New overpass at Buena Vista and San Fernando Boulevard eliminates street level rail crossing

A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday for a project that elevated two miles of Metrolink, Amtrak and freight tracks in Burbank, eliminating a street level crossing at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Road.

The project is part of the I-5 North Improvement/Empire Project. Metro Board Member Ara Najarian and officials from Caltrans, Metrolink and Burbank officials celebrated the opening.

The$355-million project was funded by Metro, Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration. It is expected to help ease traffic congestion and provide better access to the Burbank Airport and surrounding communities.

The overpass will improve rail operations for Metrolink, Amtrak and freight trains. It will also enhance the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists at Buena Vista and San Fernando Boulevard, where fatal train-vehicle incidents have occurred.

In addition to constructing a new interchange at Empire Avenue, the project will reconstruct the Burbank Boulevard-I-5 overpass, realign ramps and construct an auxiliary lane on the freeway between Burbank Boulevard and Empire Avenue.

3 replies

  1. I believe CAHSR was considering using part of this alignment for future high speed rail service as it leaves Union Station and heads north to the central valley. Do you know if consideration given to that project when designing this new overpass?

  2. Except for the rare occasion when the Coast Starlight is routed over Tehachapi Pass, Amtrak trains don’t use this route.