At-grade crossings are a very bad idea
Anybody who travels on San Fernando Road between Western Avenue and the Ventura (134) Freeway on a weekday afternoon may relate to this: Our city is still arguing with California Public Utilities Commission that an at-grade railroad crossing located at San Fernando Road and Pelanconi Avenue will be a safe thing to do.
City staff members continue to argue that there will not be any negative impact on streets at or near the proposed at-grade railroad crossing. My feeling is that there is no such thing as a truly safe at-grade crossing. Our city's image is already tarnished because some Metrolink employees, people from outside of our city and Glendale residents feel that the existing at-grade railroad crossings are unsafe and that a tragic accident can occur at our existing crossings at any time, as demonstrated by past accidents resulting in deaths and injuries. So why would a new crossing be safe? The sad reality is that at-grade railroad crossings have an inherent flaw; people driving cars must cross them.