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Los Angeles MTA adds warning signs at Long Beach intersections


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA MTA) recently finished installing 59 active warning signs in Long Beach, Calif.

The authority spent $500,000 to install the light-emitting diode signs at all left-turn lanes on Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Avenue to warn motorists that a train is approaching the intersection. LA MTA officials hope the signs prevent accidents in left-hand turn lanes in the street-running portion of the Metro Blue Line, a 22-mile light-rail line that operates between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Six years ago, LA MTA installed similar signs in downtown L.A. Accidents in left-turn lanes since have decreased 71 percent.