Metrolink’s state-of-the-art rail cars arrive at Port of Long Beach

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Metrolink will be the first passenger rail system in the nation to adopt these state-of-the-art cab and passenger cars, which feature unique crash energy management (collision-absorption) technology.

On Wednesday Metrolink Board Chairman Keith Millhouse, Chief Executive Officer Eric Haley and a distinguished group of leaders greeted the arrival of Metrolink’s first two Crash Energy Management (CEM)-enabled cars at the Port of Long Beach. The cars are the first of 117 cars that will be put into service later this year.

“As the latest technological addition to our comprehensive public safety program, these new CEM cars will help save lives,” said Millhouse. “Their arrival on our shore is the result of dynamic collaboration with world-class vehicle safety experts across two continents who share our commitment to passenger safety. On behalf of Metrolink’s thousands of loyal commuters, I want to thank them for their innovative work to enhance the safety of our transportation network.”

The CEM program now enters the critical testing phase, which is the most essential part of the procurement. Any elements in need of modification will be identified and corrected during this phase, which will prevent those that do not meet the highest standards from showing up in the entire production run. This will ultimately save time and money, produce a much higher quality product from the start, expedite the successful final testing and acceptance of the cars here in the U.S. and help ensure a successful introduction into regular train service.

Procurement of the cars began more than five years ago when Metrolink contacted the Volpe Institute and the Federal Railroad Administration in order to incorporate collision absorption technology into the system’s cab and passenger fleet that was already on order.

Speaking dockside where the cars were offloaded from U.S. flagged cargo ship, Ocean Charger, Millhouse acknowledged some of the partners in attendance who helped bring this important technology to Southern California. They included: CEM car manufacturer Hyundai-Rotem for providing world-class railway vehicle design and production; Intermarine USA for carrying the cars on their heavy-lift vessel, Ocean Charger; Suntrans International, the oceanic freight forwarder that ensured the safe passage of the cars from Korea; and the Port of Long Beach, leading gateway for Trans-Pacific trade, for their global leadership in goods movement and for hosting the arrival event.

Millhouse also announced that most of the work to assemble the new cars will be done at Metrolink’s Eastern Maintenance Facility in the City of Colton in accordance with the “Buy America” program that requires final assembly of rolling stock take place in the United States.

“Performing the work here will also result in expedited training, quicker access to the cars, the extension of more than 50 jobs and the opportunity to start working on modifications to ready the cars for Positive Train Control in accordance with our accelerated strategy to bring this technology to Southern California,” added Millhouse.

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