I got caught up in this on the drive into work this morning. Going West down California Blvd as I approached the line, the crossing gates were down. I expected to see trains and indeed saw two go by, one in each direction. This happened, but then the gates didn't go up in the usual 10 seconds. I then noticed that there was a police car at the crossing, with lights flashing, starting to get traffic to turn around.
Turned North up Arroyo after about 5 minutes. When I got to Del Mar, they had put up cones in the left turn lane so you couldn't turn left toward the tracks. All 4 of those gates were down too. I wouldn't even bring this up in a topic, except for the fact that in all the years I have been crossing those tracks, I have never seen this happen before. It says a lot about the dependability of the system they have in place. And it's also better that they failed down instead of up
I don't know but I would expect that there would be some safety measure slowing the train down if there is any problem with signals or gates. It's like car drivers stopping at intersections when the lights are out, except hopefully with some added electronic protection or interlock here.
Post by bluelineshawn on Dec 8, 2009 19:12:55 GMT -8
There is no safety measure like that on the blue line. When crossing gates are out or otherwise won't lower the train operators will stop at the crossing and sound the horn before proceeding. But it's not automatic. They have to know that the gate is out. If there is a metro employee flagging the intersection, I believe they proceed at 15mph without stopping. It could be 20 or 25. Not sure.
The crossing gates at California in Pasadena aren't working properly this morning. I checked the metro.net web site for a phone number to call, but the only one that I got through on wasn't "manned" until 8:00am. Anyone know of a number to call to report problems?