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OCTA wraps up grade separation projects along BNSF line

OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson (left) poses with local officials from Fullerton, California.
Photo – City of Fullerton's Twitter account


The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) yesterday marked the completion of seven grade separation projects along a BNSF Railway Co. line running through Fullerton, Anaheim and Placentia, California.

The $663 million effort involved building vehicular bridges and underpasses to separate motorists and pedestrians from the rail line, which is used by at least 70 trains daily.

That number is projected to increase to 130 daily trains by 2030, OCTA officials said in a press release. Without the bridges and underpasses, a train could block one of the intersections every 10 minutes.

The project received $157 million from Orange County's Measure M half-cent sales tax. State and federal dollars covered the remaining costs.

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