GLENDALE — Residents on Wednesday continued to push for the closure of the at-grade railroad crossing at Doran Street and San Fernando Road, a move Los Angeles business owners and officials argued would hurt business and cause its own set of safety and traffic concerns.
Metrolink and Glendale officials renewed longstanding calls for closing the crossing near the Los Angeles-Glendale border last year after an 86-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a train in November.
"We are not alone in our concerns," Jolene Taylor, the incoming president of the Pelanconi Estates Homeowner Assn, said Wednesday. "For the safety of everyone, please close this crossing."
Taylor and other residents cited studies by state engineers, who found the Doran crossing is made hazardous by a constricted intersection, the high speed and frequency of passenger and freight trains and the proximity of a propane and industrial gas storage facility.
Taylor was one of more than 50 people who on Wednesday packed a public hearing at Glendale City Hall hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission, which will decide on the proposed closure.