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By Chris Wiebe | April 23, 2008
Metrolink officials Tuesday celebrated Earth Day with the unveiling of a new eco-friendly locomotive, the first of 15 trains that will begin circulating in Glendale and elsewhere on Southern California rail lines during the next 15 months. “They’ll be coming in one per month,” Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. “It’s only a matter of time before you see these trains coming in Glendale.” Called the MotivePower MPXpress, the commuter locomotive emits far fewer emissions than a typical locomotive — 42% less nitrogen oxide gas, 70% less carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons and 60% fewer hydrocarbons, she said.
NEWS
January 28, 2005
Jackson Bell Costly precautions that could have lessened the suffering in Wednesday's violent train wreck weren't used, officials said. Police say Juan Manuel Alvarez, 25, of Compton, drove his Jeep Cherokee onto the train track near Chevy Chase Drive at about 6 a.m. Wednesday in an attempted suicide but jumped out of the SUV just before the collision. The Metrolink 100 train headed south from Moorpark to Union Station hit the car and careened into a parked locomotive and another passenger train, killing 11 people and injuring more than 180. The three trains lay smashed on a track between Chevy Chase Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard.
NEWS
February 4, 2006
It's been a year since the horrific Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink wreck that killed 11 and left another 200 injured. And yet nothing much has changed in the way the railway operates. The recent memorials observed for the victims of the Metrolink wreck a year ago was a reminder that more passengers and commuters who drive through crossings could suffer if serious public safety improvements aren't made on local rail lines. Assemblyman Dario Frommer's call last week for a $500-million bond measure on the Nov. 7 ballot to help build overpasses and underpasses at railroad crossings was a move forward.
NEWS
July 9, 2005
Robert Chacon Family members of passengers killed in the January Metrolink derailment began a petition drive at several train stations Friday to demand the transit agency discontinue the practice of locomotives pushing instead of pulling trains. The effort was spearheaded by Ann Ormiston, whose husband Tom Ormiston -- a Metrolink conductor -- was one of 11 killed in the crash. She was joined by relatives of James Tutino, Elizabeth Hill, Scott McKeown and Manuel Alcala, who were also killed in the crash, at Metrolink's Moorpark station.
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By Chris Wiebe | June 27, 2006
BOB HOPE AIRPORT ? Crash survivors and families of passengers killed in a January 2005 Metrolink accident traveled with Assemblyman Dario Frommer to the Capitol on Monday to lobby state officials in support of a bill that would eliminate push-pull trains in California. A southbound Metrolink train using a push-pull train formation ?which uses a locomotive to advance a string of lighter cars along the track from behind ?collided with a sport utility vehicle on Jan. 26, 2005. The SUV had been doused with gasoline and parked in the train's path near Chevy Chase Drive.
NEWS
March 25, 2005
Jackson Bell Federal rail officials are studying the safety of locomotives pushing commuter trains from behind, but a local congressman thinks their research needs to provide more answers. Prompted by the Jan. 26 Metrolink derailment in Glendale, Rep. Adam Schiff on Tuesday announced his request that funding for a study be included in the transportation, treasury and housing appropriations bills for fiscal year 2005-06. The derailment killed 11 passengers and injured nearly 200 more.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 9, 2013
E.M. Bainbridge's plans to stop a runaway train car thundering down Glendale Avenue were thwarted 90 years ago when a northbound steam engine crashed head-on into the railroad car, leaving behind a plume of smoke, snarled steel and splintered wood. The attempt cost Bainbridge his life and newspaper articles at the time dubbed him a hero. But his story faded, like so many others do in time. That gnawed at Michael Morgan, a member of Glendale's Historic Preservation Commission and an amateur historian.
LOCAL
By By Tania Chatila | December 16, 2005
Twelve suits claim Metrolink was negligent and maintained dangerous property.GLENDALE -- Another 12 lawsuits were filed against Metrolink Thursday over the Jan. 26 Glendale train derailment that killed 11 people and injured more than 200 others, officials said. The suits, which were filed on behalf of the survivors of three passengers killed and nine passengers injured in the Jan. 26 crash, claim that Metrolink was negligent and maintained dangerous property, said Robin McCall, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles-based Baum Hedlund law firm, which is handling the case.
NEWS
By By Fred Ortega | January 3, 2006
Glendale float takes trophy despite harsh weather and the first rainy Rose Parade in 51 years.PASADENA -- Luck finally ran out for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade, its crowds and floats buffeted by high winds and driving rains for the first time in 51 years on Tuesday. But the harsh weather couldn't put a damper on Glendale's float. The city's 93rd Tournament of Roses entry, a whimsical, animated locomotive named "Imagination Express," was awarded the Isabella Coleman Trophy for best presentation of color and color harmony through floral use. "We are all very ecstatic both for the Glendale Rose Float Association and the city of Glendale," said President Garry Ackerman after the parade.
NEWS
October 9, 2008
Senate committee briefed on progress State senators were briefed Wednesday on the legislative response to the deadly Sept. 12 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth that killed 25 people, including one worker in Glendale and three in Burbank. The state Transportation and Housing Committee heard an informational report in Sacramento, just two days before Metrolink?s board of directors is due to hold a special meeting on progress made so far on implementing short-term safety enhancements, such as adding a second engineer to all passenger trains.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 9, 2013
E.M. Bainbridge's plans to stop a runaway train car thundering down Glendale Avenue were thwarted 90 years ago when a northbound steam engine crashed head-on into the railroad car, leaving behind a plume of smoke, snarled steel and splintered wood. The attempt cost Bainbridge his life and newspaper articles at the time dubbed him a hero. But his story faded, like so many others do in time. That gnawed at Michael Morgan, a member of Glendale's Historic Preservation Commission and an amateur historian.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 22, 2011
Drivers can expect to see new and improved traffic signals, wider roads and better lighting at two Glendale railroad crossings by next year as part of a $9.8-million project that could help pave the way to a quieter train corridor. City officials on Wednesday briefed residents who live near the San Fernando Road corridor on the construction plans, which many hope could eventually lead to designating the corridor a “quiet zone” - a section of railway where trains aren't required to use their horns.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | June 18, 2009
Devyn Heart and 21 fellow R.D. White Elementary School students held signs and chanted “walking school bus” Wednesday morning as they walked to campus to promote safer pedestrian conditions. Devyn, 9, made her sign with her mother, Barbara Heart, Tuesday night in preparation for Wednesday’s early morning group walk. She carried it throughout the route, which started at 7:40 a.m. at Ethel Street and Don Jose Drive, before going west onto Glenoaks Boulevard, south on Geneva Street, then Doran Street to the school’s Everett Street entrance.
NEWS
October 9, 2008
Senate committee briefed on progress State senators were briefed Wednesday on the legislative response to the deadly Sept. 12 Metrolink crash in Chatsworth that killed 25 people, including one worker in Glendale and three in Burbank. The state Transportation and Housing Committee heard an informational report in Sacramento, just two days before Metrolink?s board of directors is due to hold a special meeting on progress made so far on implementing short-term safety enhancements, such as adding a second engineer to all passenger trains.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | April 29, 2008
LOS ANGELES — More than three years after a train crash near Chevy Chase Drive left 11 passengers dead, prosecutors told a jury Monday that a mentally unstable and drug-addled Juan Manuel Alvarez intentionally caused the fiery crash in an attempt to reconcile with his estranged wife. “He needed to do something big to get her attention,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Cathryn Brougham said during the trial’s first day. “He chose to kill 11 strangers.” Pictures of the wreckage and mangled bodies of the 11 victims were displayed during opening statements as family members of the dead openly wept in the packed Los Angeles courtroom Monday.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | April 23, 2008
Metrolink officials Tuesday celebrated Earth Day with the unveiling of a new eco-friendly locomotive, the first of 15 trains that will begin circulating in Glendale and elsewhere on Southern California rail lines during the next 15 months. “They’ll be coming in one per month,” Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. “It’s only a matter of time before you see these trains coming in Glendale.” Called the MotivePower MPXpress, the commuter locomotive emits far fewer emissions than a typical locomotive — 42% less nitrogen oxide gas, 70% less carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons and 60% fewer hydrocarbons, she said.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | December 8, 2007
At the downtown Metrolink station Friday night, hundreds and hundreds of people were waiting for a train. Not just any train, mind you, but the Holiday Toy Express — twinkling with Christmas lights and holiday decorations and marking the arrival of the holiday season. The event was a cooperative effort between Metrolink and the Burbank and Glendale fire departments to collect toys for the “Spark of Love” toy drive, which distributes holiday gifts to needy children.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | June 27, 2006
BOB HOPE AIRPORT ? Crash survivors and families of passengers killed in a January 2005 Metrolink accident traveled with Assemblyman Dario Frommer to the Capitol on Monday to lobby state officials in support of a bill that would eliminate push-pull trains in California. A southbound Metrolink train using a push-pull train formation ?which uses a locomotive to advance a string of lighter cars along the track from behind ?collided with a sport utility vehicle on Jan. 26, 2005. The SUV had been doused with gasoline and parked in the train's path near Chevy Chase Drive.
NEWS
February 4, 2006
It's been a year since the horrific Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink wreck that killed 11 and left another 200 injured. And yet nothing much has changed in the way the railway operates. The recent memorials observed for the victims of the Metrolink wreck a year ago was a reminder that more passengers and commuters who drive through crossings could suffer if serious public safety improvements aren't made on local rail lines. Assemblyman Dario Frommer's call last week for a $500-million bond measure on the Nov. 7 ballot to help build overpasses and underpasses at railroad crossings was a move forward.
NEWS
By By Fred Ortega | January 3, 2006
Glendale float takes trophy despite harsh weather and the first rainy Rose Parade in 51 years.PASADENA -- Luck finally ran out for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade, its crowds and floats buffeted by high winds and driving rains for the first time in 51 years on Tuesday. But the harsh weather couldn't put a damper on Glendale's float. The city's 93rd Tournament of Roses entry, a whimsical, animated locomotive named "Imagination Express," was awarded the Isabella Coleman Trophy for best presentation of color and color harmony through floral use. "We are all very ecstatic both for the Glendale Rose Float Association and the city of Glendale," said President Garry Ackerman after the parade.
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