Los Angeles CA— On Thursday, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) unanimously approved a $91.2 million allocation to Metrolink to advance design and work on the first projects in the Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) Program. SCORE will improve rail safety and service in time for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games. In all, through a CTC approved multi-year grant agreement, Metrolink will receive a total of $875.7 million over six years.
SCORE funds more frequent, reliable and faster Metrolink and Amtrak service providing an alternative to crowded freeways and helps reduce air pollution. Included in SCORE are targeted investments for capacity improvements at Los Angeles Union Station and on tracks between Los Angeles and Fullerton, one of the busiest freight corridors in the region.
“As our state’s economy and population continue to grow, adding more capacity for passenger and freight rail is a critical component in preventing a future mobility crisis, and ensuring continued prosperity to our region,” said California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, who represents Fullerton. “California is a world leader in innovation and technology. As such, we should continue to invest in public modes of transportation like this, which is economically sound for our working families and students into the future.”
Other mobility benefits include safety, signal and track upgrades that enable more “Quiet Zones” where trains do not routinely sound their horns when approaching at-grade crossings.
In addition to Fullerton and Los Angeles, today’s allocations will fund projects in El Monte, Simi Valley, Burbank, Rancho Cucamonga, Chatsworth and other areas throughout the region.
“SCORE investments provide infrastructure improvements that enable Metrolink to run more trains to improve service,” said Metrolink Board Chair Andrew Kotyuk. “SCORE is essential to the long-range vision of transforming Southern California’s regional rail system.”
In August, the CTC awarded an initial $6.5 million to begin design, rail operations modeling and environmental assessment on the first of the SCORE projects as part of the projected $875.7 million total.
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