In recent days, some Metrolink passengers interviewed by The Times questioned whether board members who use the line so infrequently can fully appreciate the concerns that daily riders have about operations and safety. Some transit agencies have one or more public positions on their governing boards. In Metrolink's case, not one board member rides the rails regularly. Back in September, Metrolink experienced the deadliest crash in its 16-year history. A train filled with commuters failed to stop at a warning light and collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train. Twenty-five people died and 135 were injured.