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August 8, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN
Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson announced an agreement Wednesday with Southern Pacific Railroad to repair two railroad crossings that have generated dozens of complaints from motorists in Canoga Park. Later this month, city workers will make improvements to railroad crossings on Parthenia Street and Nordhoff Street near Canoga Avenue, Bernson said.
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October 30, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
The small squares of colored paper began cropping up on the doors and walls of Henry M. Gunn High School last week, two days after William Dickens, 16, killed himself on the nearby train tracks. "Just keep swimming," one Post-it note said. "There is always someone who will listen," was written on another. And, "There's no meaning to happiness w/o sadness. Take it easy." Dickens was the fourth Gunn student in less than six months to commit suicide near where East Meadow Drive crosses the Caltrain tracks here in the affluent, high-achieving heart of the Silicon Valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998 | JASON KANDEL and CHRIS CEBALLOS
In an effort to provide a smoother ride at some railroad crossings in the city, road repairs are continuing, most recently on Dale Avenue between Katella and Cerritos Avenue. The following streets will be affected as work continues: Magnolia Avenue on Monday, Katella Avenue on Aug. 24, Western Avenue on Aug. 31 and Beach Boulevard on Sept. 7. Workers will repair signal arms, tracks and concrete panels. The repairs will take up to five days to complete at each location.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2009 | David Kelly
A 14-year-old student was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Wednesday morning as he walked to Arlington High School in Riverside, police said. Samuel Sung Jae Shin was heading south on Jackson Street at 7:44 a.m. when he came to a railroad crossing with the arms down and bells ringing, authorities said. The teen let a westbound train pass and began crossing the tracks when an eastbound train struck and killed him instantly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Relief may soon be on the way for jostled Valley drivers under a plan approved Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council that aims to smooth over some of the area's roughest railroad crossings. In all, eight Metrolink rail crossings, including seven in the Valley, are scheduled to be reconstructed by the city's Department of Transportation. The work will be funded by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, which operates Metrolink.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
Relief is in sight for drivers who have long endured axle-grinding trips over pothole-strewn railroad crossings throughout the San Fernando Valley. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has set aside $186,000 to repair dilapidated railroad crossings and put in rubberized crossing covers at several dozen locations. The money will allow the city to smooth over ruts at most of the crossings that need to be fixed. The MTA announced its decision at a meeting last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1997 | RUSS LOAR
City leaders say they expect a final agreement next month with Union Pacific on a plan to repair badly deteriorating railroad crossings throughout the city. "Shortly after the first of the year, we expect to conclude a formal agreement with the [Union Pacific] railroad to improve all of the crossings in the city," City Manager Terry Matz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1994 | MIMI KO
In an effort to decrease accidents and deaths on railroad tracks, police and the California Public Utilities Commission spent Tuesday cracking down on motorists violating traffic laws at railroad crossings. While one officer rode a train to watch for violators, others monitored the streets, issuing citations for careless driving. The citations cost up to $271. PUC spokesman Jim McInerney said the choices are "a warning, an expensive citation or the worst punishment: the death penalty."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dear Street Smart: About three months ago I wrote to you about the extremely bumpy railroad crossing on Pleasant Valley Road at 5th Street near Camarillo. I was pleased to read that county engineer Robert Brownie said the railroad should be making repairs within a month. Well, it has been well over a month with no repairs to date. What's the latest with Southern Pacific? Wendell E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1997 | RUSS LOAR
Plans to repair eight railroad crossings are moving forward to alleviate what city officials describe as potentially hazardous traffic conditions caused by deteriorating roadway. The city may have to pay as much as $114,000 to buy sections of concrete for the repairs. The property on five of the eight railroad crossings is owned by Union Pacific Railroad Co., which is demanding that the city pay for the cost of the materials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's largest transportation agency agreed Monday to pay $200,000 to help fund a rail improvement project in Placentia but rejected the cash-strapped city's request that it actually take over the project. Placentia asked the Orange County Transportation Authority to take the lead in the project, which began six years ago but has advanced slowly. The work -- which is expected to result in the silencing of train horns -- involves improvements to eight street crossings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Orange County transportation planners on Monday approved a $60-million plan for quieter railroad crossings, a move designed to eliminate ear-splitting train horns at crossings throughout the county. The plan calls for adding gates, new signals and other upgrades to 53 crossings, including 16 in Orange. Design work for rail crossings will begin immediately. Construction is expected to begin next year and be completed by 2010, a Orange County Transportation Authority spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
An Orange County Transportation Authority committee Thursday approved a new program to provide more than $30 million in additional funds for use by cities to upgrade their rail crossings. The plan, approved by the agency's transit committee, still needs to be voted on by the full OCTA board, which is expected to consider it Monday.
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October 28, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County transportation officials Friday unveiled new gates and signals at two dangerous railroad crossings in Somis. The gates, with flashing yellow lights and bells, were installed near Hagle Tree Farm on Somis Road and near Somis Farms off California 118 at Sand Canyon Road.
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August 25, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
An Amtrak train collided with a dump truck at a private railway crossing near Somis on Wednesday, not far from a similar crash earlier this month that injured nearly two dozen people. There were no major injuries in the 2 p.m. accident on tracks near Sand Canyon Road, about nine miles southwest of Moorpark, said California Highway Patrol Officer Brandon Mumme. Initial reports indicate that the dump truck drove onto the tracks in front of the westbound train, Mumme said. Pacific Surfliner No.
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August 12, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Two of Ventura County's deadliest railroad crossings, including one involved last week in the crash of a dump truck and an Amtrak train, are set to receive gates, bells and lights as part of an ongoing campaign to improve safety at private, unguarded crossings. Earlier this year, Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) secured $494,000 in federal money for the upgrades, which are scheduled to be made next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1996
Without the hostility that marked discussions earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a street repair plan that includes Central and East Los Angeles as well as the San Fernando Valley. The council, whose members on Wednesday argued heatedly about a proposed repair schedule that focused on the Valley, voted unanimously in favor of the broader project to remove and pave over old railroad crossings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1993 | ROBERT BARKER
Renovation of six Southern Pacific Railroad crossings is scheduled to start next week. The work at each crossing is expected to take about four days. Streets will be closed in each direction during the construction. The renovation will start at the McFadden Avenue crossing next Monday. Crews will then move to Center Drive, Edinger Avenue, Heil Avenue, Slater Avenue and Talbert Avenue in succeeding weeks. All the crossings are between Beach Boulevard and Gothard Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
State auditors are investigating whether millions of dollars in gas-tax money were improperly diverted by Placentia officials in an attempt to bail out an ambitious railway project that has plunged the city deeply into debt. The California State Controller's Office began an audit June 7 after receiving a tip about possible irregularities involving municipal accounts, including the city's gas-tax fund, which by law must be used to pay for street improvements.
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June 14, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday approved the use of $10 million in federal funds to improve safety at 55 railroad crossings across the county. OCTA officials said the crossings are on the main rail line through north Orange County and along Metrolink rights-of-way from Fullerton to San Clemente.
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