Metrolink Awards Amtrak Contract to Operate Commuter Trains

Amtrak's Maple Leaf train pulls into Niagara Falls, N.Y., on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

Southern California’s Metrolink has awarded Amtrak a four-and-a-half-year contract for commuter train operations services.

The new contract begins on Jan. 1, 2021, and expires on June 30, 2025.

Under the contract, Amtrak will provide and manage engineers and conductors to operate Metrolink trains and play a “significant role in safety and customer service.” Metrolink, the nation’s 3rd largest commuter rail system, selected Amtrak’s proposal from a field of five.

“We are honored to continue serving Metrolink and the communities and residents of Southern California,” Amtrak President Stephen Gardner said in a statement. “We look forward to building upon our many years of partnership and helping the agency achieve its bold vision of growth and improvement.”

Metrolink operates double-decker trains across a network of 538 total route miles, including 407 unduplicated route miles. It serves destinations throughout Southern California, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Ventura.

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