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Metrolink Unveils Safest Commuter Trains In The Nation

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On Monday, Metrolink unveiled a new "Guardian Fleet" of passenger cars that officials assert to be the safest in the country. "From a safety standpoint and a quality standpoint we are setting the standard for the rest of the nation," said Metrolink CEO John Fenton in the Daily News. Added Keith Millhouse, who chairs the Metrolink board, "The Metrolink passenger will be riding on a train you won't find anywhere else in America."

The new cabs are designed to "crumple upon impact, dispersing the energy from a crash, with an elevated compartment in the cab car to give the engineer better visibility," reports the Daily News. The interior of the cars have higher seat backs and tables designed to fold upward to, "minimize passenger injuries."

Next week, ten cars will be put into service across the Metrolink system with a total of 137 cars expected in-service by late 2011.