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UP isn't meeting contract obligations, California rail authority says


Last week, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) — which operates Metrolink commuter-rail service — sent a notice of non-performance to Union Pacific Railroad.

SCRRA officials claim UP has failed to meet its contract obligations and urged the Class I to take measures to ensure it has sufficient capacity, according to a prepared statement.

Metrolink’s Riverside Line "routinely suffers delays of more than 30 minutes" that sometimes total two hours, SCRRA officials said. In May, the commuter railroad lost $80,000 in revenue after it offered Riverside Line passengers a 25 percent discount on their June monthly passes to compensate for the delays, officials claim.

UP now has 30 days to respond. If SCRRA officials don’t receive a response, Metrolink’s board could authorize staff to pursue arbitration.

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