A nice bit of good news today from Metro and the federal government. I know some readers and riders have inquired about these type of systems.
Here’s the legislative alert from Metro CEO Art Leahy:
This morning, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that our agency will receive a $1.7 million federal grant to “install and test a Platform Track Intrusion Detection System (PTIDS) at select light rail and heavy rail stations to reduce injuries, fatalities and other track intrusion incidents. The radar-based system will monitor station platforms and portions of track, and alert rail operators and our Rail Operations Center to stop trains if a person or object is detected within the track right-of-way.”
This federal grant was issued through the Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Demonstration Program. We plan to test the PTIDS at select stations on our Gold (Chinatown Station), Red (Civic Center Station) and Blue (103rd Street/Watts Towers Station) rail lines. I want to extend my appreciation to the USDOT for selecting our agency to receive this rail safety grant and to our agency staff who worked diligently to submit this grant request.