PLACENTIA

City Council members will meet Tuesday to consider teaming up with Anaheim and Yorba Linda to help push through plans to lower the railroad tracks in Placentia.

The council will vote to approve a joint powers authority with the two other cities so they can work together on local railroad issues. Placentia would contribute $500,000 to the authority.

"We have had sessions to discuss the issue," Councilwoman Maria Moreno said. "I would like to see a proposed budget of the entire JPA project."

Placentia plans to lower the railroad tracks through its city, eliminating eight street-level crossings. Residents and city officials have said the trains block traffic and create a hazard when they pass through town. Costs for the lowering project are estimated at about $28 million through October 2004.

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