Metrolink will restore service on 24 of the busiest routes in Southern California

Metrolink will offer more trains for its users.

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As part of its biggest restructuring plan since the pandemic began, Metrolink will restore service on 24 of the busiest routes in Southern California.

The project also includes make four Amtrak trains available to all Metrolink ticket holders and will add weekend service on the Ventura County route.

“(We are) elated that we can restore our service to near pre-pandemic levels, so our passengers can get to work, be with friends and family, and have fun, more affordably and without the headaches of traffic and parking lot,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said.

Metrolink considered that the increase in the price of gasoline in California it will also be an incentive for more residents to consider using trains to travel in the south of the state.

“Metrolink is the backbone of public transportation in Southern California, literally connecting people from their homes to their workplaces and beyond, from the Inland Empire to Oceanside to Ventura, throughout the Antelope Valleys. , San Fernando and Perris and towards Los Angeles”, said the president of the board of directors of the transportation company, Ara Najarian, in a statement.

“With high gas prices and excessive traffic congestion, it was important that we bring back more services as people return to the office and travel for pleasure and more,” he added.

In March 2020, Metrolink decreased its schedules by close to 30% due to the close to 90% drop in ridership when the COVID pandemic began and stay-at-home orders went into effect.

Currently, with a greater number of workers returning to work and with the high prices that fuels have reached, the regional passenger transport service registers strong growth in users during the week and on weekends.

In the restructuring of routes that will be held soon are: 91/Perris Valley Linewith two additional trains serving midday to Los Angeles and a reverse morning trip to Riverside County.

Antelope Valley Line– Six additional trains and schedule updates offering greater flexibility for weekday travel.

Orange County linewith two additional trains offering more weekday morning service.

Riverside Line: Four additional trains offering greater flexibility for weekday travel.

San Bernardino Line– Six trains were added, including evening convoys, plus a new Sunday service.

Ventura County Line– Added six Metrolink trains, including weekday morning and evening trains, plus four Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains that will be available to Metrolink ticket holders, including on Saturday and Sunday.

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