Metrolink’s Perris Valley Line begins testing today

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To prepare for the start of Metrolink passenger rail service on the new Perris Valley Line, crews will begin testing the trains along the railroad tracks between downtown Riverside and South Perris today, Friday, October 16, and continue through the fall. BNSF freight trains will operate as currently scheduled.

Testing will occur at varying speeds up to 79 miles per hour throughout the day along the 24-mile railroad alignment in October, November and December.

Some issues that may concern Team March members:

  • You may be able to use this service. The stop is just south of Alessandro Blvd. on Meridian Parkway. You will need a shuttle or your own form of transportation from the station to the base.
  • Be aware that railroad crossing are active. Remember to obey the signs. Don’t try to beat the crossing guard or the train.
  • Be aware of the increased activity of trains and whistles on the shared railroad.

During the train testing period and once service begins in late 2015, residents and motorists will see an increase in train activity. Please remember:

  • The only safe place to cross is at a designated public crossing.
  • It can take a mile or more to stop a train, so a locomotive engineer who suddenly sees someone on the tracks will likely be unable to stop in time.
  • Railroad property is private property. For your safety, it is illegal to be there unless you are at a designated public crossing.
  • Never walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing, and DO NOT cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it’s safe to do so.

For additional Operation Lifesaver safety information, please visit www.oli.org.

(NOTE: Sonia Pierce, 452 MSG/CECP contributed to this article. Information contained in this Construction Alert is subject to change without notice, based on weather, field conditions or other operational factors.)