Metrolink gets final delivery of rail cars with safety upgrades

June 26, 2013
  • Metrolink board chairman Keith Millhouse (lowerleft) speaks at a press conference about the arrival of the first two Hyundai Rotem rail cars to the Port of Long Beach from South Korea on March 2, 2010. These rail cars feature stateoftheart cab and passenger cars, which feature unique collisionabsorption technology.
Metrolink board chairman Keith Millhouse (lowerleft)… (Robert Lachman…)

Spurred by two deadly crashes since 2005, Metrolink has now replaced almost all its fleet of aging rail cars with a state-of-the-art model designed to better protect passengers and crews.

Officials for the commuter railroad announced Tuesday that they have received the last batch of 137 passenger cars purchased for $263.3 million from Hyundai Rotem Inc. in South Korea.

Dubbed the "Guardian Fleet" by Metrolink, the Rotem cars have energy-absorbing crumple zones and other safety measures now required by the federal government — improvements that the railroad pushed hard to make after a deadly Glendale crash that killed 11 people in 2005.

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