Last week, Metrolink was honored with the Model Community Achievement Award by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for the purchase of 40 Tier-4 locomotives, which reduce emissions by 85 percent and provide 57 percent more horsepower compared to older locomotives.
The award was presented at the 30th Annual Clean Air Awards at the L.A. Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, October 5.
Metrolink is the first passenger rail service in the nation to operate Tier 4 locomotives.
Purchasing the new locomotives was a collaborative effort by Metrolink, regional agencies, member agencies, elected officials and community members.
The total project cost of $280 million was largely funded from the SCAQMD through the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, which granted funding of $110 million. Additional funds were provided by state ($132 million), federal ($21 million) and local ($17 million) sources.
Metrolink and AQMD Board Members Hilda Solis and Larry McCallon (pictured above) accepted the award with staff from Planning and Equipment who have been integral in the identification of funding and deployment of the Tier 4 locomotives.