Metrolink officially unveiled its $230 million investment into the first-of-a-kind crash resistant fleet of train cars today. Metrolink will have 117 new cars in all with the hopes of preventing future accidents like the 2008 Chatsworth train collision. The hope is that these train cars will be operational in the fall.
The 2008 Chatsworth accident was the deadliest in Metrolink history, with 25 fatalities. These newly-designed train cars were developed in direct response to the accident, but it is unknown as to whether they will react as intended for accidents taking place at very high speeds.
The LA Times has provided an interactive feature on the design of the trains as well as a Department of Transportation video demonstrating how much safer the new train car is to the old. It is quite dramatic.