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Metrolink’s Operations Presented by John Fenton CEO for Metrolink


January 25, 2012
• Metrolink provides over 40,000 trips a day, removing more than
18,000 cars from the roads each day which reduces traffic congestion and air pollution
• Metrolink has been operating since 1992
• Our operations are highly regulated and monitored for compliance by Federal Railroad Administration, OSHA, CalOSHA , the EPA and South Coast AQMD
• The SCAQMD regularly conducts surprise monitoring and testing
• Metrolink is in full compliance with all environmental laws and regulations


Community Coalition Requests
# 1: “Metrolink will maintain practice of turning off head end power.”
• Metrolink’s operating policy is to turn off head end power as trains depart Union Station for CMF and after inspection
• In addition, we have increased our enforcement. We monitor trains as they arrive into CMF to ensure that the head end power has been turned off
• If the head end power was not turned off, we meet with our crews to reiterate the importance
of turning off the head end power and they are subject to disciplinary action


Community Coalition Requests
#2: “Metrolink will look into using electricity to run the head end power.”
In response to the Community’s request:
• We have ordered customized cables which are expected to arrive within five to seven weeks in order to plug into ground power
• We are developing the process to utilize ground power and when the cables arrive we will implement the program immediately


Community Coalition Requests
#3 “Metrolink will take back and look at their maintenance infrastructure to plug in engines to electrical power rather than using diesel power and fuel to run head end power (HEP).” In response to the Community’s request:
• Metrolink is evaluating our operations to determine additional locations where we can maximize the use of electricity

Community Coalition Requests
#4: “Metrolink is interested in further evaluating recommendations from the community about sound canceling measures.”  In response to the Community’s request:
• We have been working with Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) and North East Trees to investigate the use of natural materials, such as trees and vegetation, to reduce noise, emissions, enhance aesthetics and complement the Los Angeles River revitalization efforts

Community Coalition Requests
#5: “Metrolink agrees to communicate and do compliance testing for their employees on their existing policy of idling automatic shut off.” 
• Our fuel conservation program includes a policy of shutting off engines
• Teams continue to conduct random testing at CMF and other locations to ensure compliance. Crews are subject to disciplinary action if they fail to abide by the policy
• Over the last two years we have reduced the amount of time trains are idling by 35% at CMF
• We are examining ways to further reduce the length of time trains idle

Community Coalition Requests
#6: “Metrolink will look at ways to make operational changes to make their maintenance facility more efficient, e.g. fuel savings and reducing emissions.”
We are constantly looking for improvements:
• Our fuel policy has saved 860,000 gallons of fuel annually and reduced the emissions and noise generated by idling locomotives
• We have made a conscientious effort to minimize train activity during the evenings and weekends 
• We have streamlined processes to reduce the length of time trains are being serviced on the Service and Inspection tracks reducing idling time by 50% • The CMF does not operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week

Community Coalition Requests
#7: “Metrolink agrees to a follow up meeting with community coalition on this issue in January and show us what evaluation they have done and what changes can be made.”• Community Coalition meeting is today ‐ January 25, 2012
• This presentation outlines the changes that have been made
and the changes that are underway 

Community Coalition Requests
#8: “Metrolink will determine how much fuel is burned by a locomotive while it is in the process of being inspected, stored and leaving the maintenance facility on a daily basis.”
• There are many variables in this calculation.
• HEP vs. Locomotives fuel usage while idling
• HEP engines use approximately 26 to 40 gallons per hour 
• Locomotives use approximately 2.5 to 3 gallons per hour

Community Coalition Requests
#9: “Metrolink will clarify the circumstances for their supplemental
rule to the Federal rules that regulate maintenance activities at night. They will look into a new a device rather than using ringing bells and will also look into reducing blowing horns.” In response to the Community’s request:
• We have and will continue to minimize noise at CMF.
• Safety is our core value – some usage of bells is required for safety purposes
• Since our last meeting we have changed the way we operate the bells. Operators only ring the bell as a warning device at the beginning of initial movement, in the area of concentrated employees and in case of an emergency.
• We have reduced ringing bells by 85% since we started the new policy on January 13, 2012

Community Coalition Requests
#10: “Metrolink agrees to address the pollutant levels of their engines. Metrolink is committed to Tier 3 Plus and Tier 4 technology as a long term solution to reduce emissions.”
• By the end of 2014, we will be replacing 30 of our Tier Zero locomotives with Tier IV locomotives. These new locomotives will be more fuel efficient, and reduce particulate matter (PM) by 86% and Nitrous Oxide (NOX) by 84%.

Community Coalition Requests
#11: “Metrolink will report back on an assessment of how the
maintenance facility affects water quality on the Los Angeles River.” 
• Runoff from the maintenance yard is diverted to a water/oil separator prior to water being discharged into the river 
• Metrolink is required to sample storm water twice annually
• Samples are collected by an environmental contractor and analyzed for pH (acid/base), total suspended solids (TSS), oil and grease, and electric conductivity by a certified laboratory and results are reported to the Regional Quality Control Board.
• The last report was sent to the Regional Quality Control Board in July 2011 and we continue to be in full compliance.

Community Coalition Requests
#12: “Metrolink is looking into developing a new protocol to take noise and pollution complaints and particularly for weekends and nighttime complaints.” 
• Metrolink is always looking to improve communications with our neighbors and we are consistently reevaluating our protocols 
• Questions and concerns can be directed to our call center at (800)371‐LINK(5465) or via our website www.metrolinktrains.com
• For issues related to Air Quality contact South Coast AQMD at 800‐CUT‐SMOG

Community Coalition Requests
#13: “Metrolink will look at operations to address these issues of pollution and noise. They will do something pro‐active on this issue.”
• The past twelve slides have addressed the improvements that we have made over the past two years and the progress that we have made as a result of your input 
• We will continue to be proactive and innovative as we look into new technologies

Conclusion
We have worked diligently to institute policies and make investments in the cleanest and most efficient technology available. We continue to refine our polices and appreciate your input.  In response to your input, we have:
• Expanded the use of ground power
• Streamlined operational processes
• Revised our bell policy
• Updated our communications protocol
• Investigating natural sound barriers

Next Steps at CMF

• Short‐term

– Implementation of Plug In Technology

– Continue to examine opportunities to further reduce idling time & noise 

– Meet again Summer 2012

• Mid‐term

– Evaluation of natural sound barriers

• Long‐term

– Tier IV locomotive upgrade


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