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The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) late last week proposed a $347.9 million capital budget for Metrolink's 2016 fiscal year. The SCRRA, which operates the commuter-rail service, plans to replace the system's current rolling stock with 20 new more efficient Tier 4 locomotives, in addition to furthering positive train control (PTC) efforts.Specifically, the agency will allot money toward completing final testing for PTC, as well as eventually implementing the technology, according to the budget's executive summary.Other projects in the budget include:• replacing aging ticket vending machines;• implementation of mobile ticketing;• continue the 91 Line from Riverside to Perris, Calif., which will add 23 miles to the system's existing route; and• enhancing overall safety and security of the system.Metrolink's FY2016 operating budget is $229 million.The SCRRA will hold a public hearing for the proposed budgets on June 26.
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