Project Fact Sheet

Increased Train Traffic in Orange County and the Remedy

Fifty percent of the eastbound Alameda Corridor traffic is carried on the BNSF railroad through Orange County in order to serve the rest of the United States. Five miles of this transcontinental rail system goes through the densely populated cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia, Yorba Linda, and unincorporated areas of Orange County, creating an unusually high safety risk at rail crossings and competition between trains and vehicle traffic.

The City will construct a series of street underpasses and overpasses that will completely separate rail and vehicle traffic. The project will protect public interests, enable expansion from the current 70 to the projected 150 trains daily to and from the Alameda Corridor, and accommodate the projected increases from Metrolink and Amtrak.

Quiet Zone

The City of Placentia has an agreement with rail operators who use the Placentia corridor that whistles will not be used (except during emergencies) between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:30 am. For more information, view the Quiet Zone Update.

Congestion and Environmental Relief

The project eliminates congestion at 11 crossings and reduces traffic delays by two million hours (a financial savings of $389 million over 20 years). It also reduces emissions by 143 tons and captures $170 million in pollution benefits.

Jump-Start Phase

The first rail / street grade separation, the Melrose Street Underpass, was completed and opened for use in January 2005. Bradford Avenue was permanently closed at the railroad tracks on August 8, 2005. Construction of a pedestrian bridge for this location began in late 2006.

The Placentia Avenue underpass project is designed, has been environmentally cleared, and has most of the right-of-way process completed; however, construction is on hold until additional funds become available.

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