To date, the following Grade Separation Projects have been completed:
Southern California is our nation’s largest and most important center for transferring and moving goods (freight and merchandise) from ships to people throughout the United States. The region’s extensive goods movement network is composed of ports, airports, rail yards and distribution centers, all connected by a highly developed system of highways and railways. In 2008, freight flowing through the ports totaled in excess of $287 billion and generated upwards of $30 billion in total tax revenues. Goods movement also provides much needed jobs. It is estimated that nearly one million jobs in California are sustained by Southern California’s freight movement activities and an additional two million jobs are sustained across the rest of the nation.
Freight does not move for free. There are costs – both monetary and to quality of life – that must be paid to improve and maintain a viable regional freight movement system. Our infrastructure must grow to meet anticipated demand. In Riverside County, almost all freight rail traffic is from passing trains.
For communities in Riverside County, the pressing need is to construct railroad grade separations to mitigate the effects of slow moving freight trains that often bisect communities and impact public safety. In the past this has often been seen as a local responsibility; however, Riverside County’s grade separation needs are unique and pervasive with rail crossing delays impacting the transportation system and the economy. There are currently 57 at-grade crossings in Riverside County that are located along the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads.
The Commission has been proactive in mitigating the negative impacts of goods movement: