Metrolink’s first Tier 4 locomotive was displayed at Los Angeles Union Station. The state-of-the-art locomotives will reduce particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85 percent. In addition to environmental benefits, the new engines will have up to 57 percent more horsepower allowing Metrolink to move people more quickly and reliably.
Metrolink became the first commuter rail agency in the country to purchase Tier 4 locomotives in 2013. The long-term Metrolink fleet plan calls for up to 40 new Tier 4 locomotives expected to cost approximately $280 million.
The first of the low-emission locomotives are expected to begin operating throughout the Metrolink system in late 2016, with the remainder arriving in 2017.
“Completion of Metrolink’s first Tier 4 locomotive is an important milestone in the effort to improve California’s air quality. The emissions reductions promised by these state-of-the-art locomotives will lead to cleaner air and a healthier environment for the people of Los Angeles and Southern California,” said California State Senate President pro tempore Kevin de León.