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Central Maintenance Facility (CMF)

The property where Metrolink’s Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) is located, previously known as Taylor Yard, serviced locomotives and rail cars since the 1920s. Metrolink operates 365 days a year. The Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) provides a critical function for Metrolink to provide this regional service. CMF is one of two service, inspection and repair facilities in the Metrolink system and the only facility equipped to handle heavy maintenance and repair. Following early morning peak runs, nearly all Metrolink trains arrive at CMF to be inspected, tested, fueled, cleaned and serviced for afternoon departures. Metrolink is committed to meeting the transportation needs of the region in the safest and cleanest way possible, while being a good neighbor to the surrounding communities.

History

Metrolink’s Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) is located in one of eight parcels of land where a Southern Pacific Railroad service yard known as Taylor Yard once stood. Taylor Yard serviced locomotives and rail cars from the 1920s through the 1960s.It was one of the largest service yards in the Los Angeles area and was responsible for the maintenance of locomotives and rail cars. By the 1960s Taylor Yard had slowed down most of its operations and was completely closed in 1985.

 

 

Taylor Yard in 1962
Taylor Yard in 1962

The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) began CMF operations in 1991. Use of the facility was listed in a 1992 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (Metro). 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 commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership. The CMF provides a critical function for Metrolink to provide this regional service.

Metrolink’s MOU listed in 1992 can be found here: (MOU PDF)

Present day CMF facility
Present day CMF facility

Governance

The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) is a joint powers authority governed by five county-level agencies: the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the San Bernardino Associated Governments and the Ventura County Transportation Commission. Metrolink has five levels of oversight: Public, Member Agencies, Local, State and Federal. We are also overseen by eight regulatory agencies that can request an inspection at any given time. More details on our levels of oversight can be found below:

Governance pyramid showing hierarchical levels begging at the bottom with: Federal, State, Local, Member Agencies, and the Public at the top

Public
  • Brown Act
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • California Public Records Act
  • Local elections, which choose Board members
  • Local community meetings (NEPA, CEQA, etc.)
Member Agencies
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
  • Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)
  • Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC)
  • San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG)
  • Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC)
Local
  • Elected Officials
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
State
  • CalOSHA
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California Environmental Protection Agency
    • California Air Resources Board (CARB)
    • California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (COEHHA)
  • Elected Officials
Federal
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
    • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Elected Officials

Operations Overview

CMF is one of two service, inspection and repair facilities in the Metrolink system and the only facility equipped to handle heavy maintenance and repair. Following early morning peak runs, nearly all Metrolink trains arrive at CMF to be inspected, tested, fueled, cleaned and serviced for afternoon departures. Testing usually takes between 45-60 minutes, but may take longer depending on equipment arriving for service, as any defects needing to be addressed prior to departure are corrected. During the inspection and testing process, the locomotives are required to be running to perform various functional tests mandated by the Code of Federal Regulations 49 Parts 200-299. More details about our operations can be found in the CMF factsheet: 
 

 

CMF DIAGRAM KEY

  1. Locomotive Fueling Area – Trains are refueled for departure.
  2. Standby Generator – A backup generator is located in the northern half of CMF to supply emergency power.
  3. Fuel Truck Parking – The fuel truck, although not used at CMF, is stored to be used off site or in case of emergency.
  4. S&I Tracks – Daily Service and Inspection (S&I) takes place here. These tasks include required safety system testing and inspections along with cleaning, fueling, troubleshooting and repairs. Troubleshoot may include load testing.
  5. Load Testing – Periodic locomotive and HEP engine load testing.
  6. Locomotive Shop – Heavy machine maintenance and repair takes place here.
  7. Standby Generator – A backup generator is located in the southern half of CMF to supply emergency power.
  8. Ground Power Stations – Ground power stations available for wayside electrical power.
  9. River Tracks – All trains enter CMF from the south via these tracks paralleling the LA River.
  10. Storage Tracks – Daily Service and Inspection (S&I) takes place here. These tasks include required safety system testing and inspections along with cleaning, troubleshooting and repairs. Troubleshoot may include load testing.

Train movement and switching occur throughout the CMF.

Private properties (residential and business) are located away from the CMF as follows:

  1. East side: 160 ft. to 650 ft.
  2. West side: 395 ft. to 464 f

*As of December 31, 2019

Sand Towers

CMF has two sand towers which are used to store and distribute sand to locomotives as needed. Sand is used to provide traction and prevent wheel slip when moving locomotives. We receive sand deliveries up to 6 times a year.

Sand Tower images, with circle around two sand towers.
Sand Towers, circled in orange, at the CMF.


This video gives and overview of the sand delivery process and how our Sand Towers are used at the CMF.

Upgrading Our Fleet-Tier 4 Locomotives

Metrolink is transitioning primarily to a fleet of Tier 4 locomotives, with 40 units ordered. The state-of-the-art Tier 4 locomotives are the cleanest diesel locomotives in the nation, providing wide-ranging environmental benefits for our region. We anticipate all 40 units will be in service by summer 2020.

More information on Tier 4 locomotives can be found HERE: metrolinktrains.com/tier4.

Continuous Improvements

Metrolink has a long history with the CMF community -- including residents, businesses, elected officials and other stakeholders in Cypress Park, Glassell Park and Elysian Valley. In the past eight years, Metrolink has made various operational enhancements and modifications to reduce negative impacts to the community including, but not limited to:

continuous improvement timeline

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Get face-to-face with Metrolink.

BOARD MEETINGS:

If you would like to attend a Board of Directors meeting that information can be found at: www.metrolinktrains.com/about/board-meetings/

COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

CMF Virtual Community Meeting

Date: September 26, 2020

Time:10:30am-12:30pm

Details and instructions: CMF Community Meeting Invite- September, 26, 2020


CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Novoa at 213-452-0300, [email protected], or community hotline 213-452-0400.