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Metrolink transitions all trains to renewable fuel

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Metrolink has transitioned all its trains to renewable fuel sources, the public transportation agency announced Wednesday.

Metrolink, which serves six counties across Southern California, held a news conference Wednesday morning at Los Angeles Union Station to discuss the achievement.

Metrolink says it is the first rail system in the nation to run all its trains on 100% renewable fuel. Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said that by doing so, it has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 80%. The agency also no longer uses eight million gallons of fossil fuel annually.

"We recognize that climate change is one of the most important issues impacting our world today, and we realize that as a force of positive influence in the Southern California community, we have a responsibility to make improvements to our operating practices for the benefits of our riders and our environment," Kettle said.   

Earlier this week, Metrolink announced that it would provide free rides on all its trains this upcoming Earth Day, April 22. Last week Metrolink reinstated service on two-dozen lines, this after cutting back service significantly during the height of the pandemic. In March 2020, Metrolink slashed its schedule by about 30%, responding to a 90% drop in ridership as the COVID-19 virus took hold and stay-at-home orders took effect. But with more workers returning to their workplaces, and with gas prices at record highs, the regional commuter service has seen sharp ridership growth.

Metrolink operates seven train lines on a 538-mile network. It is the third largest passenger rail agency in the nation.  

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