Orange County Grade Crossings Safety Improvements Project
Orange County, California
JLP has provided design services for SCRRA/Metrolink’s most significant service expansion and grade crossings safety improvement program since its inception in October 1992. The program includes trackwork, civil work, track signaling, traffic signals, pedestrian safety improvements, automatic pedestrian gates, swing gates, improved grade crossings such as additional automatic warning devices and exit gates and compliance with ADA requirements. The GCSIP is designed to improve safety at 53 crossings within the cities of Fullerton, Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente.
By 2010, Metrolink commuter rail service is expected to run 30-minute train service during peak commuter hours between Fullerton and Laguna Niguel / Mission Viejo. The expansion plan also includes various train track improvements, signal system upgrades and other capital improvements necessary to support the increased train service. As part of the service expansion, Orange County is launching the first comprehensive effort to enhance grade crossings and establish quiet zones countywide. Iimprovements will feature pedestrian safety enhancements at all grade crossings, coordination of local traffic signals and include supplemental safety measures to reduce noise from locomotive horns in quiet zones.