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California Department of Transportation
Judy Gish, External Affairs
April 30, 2004
CALTRANS ANNOUNCES START OF KEY RAIL PROJECTS
POMONA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today that work is ready to begin on the $68 million East End Avenue and Reservoir Street rail projects that will ease auto and train traffic, increase safety and help curb pollution between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
Caltrans is contributing $52.3 million to the project, the Federal Highway Administration $15.6 million, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority $100,000.
“Each phase of the ACE project brings us closer to creating the unprecedented transportation efficiencies envisioned by the Alameda Corridor,” said Caltrans District 7 Director Douglas R. Failing. “The East End Avenue and Reservoir Street grade separation projects are especially gratifying because they will improve the quality of life for local students, residents and motorists.”
Trains often block the two intersections. However, completion of the projects will cut delays at the intersections by four hours a day by 2010, and reduce accident rates by as much as 35 percent.
The projects involve roadway underpasses designed to reduce congestion and locomotive noise at two major rail crossings in Pomona. They are part of the 35-mile, $889 million Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) rail transportation improvement project connecting the Alameda Corridor and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the transcontinental rail network. It will allow faster, more efficient distribution of an anticipated $314 billion in annual trade. The state has provided some $189 million for the total project.
The ACE project traverses the San Gabriel Valley between East Los Angeles and Pomona, an area of approximately 1.9 million residents and 30 municipalities. It includes transportation improvements at 42 grade crossings that will reduce the amount of time Valley residents spend waiting at rail crossings as well as reducing air pollutants in the worst air basin in the nation.
The groundbreaking is scheduled for Friday.