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California's Metrolink to negotiate engineer/conductor services contract with Amtrak

Last week, Metrolink’s board voted in favor of negotiating a contract for train engineer and conductor services with Amtrak.

The board determined that Amtrak negotiations presented the best option to meet a June 30, 2010, deadline imposed by the conclusion of a current services contract with Connex Railroad L.L.C. Amtrak served as Metrolink’s commuter-rail service operator between 1992 and 2004.

“Continuing with our longstanding model of outsourcing train operations will allow us to further focus our resources on all of our … safety measures, including an accelerated deployment of positive train control, installing inward-facing video cameras in all of our locomotives and lead passenger cars [and] developing additional sealed corridor projects,” said Metrolink Chairman Keith Millhouse in a prepared statement.

Southern California’s regional commuter-rail service provider, Metrolink is governed by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

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