The Metrolink O&M contract will encompass the following tasks:

  • train operation and crew services
  • rolling stock (locomotive and cab/coach) maintenance
  • signalling, communication and train control systems maintenance
  • track, structures and right-of-way maintenance
  • railway facilities (yards, buildings) maintenance
  • rubber tyred non-revenue fleet and specialised equipment maintenance
  • rehabilitation/capital maintenance associated with the above, and
  • materials acquisition and management to support the infrastructure, systems and equipment.

Maintenance activities will include inspection and repair of track, bridges, structures, wayside signals, communications, rights-of-way, level crossings and level 1 train control systems for the entire system. Responsibilities will also include maintenance of Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) facilities and all equipment, locomotives, coaches and coach components, along with mechanisms such as brake systems, motors, seats and passenger communication equipment. Passenger stations are generally owned by the various agencies and will not be included in the procurement.

The final RFP is expected to be released in spring 2019, with mandatory pre-proposal meetings and tours following the issuance of the RFP. Metrolink will host an event on February 15-16 in Pomona, California, for interested contractors, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers.

“We are excited about this procurement in order to make our railroad more efficient and effective,” says Metrolink CEO, Ms Stephanie Wiggins. “Our Board of Directors sees this policy shift as an imperative step in continuing Metrolink’s path toward being the preferred transportation option over driving in Southern California.”

Metrolink, in its 26th year of operation, is governed by SCRRA, a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transport commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Metrolink operates seven routes on an 865 route-km network.