Worst Railroad Crossing Getting Upgrade

Metrolink's riskiest

A railroad crossing in Glendale identified as the riskiest in the Metrolink system is getting a $6 million upgrade.

The Doran Street crossing ranked No. 1 out of 312 locations. It also ranked in the top eight for accidents.

The ranking is based on a high volume of traffic and the crossing's proximity to Trans-Gas Propane. About 90 freight and passenger trains travel through the crossing a day. The plan's authors, including LA County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovic, also say vehicles repeatedly stop on the tracks.

"If one of those propane trucks gets stuck, you'll have a bomb sitting there," Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt told the Los Angeles Times.

The improvements include safety enhancements for the propane company, new crossing gates and signals, and a wider turning radius for commercial trucks.

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