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Metrolink Contracts Amtrak to Operate Trains

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Beginning June 26th, Amtrak engineers will be contracted to operate Metrolink's seven commuter lines. The move comes after the deadly Metrolink crash in 2008, which left 25 people dead and 125 injured. It was found that engineer, a contracted employee from Veolia, ran a red light and was texting at the time of the incident. "Amtrak is proud of our safety record and we are dedicated to providing excellent and efficient service to Metrolink and its passengers," said Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman in a statement. Amtrak's contract is for four years with potential for two 3-year extensions.