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Metrolink receives $3.7 million from state to enhance crossing safety


The California Transportation Commission has approved the allocation of $3.7 million to help pay for safety improvements at one of Metrolink's busiest grade crossings: the Broadway/Brazil crossing in Glendale.

The project is part of Metrolink's initiative to upgrade crossings across its system to create a sealed corridor, said Glendale City Councilman and Metrolink board member Ara Najarian in a prepared statement.

The safety enhancements will include the addition of warning devices and barriers to discourage drivers or pedestrians from circumventing gate arms when a train is approaching. Additional exit and pedestrian gates, new raised median islands, flashing signals and right-of-way security gates also will be installed. Rail signals will be connected with traffic signals to ensure the two systems work together.

The project is expected to begin in the second quarter and be completed by third-quarter 2013.

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