earlier verision of this post stated in the headline that the man was struck in Burbank. If fact, he was hit within the city of Los Angeles. ] The man was walking west along the tracks on a rail bridge that carries the train over the 170 Freeway, said Sgt. Donald Kelly, watch commander for the LAPD Valley Traffic Division, which is investigating the accident.
October 15, 2003
MICHAEL D. ANTONOVICH Our county's new Gold Line rail system is successfully playing a vital role in the realization of our county's regional transit plan. However, a ballot measure by Gov. Gray Davis to raise the sales tax by a half-cent for the budget-busting subway threatens this plan. The Gold Line can be expanded by utilizing existing freeway medians and abandoned railroad rights-of-way for a comprehensive at-grade and aboveground rail system.
October 11, 2008
LOS ANGELES — The Metrolink Board of Directors on Tuesday appointed an 11-member independent review panel to investigate possible deficiencies in the rail agency’s operations and then report back with the “unvarnished truth.” The panel — which includes a mix of industry professionals, academic experts and transit advocates from across the nation — is scheduled to return to the board in two months with a list of recommendations for how Metrolink can improve the safety of its roughly 350 miles of rail lines.
April 16, 2005
CRAIG BULLOCK Trains played a vital role in shaping the development of the United States, especially the West. They offered a reliable way to transport people and goods across great distances at affordable prices. Trains provided unheard-of mobility and opportunities for people in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One person to take advantage of the mobility and opportunities that trains offered was Dr. David Burbank. In 1871, Dr. Burbank successfully cleared title to more than 9,000 acres of land that were known as Rancho San Rafael and Rancho La Providencia.
September 6, 2003
Week As CEO of Metrolink, I have great respect for commuter trains. I've spent my entire career trying to get people to ride on them and put that commute time to better use than strangling a steering wheel in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I commute by train myself and daresay I have spent more time around trains than most people. As much as I love trains, as comfortable as I feel around them, I still slow down, crack a window and approach all tracks with extreme caution, and because of my experience I am probably a whole lot more skilled at judging the speed of an oncoming train than the average person.