Monday, March 29, 2010

Metrolink taps Amtrak for train operations

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Amtrak will operate Metrolink regional rail service in Southern California beginning in late June. The deal, announced late last week, will see Amtrak train and engine crews assume operating duties as Metrolink puts enhance safety measures into place.


Amtrak succeeds Connex as the operator; the latter has been under scrutiny since one of its employees was cited as the principal cause of the collision in Chatsworth, Calif., in September 2008, when a Metrolink passenger train crashedinto a Union Pacific freight train, killing 25 and injuring many more.


Metrolink’s current contract with Amtrak is for four years, with the potential for two three-year extensions.


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