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8/29/2012



Rail News: Passenger Rail

California commission allocates $60 million for Metrolink fleet upgrades


Last week, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $60 million in Proposition 1A bond funds to help pay for upgrades to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s (Metrolink) locomotives and coach cars.

The program will enable Metrolink to upgrade 21 to 30 locomotives and 44 to 55 passenger-rail cars either by buying new equipment or rehabilitating existing equipment, Metrolink officials said in a prepared statement.

The mechanical and communications systems will be overhauled, and new seats and flooring will be installed. In addition, luggage racks, additional bike racks and higher-powered HVAC systems will be added to accommodate longer trips anticipated as part of California’s high-speed rail project between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Metrolink officials said.


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