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MTA Board to study speeding up rail service to downtown L.A.

Posted: April 28, 2011 2:51 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2011 2:51 p.m.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- The MTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve studying the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line Infrastructure Improvement Strategic Plan introduced by Los Angeles County Mayor and MTA 2nd Vice Chairman Michael D. Antonovich.

"The goal is to reduce travel time to downtown Los Angeles down to 60 minutes for Antelope Valley residents and 30 minutes for Santa Clarita Valley residents," Antonovich said. The 76.6 mile route currently takes two hours for end-to-end service between Lancaster and Los Angeles Union Station. "In addition to faster commute times on this vital Metrolink line, this plan will improve traffic safety and reduce congestion along the 5 and 14 Freeways," he added.

Antonovich's plan directs MTA to work with Metrolink to develop the rail corridor for a higher standard of speed and safety that includes grade separations, at-grade crossings, track-straightening and other upgrades. Currently, the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line has 63 at-grade pedestrian and vehicle crossings and long stretches of single and curved track that need to be improved.

Today's action requires the MTA CEO to return to the board no later than Dec. 31, 2011, with this strategic plan.


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