In July 2012, 14-year-old Mitchal Sata of Glendora was walking along train tracks in unincorporated Covina, listening to music blaring in his earphones, according to authorities. He didn’t hear the train coming from behind.
Sata’s death, as well as the death of a man at a grade crossing west of the downtown Pomona Station Thursday, are two in a string of train fatalities that has spurred an effort to promote train safety.
Working with a $1.4 billion budget, the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority plans to erect 22 grade separation projects in the county, as well as improved bells, gates, lights and medians, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Metro has also installed four-quadrant gates along the Blue Line route and has hired 14 train safety ambassadors to cover intersections along the Blue Line, looking for unsafe pedestrian behavior.
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