Montebello Mayor Joins Metrolink Board

December 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayor Vivian Romero is “truly excited” to be the newest member of the Metrolink Board of Directors, after being appointed Dec. 8 by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Chairman Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as the alternate for L.A, county Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Metrolink is a Southern California regional commuter rail service governed by The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The transportation system included seven routes that run through 6 counties. It is the second largest commuter rail system in Southern California, (Metro is the largest), and third largest in the county, according Metrolink’s announcement of Romero’s appointment.

“I am pleased to welcome Mayor Romero on behalf of the Metrolink Board,” said Board Chair Andrew Kotyuk in the announcement. “She is dedicated to addressing the mobility needs of her constituents in Montebello and the San Gabriel Valley as well as the entire diverse Southern California region.”

Montebello Mayor Vivian Romero

Montebello Mayor Vivian Romero

Romero is the first LGBTQ elected official to serve as mayor of Montebello, a position appointed by a vote of the members of the City Council. She is the founder of a boutique entertainment group focusing on management, licensing, publishing and contract negotiation.

Attending her first official meeting last week, Romero thanked Solis for facilitating the appointment and “her confidence and faith” in her.

“Based on my experience as recent past President of the Independent Cities Association and the current Chair of Metro’s San Gabriel Valley Service Council, I am prepared to work collaboratively and contribute toward improving regional mobility in Southern California,” Romero said.

“I will also continue my work advocating for the critical investments required to meet our region’s infrastructure and transportation needs that indispensably keep our communities and its residents safely moving and thriving.”


Alcaldesa de Montebello Se Une a la Junta de Metrolink

December 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

La alcaldesa Vivian Romero dijo que está “realmente emocionada” de ser la miembra más reciente de la Junta Directiva de Metrolink, luego de ser nombrada el 8 de diciembre por el alcalde Eric Garcetti, presidente del Consejo Metropolitano de Transporte Metropolitano del condado de Los Ángeles, para servir de suplente para la supervisora del condado de Los Ángeles Hilda Solís.

Metrolink es un servicio ferroviario regional del sur de California gobernado por la Autoridad Ferroviaria Regional del sur de California (SCRRA), una autoridad conjunta de poderes formada por una junta de 11 miembros que representa las comisiones de transporte de los condados de Los Ángeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernandino y Ventura.

El sistema de transporte incluyó siete rutas que se ejecutan en 6 condados. Es el segundo sistema ferroviario de cercanías más grande en el sur de California, (Metro es el más grande), y el tercero más grande en el condado, según el anuncio de Metrolink sobre el nombramiento de Romero.

“Me complace dar la bienvenida al alcalde Romero en nombre de la Junta Directiva de Metrolink”, dijo el presidente de la Junta, Andrew Kotyuk, en el anuncio. “Ella está dedicada a abordar las necesidades de movilidad de sus electores en Montebello y el Valle de San Gabriel, así como en toda la región del sur de California”.

Vivian Romero (derecha) esta "realmente emocionada" de ser parte de la Junta Directiva de Metrolink. Sera la suplente de la supervisora del condado Hilda Solís (izquierda). / (Foto del Archivo de EGP).

Vivian Romero (derecha) esta “realmente emocionada” de ser parte de la Junta Directiva de Metrolink. Sera la suplente de la supervisora del condado Hilda Solís (izquierda). / (Foto del Archivo de EGP).

Romero es la primera funcionaria electa LGBTQ que se desempeña como alcaldesa de Montebello, un puesto nombrado por el voto de los miembros del Ayuntamiento. Ella es la fundadora de un grupo de entretenimiento boutique que se enfoca en administración, licencias, publicación y negociación de contratos.

Asistiendo a su primera reunión oficial la semana pasada, Romero le agradeció a Solís por facilitar la cita y “su confianza y fe” en ella.

“Basándome en mi experiencia como presidente reciente de la Asociación de Ciudades Independientes y actual presidente del Consejo de Servicio de San Gabriel Valley de Metro, estoy preparada para trabajar en colaboración y contribuir a mejorar la movilidad regional en el sur de California”.

“También continuaré mi trabajo abogando por las inversiones criticas necesarias para satisfacer la infraestructura de nuestra región y las necesidades de transporte que hacen que nuestras comunidades y sus residentes se muevan y prosperen de manera indispensable”.

Pedestrian Struck by Metrolink Train

April 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

EAST LOS ANGELES  – A pedestrian was struck by a Metrolink train and killed Monday in East Los Angeles.

The pedestrian was struck about 9 p.m. in the area of Whiteside Street and Bonnie Beach Place, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The victim, whose age and gender were not immediately available, was pronounced dead at the scene, a dispatcher said.





Metrolink: No More Hoverboards Aboard Trains

December 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

As of Monday, hoverboards and other self-balancing electronic devices will not be permitted aboard Metrolink trains, officials with the Southern California commuter railroad said Monday.

“This is a proactive step we’ve taken to ensure the safety of our passengers,” Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt told City News Service.

“There have been concerns voiced about these devices catching fire and blowing up, and until there are more studies done, we’re not going to allow them on the trains.”

Coffelt said that Metrolink executives made the decision to bar hoverboards last week following informal discussions. The matter has not been addressed by the agency’s Board of Directors, she said.

According to Coffelt, there have been no reported injury accidents involving hoverboards and other self-levitating products on Metrolink trains or at its 55 stations.

“We just felt it was prudent to take this action now to prevent anything from happening,” she told CNS.

Hoverboards function like skateboards but operate using electromagnets, rotors and other advanced technology.

Coffelt said that if passengers board trains with their boards, Metrolink personnel will ask them to step off. The devices will not be seized, however.

“They may not be able to ride,” the Metrolink spokeswoman said.

“We’ll try to work with them and give them the option of returning to take another train.”

Metrolink Train Engineer Dies

March 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


The engineer of the Metrolink train that struck a truck on the tracks in Oxnard died Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital.

Glenn William Steele, 62, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 3:59 a.m., according to Oxnard police and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The crash occurred around 6 a.m. Feb. 24 near the intersection of Rice Avenue and Fifth Street, just east of the Oxnard station as Metrolink train 102 was en route to Union Station in Los Angeles. Four passenger cars and the rear locomotive derailed.

Twenty-eight people were hospitalized, with Steele and a passenger the most seriously injured.

The driver of a Ford F-450 towing a trailer became stuck on the tracks when he mistakenly turned onto them, according to his attorney.

Ron Bamieh said 54-year-old Jose Alejandro Sanchez Ramirez of Yuma, Arizona, thought he was turning onto Fifth Street, and had then left the vehicle and went for help.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the train was traveling at 64 mph when its crew  saw the pickup, about 1,100 feet in front of them, about 12 seconds before impact. One second later, the train’s throttle was moved to idle.

Analysis of the train’s data recorders showed the brakes were applied eight seconds before impact, 750 feet from the pickup, according to the NTSB. The train was traveling at 56 mph at the point of impact.

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