LA Metrolink debuts 1st of 15 new "green" locomotives on Earth Day
- Published Tuesday, April 22, 2008, by The Orange County Register
Metrolink debuts its first 'green' locomotive
Train is one of 15 to be integrated into fleet; O.C. system to see
7 of those trains.
By Ellyn Pak
Metrolink unveiled on Tuesday its first "green" locomotive, one of 15
that will eventually be incorporated into the system's commuter-train
"This is sort of the train-version of a hybrid car that shuts
itself off when it's not moving," said Metrolink spokeswoman Denise
Tyrrell. "The number one thing for us that we feel will be a major,
major component is that this locomotive can pull 10 cars."
Ten-feet longer than current Metrolink locomotives, the new energy-
efficient locomotive will carry 1,200 more passengers and have the
ability to pull 10 cars. Currently, a Metrolink train can pull about
Metrolink unveiled the new, two-story locomotive Tuesday, which is
currently sitting at Taylor Yard in Los Angeles. Metrolink purchased
a set of 15 at $1.9 million each.
The new train boasts low-emissions, emitting about 42 percent less
nitrogen oxides and 70 percent less carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons.
An automatic engine stop-start technology built into the train also
reduces idling emissions, Tyrrell said.
The Orange County Transportation Authority purchased seven of the
15 locomotives for $21 million total, which includes a fee for
spare parts and other costs, said Joel Zlotnik, an OCTA spokesman.
The new trains will be staggered into the system as they are
delivered over the next 15 months. OCTA will integrate all of the
new locomotives by 2010 as part of the agency's plan to expand
Metrolink service. Older locomotives will be pulled from service
and revamped to clean standards.
Orange County's Metrolink network includes 11 stations, with plans
to build another one in Placentia.
* 10 feet longer than current Metrolink locomotives
* Hauls 10 cars instead of 6, which equals 1,200 more passengers
* Emits 42% less NOx; 70% less CO and hydrocarbons
* Automatic engine stop-start cuts idling emissions by half
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