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Valley should have passenger train rep

July 24, 2012

With the removal of Ara Najarian from the Metrolink Board, Burbank, Glendale and the San Fernando Valley now have: eight Metrolink stations, four Amtrak stations and zero representatives on the controlling boards.

The new Metrolink board member for Los Angeles County has no Metrolink station in his district.

The Los Angeles County Board member for LOSSAN, the mayor of Lakewood, has no Amtrak station in her city.

This is unacceptable. With over a million people and minimal transit services available, the San Fernando Valley needs and deserves representation on the boards of the passenger rail authorities that provide what little service we have.

Paul Dyson
Burbank

Editor's note: The writer is president, Rail Passenger Association of California and Nevada and chairman of the city of Burbank Transportation Commission

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