At the time the Gold Line to East Los Angeles opened in 2009, the Metro Board of Directors asked about the possibility of installing crossing gates at some intersections along the light rail corridor.
Metro officials say such gates may “increase awareness” of trains for both motorists and pedestrians. On street-running segments, the trains — like vehicle traffic — follow traffic signals, a typical arrangement for light rail lines here and abroad. Testing is set to begin next week on how gates may work. Here is the news release from Metro:
Metro begins testing period to simulate how quad gates will work along Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension on 3rd Street in East Los Angeles
A testing period simulating how rail crossing quad gates will work and interact with motorists and pedestrians at selected intersections along the Metro Gold Line on 3rd Street in East Los Angeles will begin on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
The testing will be conducted by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in coordination with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) during two-weeks, from Wednesday, May 11, to Tuesday, May 24.
It is part of an environmental study to determine the feasibility of installing crossing gates on the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension (MGLEE).
The simulation will include changes to the traffic signal timing, temporary installation of “No Right Turn on Red” traffic signs, and temporary installation of temporary warning bells.
During the simulation period, traffic signals at these intersections will go to an “all-red” traffic signal phase when trains are detected as approaching the intersections to simulate the train pre-emption timing that would occur with the installation of rail crossing gates.
Drivers are advised that possible traffic delays are expected at the following locations during the simulation period:
- 3rd Street and Civic Center Way
- 3rd Street and La Verne Avenue
- 3rd Street and Woods Avenue and Beverly Blvd.
Metro will have rail safety ambassadors at each intersection to observe and collect traffic and pedestrian data. LASD motorcycle officers will be on-site throughout the simulation period to ensure public safety
For more information about the traffic simulation or the MGLEE Quadrant Gate Project please visit Metro’s website at metro.net/eastside, call the project hotline at (213) 922-3011 or send your comments or questions by e-mail to email@example.com