Metrolink to Receive Critical CalSTA Funds for Locomotive and Infrastructure Projects
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LOS ANGELES – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $10 million award for Metrolink’s Locomotive Fuel Efficiency and Maintenance Modernization Project, along with an additional $15.5 million following a joint application with the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) for a double-track project along Metrolink’s 91/Perris Valley Line between the cities of Moreno Valley and Perris.
The funding awards come from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), administered by California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), which improves and expands public transportation throughout California.
“Governor Newsom, along with CalSTA executive leadership, continues to prioritize investing in public transportation projects that shift away from fossil fuels, while making passenger rail more customer friendly,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said. “These commitments are essential toward Metrolink’s ongoing mission of providing reliable, safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation for everyone and we appreciate the state’s continued support in making that possible.”
The Fuel Efficiency and Maintenance Modernization Project will reduce Metrolink’s operating costs by combining fuel reduction and innovative maintenance strategies using remote monitoring, real-time diagnostics, and operator training and coaching. Metrolink could see potential fuel reduction rates between eight and 20 percent. A savings of just 8% could result in an annual fuel cost savings of $2.6 million. This fuel efficiency project is key to Metrolink’s strategy of reducing emissions and lowering agency costs.
The Metrolink Double Track Project: Moreno Valley to Perris will reconstruct existing track and create a second main line that will better accommodate Metrolink service traveling at speeds up to 79 mph, while also safely accommodating local freight train service along the corridor through the cities of Perris and Moreno Valley, as well as unincorporated areas of Riverside County.
Once completed, the improved 91/Perris Valley Line track will offer an even better alternative to driving and help relieve traffic congestion along Interstate 215 for Riverside County residents. The project will also increase access to jobs and education in this traditionally underserved area, reduce air pollution, and help Metrolink achieve its goal of providing bidirectional service every 30 minutes.
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Metrolink regional passenger rail service offers reliable, safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation throughout Southern California. The Agency’s 547 miles of track and 67 stations across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and San Diego counties connect people, communities, and businesses and is an essential link in the region’s mobility network. Metrolink’s Arrow service, which launched in October 2022 with nine miles of track and four new stations between San Bernardino and Redlands, provides greater local and regional rail connectivity. People who choose to ride Metrolink are helping to remove an estimated 9.3 million vehicles from the roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 130,000 metric tons each year.