Rail

Calif.'s Metrolink, FTA celebrate commuter rail extension

Posted on December 15, 2015

Metrolink
Metrolink

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Therese McMillan participated in a dedication ceremony for the 91/Perris Valley Metrolink commuter rail extension from Riverside to Perris, Calif. The 24-mile extension of Metrolink service will reduce traffic congestion on Interstate-215 and significantly improve transit options for area residents who have some of the longest commutes in Southern California.

The 91/Perris Valley Line, constructed by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), will serve the communities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris in a regional effort to improve connections for commuters traveling from east and south of downtown Riverside. It includes four new stations along the route at Hunter Park/UC Riverside, Moreno Valley/March Field, Downtown Perris and South Perris.

Metrolink currently serves more than 44,000 riders on weekdays, over three-quarters of whom commuted by car before adopting transit, according to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

“The Federal Transit Administration is proud to help bring expanded Metrolink service to Perris, making it easier and more convenient for commuters to access employment in Los Angeles and activity centers in western Riverside County,” said McMillan. “This extension will make a big difference in the quality of life for residents who want an alternative to sitting in traffic, and it also lays a strong foundation for economic development along the corridor.”

FTA provided $75 million through its Capital Investment Grant Program to RCTC for the Metrolink extension to Perris Valley. FTA funding comprised approximately 30% of the project’s total cost of $248 million. The project also received approximately $63 million in other funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The remaining cost was covered by state and local sources.

Linking Southern California through projects like Metrolink will be critical for accommodating growth to the larger megaregion, which is expected to increase by 15 million new Americans over the 2010 to 2050 period. This growth will anchor the region’s increased role as a global gateway.

The Metrolink 91/Perris Valley Line is expected to open in early 2016. RCTC anticipates approximately 4,300 additional riders will use the service on an average weekday.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Caltrain hosts groundbreaking for electrification project

The project will electrify the Caltrain corridor between San Francisco and San Jose and will equip the corridor with high-performance electric trains.

Lhota unveils New York City subway action plan

The announcement comes fewer than 30 days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared New York City’s subways to be in a state of emergency and directed Chairman Lhota to provide a plan for immediate action that puts customers first.

Canadian infrastructure bank possible financing option for U.S.-Canada high-speed line

The Trudeau government’s soon-to-be-launched, $35-billion infrastructure bank will seek to use public funds as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for major infrastructure projects, such as bridges, transit systems, and rail lines.

Joint venture selected to operate new Hartford commuter rail

TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts has been selected as the service provider that will operate and manage service on the CTrail Hartford Line — the passenger rail service currently under construction.

Keolis, MBTA to improve commuter rail ticket checking

Estimates suggest that up to $24 million in uncollected fare could be recovered through a ticket-checking modernization initiative and other tactics.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close