Posts Tagged ‘Metrolink’

Stairway Project to Affect Fullerton Station

May 21, 2021

A stairway replacement project at the Amtrak station in Fullerton, California, will result in passengers having to use an elevator to cross the tracks for the next several months.

The project, which is being undertaken by the Orange County Transportation Authority, in coordination with Metrolink, involves replacement of the stairs to the pedestrian walkway over the tracks at the Fullerton Transportation Center.

Work was expected to begin with the staircase on the platform north of the tracks, then move to the south.

Elevators will be operational between 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily. The project is expected to be completed by late 2021.

ExpressWest Reaches MOU With Metrolink, Calif. Agency to Study Expansion of Las Vegas Service

September 2, 2020

A memorandum of understanding has been reached between developers of the Brightline/XpressWest project and the boards of Metrolink and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority on a study of a high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles region.

XpressWest has proposed using an existing Metrolink route for 50 miles from a western terminus at Victorville, California.

Use of Metrolink tracks would create service from Las Vegas to the Los Angeles suburbs of Rancho Cucamonga and Palmdale.

“This is a forward-looking partnership that will allow us to explore the possibility to enhance the rider experience and attract new riders,” said Metrolink Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins.

The SBCTA’s board last July approved an MOU with Brightline/XpressWest to expand the high-speed rail service to Apple Valley, using the right of way through the Cajon Pass along Interstate 15 and eventually connecting with the Metrolink station in Rancho Cucamonga.

SBCTA and XpressWest are expected to collaborate on design and right-of-way issues, SBCTA officials said in a news release.

“The MOU allows us to work with XpressWest in looking outside the box in considering the possibility of a privately built and managed rail system through the Cajon Pass between Apple Valley and Rancho Cucamonga,” said SBCTA Executive Director Ray Wolfe.

Draft Environmental Report Issued for Proposed Segment of California High-Speed Network

May 29, 2020

A draft environmental impact report was to be released this week by the California High-Speed Rail Authority regarding a 14-mile high-speed section between Burbank and Los Angeles.

The report evaluates the effects and benefits of CHSRA’s plan to realign existing rail tracks in the corridor to allow for two additional tracks.

The added tracks would be electrified for high-speed rail and could be shared with Amtrak and Los Angeles commuter railroad Metrolink.

The project section would connect Burbank Airport Station and Los Angeles Union Station.

CHSRA will host an online community open house and hearing for the public to submit oral and written comments.

The draft will be available for review from May 29 through July 16.

A final environmental report is expected to be issued in 2021.

In a unrelated development, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Gov. Gavin Newsom will remove 88 positions for private-sector consultants from the state’s high speed project.

Instead, the state will create 70 new jobs for public employees.

The change is designed to address criticism that there are too many consultants with insufficient oversight overseeing the project.

A 2018 audit found the project relied on high-priced consultants “for whom the state’s best interests may not be the highest priority.”

 

Pacific Surfliners Are All-Reserved for Thanksgiving Travel

November 17, 2019

In a service advisory, Amtrak said during this period a ticket will only be valid on the train for which you are holding a reservation.

Amtrak said it is adding cars to select trains to provide more seating during the period.

Both Rail2Rail programs (Coaster and Metrolink) will observe a blackout period for the same dates of Nov. 27 through Dec. 2.

Reservations are not required for monthly and 10-ride ticket holders.

Rail2Rail Suspended for Weekend in California

May 25, 2019

Expected heavy ridership has prompted Amtrak to suspend for the Memorial Day weekend its Rail2Rail program on its Pacific Surfliner route.

The suspension will last between May 24 and 28 with the program resuming on May 29.

In a service advisory Amtrak said it will not accept Coaster and Metrolink tickets on any Pacific Surfliner trains.

New Siding to Cut Pacific Surfliner Delays

March 30, 2019

Construction of a passing siding is expected to reduce delays for Amtrak trains on Los Angles-San Diego route.

The $34 million project is being overseen by the Orange County Transportation Authority and involves a 1.8-mile siding from the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink station to San Juan Capistrano.

The route is used by 60 Metrolink and Amtrak trains and will eliminate a practice whereby one train has to stop and wait for an opposing train near the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station.

A study conducted by OCTA found that southbound trains sometimes must wait up to five minutes for northbound train to clear.

Construction is expected to be completed by early 2021.

The work is not expected to significantly affect rail travel although officials said there may be intermittent service disruptions on weekends.

Most of the cost of the project is being provided by state and federal funding.

Once the project is completed, the Los Angeles-San Diego corridor will still have single track between San Juan Capistrano and the San Diego County line.

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

February 15, 2019

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliners will be disrupted by track work on weekends between March 1 and 10.

The track work is being conducted by the North County Transit District.

On March 1 and 8 Train 590 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Bus service will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego, making stops at Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and San Diego Downtown.

No alternate transportation will be provided to Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.

On March 2, 3, 9 and 10 Trains 562, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573 and 1590 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles and no alternate transportation will be provided between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Southbound Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles and bus service will be provided for all missed stops.

Trains 580, 768, 774, 792, 1564 and 1584 will operate normally to Irvine, where bus service will be provided from Irvine to San Diego.

Express buses will run from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and downtown San Diego only.

Trains 591, 595, 763, 777, 785, 1579, 1761 and 1767 will originate in Irvine with bus service provided from San Diego to Irvine to connect with the trains listed above, with the exception of Train 1761.

Buses will depart downtown San Diego, Solana Beach, Oceanside and San Juan Capistrano earlier than the train schedule to allow time to connect with trains in Irvine.

Buses will not pick up at Old Town San Diego. Passengers can take the trolley to downtown San Diego to board buses to Irvine.

Bus also service will not be provided to connect with Train 1761.

Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between Irvine and Los Angeles.

There will be no checked baggage or express service south of Santa Ana on the dates shown above. Alternate bus service will not serve San Clemente Pier.

New Las Vegas Rail Service Plan Surfaces

November 26, 2018

A private company has revived an earlier idea to offer intercity rail passenger service between Southern California and Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Railway Express said it plans to acquire and rebuild Bombardier commuter rail passenger cars that it will operate between Las Vegas and San Bernardino, California, on Union Pacific and BNSF tracks.

The company had in 2013 proposed a similar service known as X Train.

The latest idea could get underway next year, the company said.

The route has been without intercity rail service since May 1997 when Amtrak discontinued is Desert Wind, which carried through cars between Chicago and Los Angeles.

The cars were conveyed between Chicago and Salt Lake City on the California Zephyr.

Michael Barron, who is leading Las Vegas Railway Express, told Trains magazine that he has yet to reach agreements with the Class 1 railroads involved as well as the Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel and Casino where Amtrak once had a station.

If the service materializes, Barron expects to operate a weekly round trip that would leave San Bernardino around noon on Friday and return late Sunday afternoon.

Connections are expected to be available in San Bernardino with Metrolink commuter trains.

Barron told Trains that Metrolink has 56 stations and 12 million existing riders and is looking for opportunities to promote weekend traffic.

The 226-mile trip to Las Vegas is expected to take 4½ hours even though UP and Amtrak passenger trains didn’t cover that distance in less than five hours.

Pacific Surfliner Disruptions set for April 20-22

April 12, 2018

Amtrak has announced that track work being performed by the North County Transit District will affect Pacific Surfliner service on April 20-22.

On April 20, Train 590 will be cancelled and bus service will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego.

The buses will stop at Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town and San Diego, but will skip stations at Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley.

On April 21 and 22, trains 562, 565, 572, 573, 583, 1566, 1567 and 1588 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will operate normally to Los Angeles, but no alternate transportation will be offered between Los Angeles and San Diego. Passengers are directed to make reservations aboard other Pacific Surfliner trains.

Train 796 will operate normally to Los Angeles with bus service being provided for all missed stops, except Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley.

Trains 564, 580, 584, 768, 774 and 792 will operate normally to Irvine, where bus service will be provided from Irvine to San Diego. Express buses will run from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and downtown San Diego only.

Trains 579, 591, 595, 763, 769, 777, 785 and 1761 will originate in Irvine with bus service being provided from San Diego to Irvine to connect with the trains listed above, with the exception of Train 1761.

Buses will depart downtown San Diego, Solana Beach, Oceanside and San Juan Capistrano earlier than the train schedule to allow time to connect with trains in Irvine.

Buses will not pick up at Old Town San Diego and bus service will not be provided to connect with Train 1761.

Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between San Juan Capistrano and Los Angeles.