Frank Castellon has been named Chief Safety, Security & Compliance Officer at Metrolink, a commuter rail system operating in Southern California.

Castellon brings more than 17 years of transit and systems safety experience to his new role. In his career, he has overseen and implemented programs that improved safety protocols and hazard recognition processes to achieve a proactive safety culture.

Most recently, Castellon was Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality for Peak Utility Service Group. He was responsible for strategy and compliance of operations management, as well as fulfilment through governance, data analytics, strategic planning and policy development.

Castellon’s previous railroad experience includes the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet) in Portland, as Director, Safety and Security; Phoenix Valley Metro as Manager, Safety and Security; the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as Senior Safety Specialist; and Bombardier Transportation North American as Regional Manager, Systems Safety.

Castellon holds multiple certifications, including from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as a CSP, as well as Federal Transit Administration Transit Safety & Security Practitioner. He has served as a member of American Public Transportation Association (APTA), USDOT Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) & Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) safety and advisory panels as a subject matter expert. His work on an at-grade crossing risk ranking evaluation and technology study for passenger railroad safety and security resulted in grant funding while serving at TriMet.