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Spending on rail crossing safety upgrades varies widely across Southland
Spending on rail crossing safety upgrades varies widely across Southland

When a Metrolink train slammed into an SUV on railroad tracks in Glendale a decade ago, the horrific chain reaction wreck prompted a major campaign to improve the safety and security of Southern California grade crossings. Last week's crash involving a commuter train and a pickup truck in Oxnard was a reminder that progress has been decidedly uneven. A patchwork of entities with varying levels of funding are responsible for street-level railroad crossings, and some have invested more than others in safety improvements. Since the Glendale accident, transportation agencies from Ventura to Orange County and east through the Inland Empire have invested more than $3 billion in new...

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