March 14, 2011

Metrolink adds express trains

The Metrolink board of directors approved a new express train pilot program on its Antelope Valley and San Bernardino lines to debut on May 9.

"This is great news for our customers and Metrolink," said Board Chairman Richard Katz. "By reducing the number of stops, commuters will save an hour on each round trip. This translates to 5 hours a week and 20 hours a month. That's valuable time they can give back to their family and friends."

The express trains will launch on Monday, May 9. The San Bernardino Line currently has 13 stops, with the express train now only making four. Meanwhile, the Antelope Valley line, which currently has 11 stops, will also make four stops.

If the pilot program is successful, Metrolink will consider continuing the express service.

Metrolink's two busiest lines were chosen for the first express trains. The express trains' stops were chosen based on ridership, available parking at the stations and location on the line.

 

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