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State Funding for Metrolink Rail Safety Improvements

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has approved $91.2 million for Metrolink commuter rail to advance design and work on the first projects in the Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) Program, designed to improve rail safety and service in time for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

In all, through a CTC-approved multi-year grant agreement, Metrolink will receive a total of $875.7 million over six years.

The $91.2 million grant, provided through the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), will kickstart work on SCORE, a $10 billion plan to build infrastructure enabling regional passenger rail service frequency of at least 30 minutes systemwide while providing improved connections with other public transit providers. TIRCP grant funding comes from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and California Senate Bill 1 to fund transformative capital improvements that will modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure.

SCORE will fund more frequent, reliable and faster Metrolink and Amtrak service, providing an alternative to crowded freeways and helping reduce air pollution. The program includes targeted investments for capacity improvements at Los Angeles Union Station and on tracks between Los Angeles and Fullerton, one of the busiest freight corridors in the region.
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