11.18.05

Schiff Secures Funding for Metrolink Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC – Following January’s deadly Metrolink crash, Congressman Adam Schiff has re-focused federal efforts on improving the safety and security of Southern California’s regional rail.  Congress approved his request for $500,000 in federal funding to pay for critical safety improvements to Metrolink including median separators and locked gates to limit vehicular access to rail tracks.

The bill also included language offered by Congressman Schiff that requires the Federal Railroad Administration to study safety practices called into question after the derailment of a Metrolink train in Glendale.

“With Los Angeles’s notorious traffic problems and rising gas prices, our community increasingly relies on rail transit. I am working in Congress to ensure regional rail remains a safe and affordable alternative,” said Schiff.

The funding was included in H.R. 3058, the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Judiciary, District of Columbia Appropriations Act 2006.

Congressman Schiff is the co-founder of the Democratic Study Group on National Security and a member of both the House Judiciary and International Relations committees.  He represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.