By: OC Supervisor Shawn Nelson
Designed to separate car traffic from trains, the O.C. Bridges program includes seven grade separation projects at rail crossings in Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia. OCTA is working to improve traffic flow and safety by building a series of bridges – both underpasses and overpasses – to eliminate the need for commuters and commercial vehicles to stop, wait and waste time at railroad crossings as freight trains pass by.
Close to 70 Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains use the Orangethorpe Corridor in Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia every day, causing delays and safety hazards, restricting emergency response and business access, and creating pollution and noise. More trains – and longer trains — are coming as well — an estimated 130 trains daily by 2030. Continue reading