Tomorrow night the city council will be asked to approve the idea of the MTA and others adding an additional train track north of Buena Vista, and also the revamping of a number of the grade crossings along the way.
Rather than just rubber stamp this obvious improvement, wouldn’t tomorrow night also be a great time to get some additional ideas out there about those cumbersome tracks?
Forty years ago the City of Alhambra prevailed upon Southern Pacific to completely overhaul their Mission Road line by lowering it about 30 feet below ground level. This succeeded in eliminating the danger and congestion of all of the many grade-level crossings they’d once had. In the end they lowered about two miles of track. So why can’t Burbank get the same benefit?
Sixty years ago we were promised that the railroad would eventually install a grade crossing at Verdugo Ave. so that the city wouldn’t stay cut in half down there. The highway department even made sure to bridge Verdugo for that very purpose, and to connect it to Front Street. So what happened?
About a dozen years ago Dave Golonski promised the nearby residents and business owners that a road crossing at that spot would finally receive official attention, and that it was long overdue. All they needed to do was cut down the fence and put it in. We’re still waiting.