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Metrolink CEO John Fenton resigns after two years leading the rail agency

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2012, at 03:35PM

John Fenton resigned after two years of leading Metrolink.

Metrolink CEO John Fenton made an official statement of resignation on Tuesday, announcing he'd be leaving the commuter rail agency that he's lead for two years.

“John’s impact on Metrolink and our customers will be felt for many years to come and we thank him for his vision, dedication to safety and leadership,” said Richard Katz, chairman of Metrolink’s Board of Directors, in a statement.

Fenton will be taking a new CEO position at Patriot Rail Corp. in Florida so that he may move closer to his family as well as fulfill his professional goals.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, due to the satisfaction of serving the people in Southern California," Fenton said. "I am proud of the tremendous accomplishments the team at Metrolink has made in the past two years. The opportunity to operate a railroad holding company is a lifelong personal goal for me and, more importantly, it allows me to move closer to my aging parents, and my children and grandchildren.”

Fenton has been praised for his contributions to increases in rail safety, ridership growth and overall improvement of Metrolink's image.

KPCC reports that he has also been recognized for his support of initiatives such as automatic braking and Positive Train Control, a GPS-based system which would give operators the ability to remotely stop trains.

Metrolink is partly funded by Metro and operates throughout six counties in Southern California.

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