It is unfortunate that it took a devastating tragedy to bring to light the serious shortcomings of the commuter rail's mismanagement by Metrolink's Board of Directors. As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I find it hard to believe that there would not be a policy in place that engineers cannot be text messaging while operating the trains. However, based on what I read in a recent Los Angeles Times article not one Metrolink board member rides the rails regularly.
According to the article, only board member Art Brown rides the Metrolink -- just 7 to 10 times a month. Those who do not ride the Metrolink claim to have good reasons. For example, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mike Antonovich has this excuse -- he says he must travel throughout his far-flung district, which covers much of northern Los Angeles County, explaining "If I worked in a stationary workplace and I had a normal schedule, I could take public transportation there and back."