CALIFORNIA RAIL 2020 CONFERENCE
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John Fenton Speaking on Metrolink
Mr. Fenton gave some background:
There are 144 Metrolink trains a day
One million people travel on
Metrolink a month.
Commute times in automobiles are the highest in 16 years.
Safety is 1st priority of Metrolink
He has looked at 'instances'
On-time means within 5 minutes.
Dodger game service
You can't cut your way to prosperity, but you have to figure a way to grow.
Metrolink is looking for partnerships with the 8,000 corporations
along Metrolinks right-of-way.
It takes $80 to 100 million to build a mile of freeway. It costs $2.7
million per coach car.
Naperville, IL, went from 40,000 residents to 300,000 population after they
added express trains into Chicago.
Maybe Metrolink needs express trains that do not stop at the LAUS station,
adding commute time to those heading past LAUS.
The "Guardian Fleet" is the name for Metrolink's new crash resistant locomotive/cab
PTC is another big project for Metrolink as well as a 'sealed corridor project.'
New locomotives are 4,700 horsepower.
The Service Expansion Program to make 30-minute trains between Fullerton
and Laguna Niguel is slowed and Mr. Fenton says it is 15 - 18 months to implementations.
Metrolink's Tier Four locomotives will be built by GE and Caterpillar.
Expansion Plans: Perris Valley from Riverside and San Bernardino to
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