Friday, June 26, 2009

LA Crash a Black Eye for Privatization

Last year's Metrolink crash, which claimed 25 lives near Chatsworth, seems to have another casualty, privatization. The Los Angeles Times report that the agency has approved a plan for a one-year transition from the current operator, Connex. Unless it opts to give the contract to Amtrak, Metrolink may soon be hiring its own operating crews.
Metrolink officials essentially had no choice but to act, in part because Connex -- which had been accused of lax oversight of engineers and conductors -- no longer wanted the job and other rail service companies balked at accepting the potential liability for any Metrolink accidents.

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