Rail

Metrolink chief to step down to lead Fla. rail co.

Posted on May 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Metrolink CEO John Fenton announced his resignation Monday to become the head of a Florida-based railroad company. Fenton, who is stepping down for family and professional reasons, has worked to improve the service and safety of the commuter line following the deadly Chatsworth crash in 2008, reported the Los Angeles Times.

To read the full story, click here.


Metrolink's official announcement:

LOS ANGELES — Metrolink Chief Executive Officer John Fenton has announced that he will step down from his post at Metrolink after leading a two-year comprehensive reorganization that has put in place new leadership, policies and standards that have increased ridership and enhanced safety in the region. Fenton has accepted a position as CEO of Patriot Rail Corp., a leading operator of short line and regional freight railroads in the United States. Patriot has recently agreed to be acquired by an investment vehicle managed by SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners.

"John's impact on Metrolink and our customers will be felt for many years to come and we thank him for his vision, dedication to safety and leadership," said Richard Katz, chairman of Metrolink's Board of Directors.  "Thanks to John, we have a strong blueprint for Metrolink's future, and the Board is dedicated to ensuring that our high standards for safety and performance will continue well into the future."

The Metrolink board of directors chose Fenton in April of 2010 to lead the agency through a critical period of revitalization and growth. Some of the agency's progress includes an enhanced safety culture, ridership growth, initiation of Metrolink's Positive Train Control implementation, purchase of additional safety-enhanced Guardian cars, a safety leadership training partnership with the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and a turnaround in the agency's public image.

"This was an extremely difficult decision, due to the satisfaction of serving the people in Southern California. I am proud of the tremendous accomplishments the team at Metrolink has made in the past two years. The opportunity to operate a railroad holding company is a lifelong personal goal for me, and, more importantly, it allows me to move closer to my aging parents, and my children and grandchildren," Fenton said.  "Metrolink has a talented staff and a dedicated, forward-looking board that are committed to safety and innovation and will continue to do great things to enhance mobility for the Southern California region."

Metrolink's board of directors has begun the process to fill the CEO position. Over the next several weeks, Fenton will assist the agency in developing a smooth transition plan.

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 19th year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.

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

More News

Amtrak designates developer for $1 billion Chicago Union Station revamp

Approximately 7,500 construction jobs are expected to be developed over the life of the more than $1 billion project, as well as an additional 7,000 to 8,000 permanent jobs.

NY employers exploring alternatives during Penn Station track work

Businesses and real estate specialists say inquiries have spiked for temporary office spaces that do not require travel through Penn Station, where weeks-long outages in July and August are expected to trigger a travel nightmare for employees living in New Jersey and Long Island suburbs.

Brightline unveils West Palm Beach station

The privately funded express inter-city passenger rail service will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with future service to Orlando.

Gov. Christie lays out deal with Amtrak for Penn Station track repairs

In announcing the deal, he said the Morris and Essex line will be most affected this summer. To offset the inconvenience, Christie is lowering the fare for a monthly pass, in some cases by as much as $280.

Alstom lands $55M German order for Coradia Lint trains

The diesel multiple units will be built in Alstom’s plant in Salzgitter and delivered by May 2019 to run on the RE Ulm-Aalen, RB Ulm-Langnau, and RB Ulm-Munderkingen lines.

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 number 1 resource for vocational 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