L.A. council wants review of contractor linked to Chatsworth Metrolink crash

After hearing from victims of the deadly Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, the Los Angeles City Council vowed Wednesday to look into a $160-million city contract awarded to a transportation company linked to the rail disaster.

The crash killed 25 people, including commuters from Burbank and Glendale.

Council members said they would direct the city's Department of Transportation to review the contract given earlier this month to Veolia Transportation Inc. to operate part of the city’s popular DASH shuttle bus system.

The company is a subsidiary of Veolia Environment, an international conglomerate that owned Connex, a railroad management firm that supplied engineers to the Metrolink commuter service. Connex was a division of Veolia Transportation.

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-- Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times

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