Irvine Pedestrian Bridge
The Irvine Pedestrian Bridge opened at a ceremony
on Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at 4:45 P.M.
Click on any photo on this page for a larger image of that photo.
Click on each link below to view additional sets of photos of the event:
Set #1 /
Set #2 /
Set #3 /
Set #4 /
Set #5 /
for preliminary photos that were taken on
Saturday, June 9, 2001, before the bridge was open.
to take a virtual tour of the Irvine Station Platform
prior to construction of the pedestrian bridge.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2001
PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE BUILT AT
IRVINE TRANSPORTATION CENTER
Los Angeles -- A Pedestrian Bridge has been constructed over the railroad tracks at the Irvine
Transportation Center allowing passengers to access the station's two rail platforms safely,
conveniently and without walking directly across the tracks.
A dedication ceremony to open the new Pedestrian Bridge will be held on
Wednesday, June 13, beginning at 4:45 p.m.
City dignitaries and representatives of Caltrans, Amtrak West,
Metrolink and Orange County Transportation Authority will participate in the ceremonies. A
ribbon cutting ceremony across the Pedestrian Bridge, and Amtrak and Metrolink trains breaking
through paper banners will be part of the program.
The Irvine Transportation Center is located at 15215 Barranca Parkway at Ada Street.
The bridge is 127 feet long and spans the station's two railroad tracks. There is an
elevator tower and stairs at both ends -- near the station building and at a new platform
constructed for the second railroad tracks. The bottom of the bridge is 29 feet above the tracks.
The elevators and stairs serve three levels, ground and bridge levels for access to the station and
platforms, and a second level for future service. New landscaping has been added near the bridge
towers and platforms, and both platforms now include overhead lights and passenger shelters.
The Irvine Transportation Center opened in July 1997 and is served by 22 daily trains of
Amtrak California's Pacific Surfliner and the commute trains of Metrolink.
GRAND OPENING CEREMONY
IRVINE TRANSPORTATION CENTER
Wednesday, June 13, 2001
Ceremony Begins at 4:45 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m.
IRVINE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ QUARTET
MASTER OF CEREMONY
WELCOMING, CALL TO SEATS, INTRODUCE THE MAYOR
LARRY AGRAN, MAYOR, CITY OF IRVINE
PAT MERRILL, CALTRANS RAIL PROGRAM
WHAT THIS PROJECT MEANS TO THE STATE RAIL PROGRAM
LYNN BERBERIAN, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, AMTRAK
PRESENTS ENHANCED SERVICE (SURFLINER)
ARTHUR LEAHY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF OCTA
M.J.GESTINE, PROJECT MANAGER, CITY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
CREDITS FOR WORK PERFORMANCE
KEN NELSON, DIRECTOR, CALTRANS, DISTRICT 12
CEREMONIAL RIBBON-CUTTING AT STAIR TOWER
LEE GOLDENBERG, RAIL PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, CALTRANS
A) PROCESSION TO PLATFORM TO HANG BANNER
B) BAND DRUM ROLL
AMTRAK AND METROLINK TRAINS BREAK BANNER
TO 5:40 P.M. CAKE AND REFRESHMENT