The motion, co-authored by Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Michael D. Antonovich, request that the Board of Supervisors send a five signature letter to the Governing Board of Directors of the South Coast Air Quality Management District to express support for Metrolink’s grant request for funding from the Carl Moyer Grant Program.

“There is no better time for Metrolink commuter rail service to reduce emissions, improve reliability, add ridership and connect with existing and future planned rail and transit services, than now,” said Supervisor Solis. “These locomotives will be part of California’s most robust commuter rail locomotive fleet modernization program.”

The letter will be mailed, no later than Fri., Sept. 4 2015 to Dr. Bill Burke, SCAQMD Chairman, to request an award of $58.9 million in Carl Moyer Program funding toward the purchase of up to 20 Tier 4 locomotives. The request is scheduled to be considered by the SCAQMD Board for approval on this date. With this purchase, 75 percent of Metrolink locomotives will be converted to the highest level of engine emission controls, Tier 4.

The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), operator of Metrolink commuter rail service, is ready to purchase up to 20 new, fuel efficient, higher powered Tier 4 locomotives, this October. The delivery of the locomotives is scheduled for early 2018.