After leading the Los Angeles-based commuter rail organization for more than two years, Metrolink CEO Michael P. DePallo announced he will step down from his post at Metrolink effective January 2 to pursue other opportunities, and that the Board will commence a process for hiring a new permanent CEO.
The Metrolink Board of Directors hired DePallo in October of 2012 to lead the agency through a critical period of revitalization and growth. Under DePallo's leadership, Metrolink is now on the verge of becoming the nation's first passenger rail system to fully implement Positive Train Control (PTC), a life-saving technology that will make Metrolink the nation's safest railroad. In addition, the agency will also be the nation's first to employ Tier 4 locomotives on its system, which will operate at more than 80% lower emissions than current locomotives.
He led the agency in addressing a number of financial challenges which came to light in 2013, bringing in a new finance team which has stabilized the agency's financial position. He also initiated "Customer Connect," a new program for riders to provide direct feedback to Metrolink management regarding amenities and other improvements to service.
"Metrolink has a great history and a bright future. This system is the backbone of Southern California's regional system and essential to our collective future as our region continues to grow and rely on public transit. We are especially proud of this organization's commitment to public safety as we remain on track to be the first commuter rail system in the country to implement positive train control," said Larry McCallon, chairman of Metrolink's Board of Directors.
"Metrolink has a talented staff and a dedicated, forwardlooking Board that are committed to safety and innovation and will continue to do great things to enhance mobility for the Southern California region," said DePallo.
Metrolink's Board of Directors has begun a process to fill the CEO position.