The Northridge earthquake that jolted Los Angeles, California, was baptism by fire for a new transit system. Just barely a year old when the earthquake struck in January 1994, the Metrolink system became a vital transportation link in Los Angeles' postquake recovery. This article describes how emergency engineering and a coalition of Southern California organizations constructed 24 km (15 mi) of track, moved tons of cut and fill, erected six commuter rail stations, and built six bridges to accommodate commuters. From clearing derailed locomotives to fast-tracking land acquisition and development, the 74-day, $16 million project helped mitigate the loss of highway transportation.


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  • Accession Number: 00715421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 29 1996 12:00AM