Metrolink News

Friday June 9, 2017

New locomotives will reduce emissions by up to 85%. 

LOS ANGELES –  The cleanest diesel locomotives will be spotted across the region this week as Metrolink begins testing Tier 4 locomotives system-wide.

Testing is expected to last up to three months, beginning June 5 and continuing through the summer. To minimize impact to surrounding communities, Metrolink has scheduled nearly all testing to occur during daytime hours instead of at night.

Through the month of June, testing locations will include the Central Maintenance Facility, Pasadena subdivision, which includes the cities of Pomona, San Dimas, La Verne, Glendora, Azusa and Irwindale, on tracks that are not normally used by Metrolink trains, and the Antelope Valley and Orange County lines.

Testing is a federal regulatory requirement before they can be used for passenger service. Last week, Metrolink was granted permission by the FRA to proceed on its testing. Once the testing period concludes, Metrolink will begin to deploy the new, cleaner Tier 4 locomotives across its system.

Metrolink is the first passenger rail in the nation to utilize Tier 4 technology, which produces up to 85% less emissions while moving riders more reliably. For more information about the Tier 4 locomotives and their benefits, please click here.

The Tier 4 locomotives were a regional partnership funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Carl Moyer Program, the State of California's Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) and Metrolink member agencies: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority (METRO), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC).

For additional details on Metrolink, please visit www.metrolinktrains.com.

ABOUT METROLINK (www.metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 24th year of operation. Metrolink is governed by The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Metrolink operates seven routes through a six-county, 538 route-mile network. Metrolink’s passengers travel approximately 441 million miles each year, making Metrolink the second busiest public transportation provider in Southern California. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.

###

$
STATIONS