U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta on Tuesday lauded a $47-million railroad bridge designed to shave minutes off Metrolink morning commute times and ease rail congestion in downtown Los Angeles.
On cue, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train, Metrolink commuter train and Amtrak Surfliner passed over and beside one another with an ease not possible before the span was built.
The bridge, more than eight football fields long and up to five stories tall, spans the Los Angeles River, downtown rail yards and several busy streets, including Washington Boulevard.
Mineta, during a ceremony staged near the spot where the bridge crosses the river, called it "an engineering marvel."
"The state-of-the art architecture will eliminate the conflicts between freight trains, passenger trains and street traffic in this heavily congested area," Mineta said.