Running Transit Like A Business

Southern California's Metrolink has a new CEO, and he's implementing smart cost-cutting right off the bat, like policies that get drivers to stop idling their buses.

The "no-idling" policy is saving almost 50,000 gallons of gas a week, or roughly $3 to $4 million a year.

Zach Behrens writes, "Metrolink's new CEO, John Fenton, is not a politician. He's a businessman to the core. And one with standards: efficiency, safety, the environment and serving people. Sure, he has vision for the commuter rail line, such as extending night service so people can use the train after Dodgers and Angeles games, but he also has a firm grasp of the economic reality behind those fun ideas -- every government agency is clamping down on spending."

Full Story: Metrolink's New CEO Wants to Make Commuter Rail an Experience that will 'Wow' You

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