Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
October 28, 2010 For Immediate Release
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – County Supervisor and MTA Director Michael D. Antonovich, announced that the MTA Board approved his motion, co-authored by Directors Knabe, Najarian, Katz and Villaraigosa, to exercise an option adding 20 additional safety-enhanced cars to the 117 rail car order Metrolink placed with manufacturer Hyundai Rotem in 2006.
“Exercising the option gives Metrolink the opportunity to provide new safer cars rather than rehabilitating older cars currently in service,” said Antonovich.
Outfitted with vital passenger safety improvements including “crush zone” technology and “crash energy management” design estimated by the Federal Railroad Administration to reduce fatalities by 75 percent in a 35 mile per hour crash, the new rail cars will be delivered and put into service beginning in 2011.