- Associated Press - Friday, March 13, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California’s commuter train network has a new CEO.

The board of directors of Metrolink unanimously agreed Friday to appoint Art Leahy to lead the system, which has 512 miles of routes that run through six counties.

Leahy is a veteran of two of Southern California’s other public transit agencies. For the past six years, Leahy has been in charge of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Before that, he led the Orange County Transportation Authority.

Metrolink, which is formally known as the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, has invested heavily in train safety following several serious accidents in recent years. Last month, one of its trains hit a truck that was abandoned on the tracks in Ventura County, about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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