Rail

Metrolink to buy 20 more Hyundai Rotem railcars

Posted on November 19, 2010

The board of directors of Southern California-based commuter rail service Metrolink voted unanimously to exercise the option to purchase 20 additional, state-of-the-art, safety-enhanced Hyundai Rotem railcars equipped with collision absorption technology for $1 million under market value per car.

The action, when added to the initial purchase of the new cars, amounts to 137 of the nation's safest railcars being deployed on Metrolink's system, starting with the first 10 next month.

"With the option to take advantage of the prices expiring at the end of the month, it was important for the board to act in a timely fashion," said Metrolink Board Chairman Keith Millhouse. "I'm pleased to be part of a board who continues its ongoing mission to operate the nation's safest passenger rail service."

The new passenger and cab cars are characterized by unique features such as:

  • Crush zones that absorb impact at each end of the car.
  • Enhanced bumpers to absorb, balance and dissipate force if an impact were to occur.
  • Couplers that absorb energy and help to keep cars in line and upright.
  • Work tables designed to dissipate the force of a collision.
  • Reconfigured seat placement in each car.
  • Comfortable seats with higher seat backs, provide more neck and back support.
  • Illuminated and marked pathways and exits.
  • An elevated train operator compartment.
  • Preinstalled inward and outward facing video cameras.
  • Sleek, stainless steel exterior.

Metrolink is hosting a Whistle-Stop Train Tour the first two weeks of December to introduce its new fleet to the public. The cars will be gradually deployed as they are received from Korea, constructed in Colton, Calif. and tested across the system following introduction.  

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

US High Speed Rail launches TOD Institute, conference

Will work to increase the supply of new TODs and rail systems across America and will be holding a series of national and local events bringing together business and political leaders with planners and experts to advance knowledge sharing and project deal making.

Bombardier wins 30-year Toronto light rail maintenance contract

In addition to providing equipment maintenance, Bombardier will also deliver its Automated Vehicle Inspection System and its Bombardier Orbiflo advanced condition monitoring system to automatically inspect the vehicles and provide predictive maintenance capabilities.

D.C. Metro celebrates first year of Silver Line service

More than 35,000 weekday trips were taken to or from the five new Silver Line stations last month, an average of 17,088 riders per day. 

Chicago's Metra meets on-time goal for 4th straight month

For the first half of 2015, the systemwide on-time performance rate was 95.8%. Metra, which is also tracking the top causes for train delays, also reported that 735 of 17,433 trains were tardy by six minutes or more in June.

Sound Transit's Lynwood LR extension completes environmental review

With the ROD in hand, Sound Transit can continue the process to compete for the federal funding that is necessary to help pay for the project.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close