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Commuter rail line which serves Ventura County refurbishing some passenger train cars

New seats, new flooring and better lighting are among the improvements being made to some of Metrolink's passenger cars.

Metrolink's plans call for modernizing of 50 passenger rail cars, with better seating, improved lighting and flooring, as well as power ports at each seat.

Thousands of commuters on the South Coast will soon be getting a much more pleasant ride.

Metrolink is refurbishing 50 of its passenger train cars. The commuter rail service which serves Ventura, and four other Southern California counties has more than 120 rail cars, some of which are now 30 years old.

The enhancements include vinyl seating, and non-carpeted flooring, which is easier to clean. There will be electronic charging ports at each seat, and improved lighting.

The first of the refurbished cars is back in service. The goal is to have 17 completed by the end of the year, and 50 ready for use by early 2024.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.