Today I got some answers!
Jennifer Bergener of the OCTA responded to my inquiry.The OCTA has been working with the City in implementing the "hybrid" solution (that was discussed at the meeting 320 days ago).
"To further the findings Metrolink is currently working with the City to perform a more robust 24 hour - 2 week monitoring of the crossing to ensure we have adequate data to resolve the issue."
Not sure if further analysis is required, or if this is just a result of some bureaucratic malaise.
So when you see some extra sensors getting put up by the crossing, you know that we have reached a minor milestone.
But how close that gets us to the ultimate goal is still tough to say. The OCTA said that the original time-frame has been delayed. The only time-frame I ever heard was "6 months to 1 year", so I'm guessing this won't get resolved in October, but we can hope for November?
I appreciate that Ms. Bergener responded so quickly, but actions will speak louder...
I'm waiting to hear back, but so far I think the Ghost Train isn't going anywhere anytime soon enough...