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Safety Standards: Passenger Car Crashworthiness

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Late last year, Southern California's Metrolink began putting into service new passenger-rail cars that agency officials are touting as the safest in the country. Manufactured by Hyundai Rotem, the vehicles feature crash energy management technology, which is designed to minimize a collision's impact on riders. Metrolink has ordered 137 cars and expects to have them all in service by late 2012. The agency worked wtih the Federal Railroad Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe Center to develop the vehicles' design specifications. This session will focus on:

Features of Metrolink's new passenger-rail cars
How the agency worked with federal partners to create the design specifications
How other transit agencies can use lessons learned from Metrolink to develop their own specifications for safer passenger cars.

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