Metrolink Refurbishes Train Interiors in California

Metrolink has put its first refurbished train car into service in California, offering passengers a more comfortable and safe experience.

The train car is the first of 50 that will be renovated in the near future to make Metrolink services more a more attractive option in Southern California.

Metrolink Train InteriorsThe refurbished passenger train car features passenger amenities designed for a more enjoyable, productive and safe ride

The train cars now include improved features that make them easier to clean, such as vinyl seating and non-carpeted flooring, as well as enhanced air filtration and UV lighting for bacteria, air pollutant and virus protection.

In addition, the toilets have been fitted with new energy-efficient lighting and better odour control technology.

Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said:

“We are thrilled to begin the roll out of the renovated train cars, with upgrades to enhance passengers’ travel experiences, into our system. The ‘new’ train cars have a contemporary interior, charging ports at each seat, and a number of enhancements providing passengers with a safer and more comfortable ride with elevated amenities.”

For enhanced safety, each refurbished car will have side door obstacle detection, three emergency intercom buttons and emergency fresh air ventilation for use during power outages.

Metrolink operates 121 passengers train cars that were originally built by Bombardier (now Alstom) between 1992 and 2002. The order to refurbish 50 of these older cars was placed with Talgo-SYSTRA joint venture in 2019.

Metrolink anticipates that 17 refurbished cars will enter service by the end of 2022, and all 50 cars should be available by early 2024.