BURBANK — With the introduction of the new Metrolink express train service to Union Station in Los Angeles, officials in Burbank are concerned that the varied schedules could spell trouble for commuters who have a dangerous habit — crossing the station tracks against warning lights.
At the downtown Burbank Metrolink station, already one of the busiest stations in the system, commuters rush across the two tracks when a train is idle, mostly behind a northbound train. The assumption is that the train will not suddenly or accidentally reverse.
Burbank Transportation Commission Chairman Paul Dyson acknowledged that the practice isn’t new, but said that with the introduction of the express service and the accompanying schedule changes, safety was a serious concern.
Buses serve both sides of the station, which serves as a major junction for Antelope Valley and Ventura County lines, he said, adding to the busy mix. The station is also served by buses to the Media District and Glendale's Walt Disney Co. Creative Campus.