MIAMI — On Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Crist signed legislation into law that will create a framework for future rail projects, modernize travel and energize Florida’s economy. For the full story, click here.
Delivery of the first metro trains is scheduled in 2018, and the order will be completed in the following year.
The agency opened its $44 million Green Line only four years ago; however, the line currently averages only 440 boardings a day with limited service, and costs RT $330,000 annually to operate.
The 6.6-mile Expo extension runs from Culver City to Santa Monica and includes seven stations. Ridership on the new portion is projected to total 18,000 to 20,000 weekday boardings after the first year of service. The travel time from downtown L.A. to the Downtown Santa Monica Station is 48 minutes.
Agency has doubled its team of employees tasked with riding its trains to observe and report on conductor and ticket agent performance, onboard and station amenities and customer interactions.
The Washington-to-New York City passenger train, Amtrak 188, was traveling at 106 mph around a curve in Philadelphia when it derailed May 12, 2015. Eight passengers were killed and more than 180 others were sent to area hospitals, some with critical injuries.
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