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Metrolink CEO resigns but remains in company

December 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The chief executive officer of Metrolink is resigning Monday but will continue to work on safety improvements for the agency. David Solow came under intense scrutiny after 25 people were killed in a head-on Metrolink train collision last year in Chatsworth.

Metrolink's governing board held a closed-door session Friday to create a new position for Solow. Metrolink says the board and Solow agreed on the change but wouldn't give any specifics about the meeting.

Eric Haley, the former CEO of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, has been named an interim replacement for Solow while the agency looks for a new chief executive.

Metrolink is also considering another three-percent fare hike and service cuts to deal with a major drop off in ridership. The agency is working to close a multi-million dollar budget gap.