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Metrolink Statement Regarding "60 Minutes" rail safety feature

Monday March 4, 2019

LOS ANGELES – Last night, “60 Minutes” on CBS aired a feature on rail safety. The story highlighted NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt who spoke about the importance of Positive Train Control (PTC), urging regulators to do their part to ensure other rail providers implement the life-saving technology in a timely manner to save lives.

In 2015, Metrolink became the first commuter railroad in the nation to implement PTC, the life-saving technology mentioned in this story. Since then Metrolink has worked with our partners at BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and the North County Transit District to ensure this life-saving technology is functional throughout the entire Southern California rail system.

After the tragic Chatsworth incident in 2008, the Metrolink Board of Directors and elected officials committed to making our system the safest in the nation. Thanks to the dedication of these visionary leaders who embraced PTC, as well as the hard work of the Metrolink team of employees and contractors, our region benefits from the best rail safety technology in existence.

Because PTC is a new technology, it is complex and expensive to implement. Metrolink has offered fellow rail providers our experience and lessons learned as they continue on the path to full PTC implementation.

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 26th 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.