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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cajon Pass commuter: Will commuters ever have a rail option?

http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140926/News/140929837

By Steve Hunt, September 26, 2014


 Steve Hunt (File photo, Daily Press)
 Steve Hunt
Steve Hunt
I’ve had several readers ask me if the Victor Valley commuters would ever have access to rail service up and down the hill, so I decided to pose that very question to the folks at Metrolink.
Metrolink, as you may or may not know, was created in 1992 by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, a joint powers authority that was formed the year before that and which governs the agency. SCRRA is made up of the agencies from San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties that were given the job of easing highway congestion and improving mobility throughout Southern California. In our county, San Bernardino Associated Governments is part of the SCRRA.
According to Metrolink’s online fact sheet, the rail line has seven routes, 55 stations and operates 169 trains every weekday. Those trains travel 512 route miles, from San Bernardino, Riverside, Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside into downtown Los Angeles.
The closest stations to the Victor Valley are in San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga, but at the moment there is no Metrolink route from the Victor Valley to either of those stations.
And it may be quite a while before there is.
“There isn’t anything in our immediate plans or short-term plans” to develop a route from the Victor Valley into San Bernardino or Rancho Cucamonga, according to Metrolink’s director of public affairs, Jeff Lustgarten.
“I don’t think it’s a demand issue as much as a funding issue,” he said. “It would take a reasonable amount of funding (to make that a reality).”
Beyond funding, there is also the issue of rail line availability. With container freight traffic booming at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it seems like there are an endless number of trains rumbling up and down the Cajon Pass.
“Freight would certainly be an issue we’d have to work through,” Lustgarten said. “Obviously there’s huge freight volume in that area.”
But it isn’t a case of the Victor Valley being out of sight, out of mind to the Metrolink folks.
“We do recognize that’s an area that’s growing and there’s demand there,” Lustgarten said.
Lustgarten said Metrolink recently expanded its 91 line going to Perris and Norco. And SanBAG is working to expand Metrolink into Redlands.
“We’re open to longer term being able to expand the system further,” Lustgarten said.
Until then, is there a chance Metrolink might partner with say, Victor Valley Transit, to provide commuters with bus service to Metrolink stations in either San Bernardino or Rancho Cucamonga?
“Potentially,” Lustgarten said. “We’re always looking for ways to increase our partnerships. We have 58 different bus operators we partner with in the five counties.”
I know there are many Victor Valley commuters who use Metrolink for part of their commute. I’m sure they would love to be able to hop on a bus for their ride to the station rather than have to drive.
I’ve had several readers ask me if the Victor Valley commuters would ever have access to rail service up and down the hill, so I decided to pose that very question to the folks at Metrolink.
Metrolink, as you may or may not know, was created in 1992 by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, a joint powers authority that was formed the year before that and which governs the agency. SCRRA is made up of the agencies from San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties that were given the job of easing highway congestion and improving mobility throughout Southern California. In our county, San Bernardino Associated Governments is part of the SCRRA.
According to Metrolink’s online fact sheet, the rail line has seven routes, 55 stations and operates 169 trains every weekday. Those trains travel 512 route miles, from San Bernardino, Riverside, Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside into downtown Los Angeles.
The closest stations to the Victor Valley are in San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga, but at the moment there is no Metrolink route from the Victor Valley to either of those stations.
And it may be quite a while before there is.
“There isn’t anything in our immediate plans or short-term plans” to develop a route from the Victor Valley into San Bernardino or Rancho Cucamonga, according to Metrolink’s director of public affairs, Jeff Lustgarten.
“I don’t think it’s a demand issue as much as a funding issue,” he said. “It would take a reasonable amount of funding (to make that a reality).”
Beyond funding, there is also the issue of rail line availability. With container freight traffic booming at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it seems like there are an endless number of trains rumbling up and down the Cajon Pass.
“Freight would certainly be an issue we’d have to work through,” Lustgarten said. “Obviously there’s huge freight volume in that area.”
But it isn’t a case of the Victor Valley being out of sight, out of mind to the Metrolink folks.
“We do recognize that’s an area that’s growing and there’s demand there,” Lustgarten said.
Lustgarten said Metrolink recently expanded its 91 line going to Perris and Norco. And SanBAG is working to expand Metrolink into Redlands.
“We’re open to longer term being able to expand the system further,” Lustgarten said.
Until then, is there a chance Metrolink might partner with say, Victor Valley Transit, to provide commuters with bus service to Metrolink stations in either San Bernardino or Rancho Cucamonga?
“Potentially,” Lustgarten said. “We’re always looking for ways to increase our partnerships. We have 58 different bus operators we partner with in the five counties.”
I know there are many Victor Valley commuters who use Metrolink for part of their commute. I’m sure they would love to be able to hop on a bus for their ride to the station rather than have to drive.
- See more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140926/News/140929837#sthash.qXSbH3oj.dpuf
I’ve had several readers ask me if the Victor Valley commuters would ever have access to rail service up and down the hill, so I decided to pose that very question to the folks at Metrolink.
Metrolink, as you may or may not know, was created in 1992 by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, a joint powers authority that was formed the year before that and which governs the agency. SCRRA is made up of the agencies from San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties that were given the job of easing highway congestion and improving mobility throughout Southern California. In our county, San Bernardino Associated Governments is part of the SCRRA.
According to Metrolink’s online fact sheet, the rail line has seven routes, 55 stations and operates 169 trains every weekday. Those trains travel 512 route miles, from San Bernardino, Riverside, Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside into downtown Los Angeles.
The closest stations to the Victor Valley are in San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga, but at the moment there is no Metrolink route from the Victor Valley to either of those stations.
And it may be quite a while before there is.
“There isn’t anything in our immediate plans or short-term plans” to develop a route from the Victor Valley into San Bernardino or Rancho Cucamonga, according to Metrolink’s director of public affairs, Jeff Lustgarten.
“I don’t think it’s a demand issue as much as a funding issue,” he said. “It would take a reasonable amount of funding (to make that a reality).”
Beyond funding, there is also the issue of rail line availability. With container freight traffic booming at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it seems like there are an endless number of trains rumbling up and down the Cajon Pass.
“Freight would certainly be an issue we’d have to work through,” Lustgarten said. “Obviously there’s huge freight volume in that area.”
But it isn’t a case of the Victor Valley being out of sight, out of mind to the Metrolink folks.
“We do recognize that’s an area that’s growing and there’s demand there,” Lustgarten said.
Lustgarten said Metrolink recently expanded its 91 line going to Perris and Norco. And SanBAG is working to expand Metrolink into Redlands.
“We’re open to longer term being able to expand the system further,” Lustgarten said.
Until then, is there a chance Metrolink might partner with say, Victor Valley Transit, to provide commuters with bus service to Metrolink stations in either San Bernardino or Rancho Cucamonga?
“Potentially,” Lustgarten said. “We’re always looking for ways to increase our partnerships. We have 58 different bus operators we partner with in the five counties.”
I know there are many Victor Valley commuters who use Metrolink for part of their commute. I’m sure they would love to be able to hop on a bus for their ride to the station rather than have to drive.
- See more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20140926/News/140929837#sthash.qXSbH3oj.dpuf