Police run safety operation along Blue Line this morning

Photos by Luis Inzunza/Metro.

Sheriff’s Deputies and Los Angeles Police Department officers this morning participated in a traffic enforcement operation on about seven-mile stretch of the Blue Line from the Florence station to Artesia.

It’s in a section of the Blue Line in which trains run at speeds up to 55 miles per hour and where it’s especially critical that pedestrians and motorists obey all safety rules near the tracks.

Metro Deputy CEO Paul Taylor speaks at the Blue Line safety event this morning.

The crackdown focused on illegal left turn violators, jaywalkers and distracted motorists among other safety violations — 314 citations were issued between 7:50 a.m. and 11 a.m. The operation is part of an ongoing effort to educate and remind drives and pedestrians about safety along the Blue Line corridor. One way to drive home that message is to issue citations to flagrant violators who do not pay attention to the numerous rail warning signs, flashing lights, crossing arms, bells and train horns.

The minimum fine for these citations is $100.

Metro’s emphasis on educating the public and making engineering improvements and enforcing the law has sharply reduced overall accidents on the Blue Line, particularly collisions between trains and cars and trucks. However, pedestrians and motorists who aren’t paying attention to warning signals and signs or engaged in other risky behavior such as jaywalking across the tracks are an ongoing concern for Metro because the public shares responsibility for their safety.

Here is video from the event:

Here are the links to our March 2010 four-part series on Blue Line safety:

Part I: Engineering safety into the Blue Line (including data on accidents along the line)

Part II: Enforcement of safety laws along the Blue Line

Part III: Educating the public about safety along the Blue Line

Part IV: A pedestrian’s view of the Blue Line


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8 replies

  1. If it’s so much a problem, can’t they just build an underpass for street traffic and pedestrians?

  2. Why has metro STILL not implemented four quadrant gates and pedestrian gates like we see on the gold line? The metro gold line has what, one or two accidents, and yet the blue line has hundreds… Bringing the blue line up to gold line (Pasadena route) standards would be the least metro could do. Also, maybe the operators would then not feel compelled to slow down at every grade crossing and instead maintain 55 mph.

  3. Would LA Metro post signage making it clear that not only must the arms retract, but that the bells must stop ringing and the red lights must stop flashing before it is legal to cross the tracks. Otherwise this exercise can be considered entrapment.

  4. @ P Hunter people need to learn to wait really an under pass u mean over pass? what just make an over pass for every train crossing b real!!!

  5. They should make trains run even faster. People need to use more common sense, if you hear and see you train coming just dont try to get in its way.

  6. @Jeff
    I agree, 55 mph is not fast enough. It should be at least 65 mph like the green line. After all, we already have much larger and heavier Metrolink/Amtrak trains crossing at 80 mph yet somehow its deemed unsafe to have a 3 car light rail train cross faster than 55. It really makes no sense.