Metrolink Recovery Services Stopped By Pandemic; Here’s which moves are back

Metrolink is bringing back train service suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic starting Monday as California commuters grapple with record-high prices at the pump.

Drivers regain access to 24 from Metrolink’s most requested trains, in addition to two new trains.

Four Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains will also now be available to all Metrolink ticket holders, adding Saturday and Sunday service on the Ventura County line.

Metrolink had reduced much of its services in early 2020 as ridership fell by 90% as residents settled at home early in the pandemic.

Now that more people are returning to work in person, and gas prices at record high, Metrolink said it looked Significant increase in ridership on weekdays and weekends.

The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California was around $5.85 Monday, below the record high of $5.91 seen last week but still much higher than a year ago when the average was $3.91.

“With soaring gas prices and excessive traffic congestion, it was important that we offer more service now as people return to the office and travel for leisure and more,” Metrolink chief executive Ara Najarian said in a statement.

Which trains are going back?

Major schedule changes include:

  • Orange County Line: Two additional trains offer more service on weekday mornings (trains 682 and 687 have been restored).
  • Antelope Valley line: Six additional trains and timetable updates provide more flexibility for weekday travel (trains 205, 206, 210, 219, 224 and 225 have been restored).
  • shoreline: Added four weekday trains (trains 402, 404, 405 and 411 have been restored).
  • San Bernardino Line: Six additional trains, including later evening trains, plus new Sunday services (trains 308, 329, 337, 338, 339 and 340 have been restored).
  • Ventura County line: Six additional Metrolink trains, including weekday mornings and evenings (trains 106, 123, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148 have been restored). Also, four Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains, now available to all Metrolink ticket holders.
  • 91/Perris Valley line: Added two trains with midday service to LA and a morning return service to Riverside County (trains 702 and 709 have been restored).

A full list of updates can be found here.

“As a Metrolink rider, I’m excited to see my two favorite Ventura County Line trains returning to service, giving me more flexibility to get to and from work,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said in a statement. “And I know from talking to other Metrolink drivers that they too are looking forward to the flexibility our new schedule will bring to their lives.”

Metrolink officials reassured residents that trains are cleaned several times a day, using an electrostatic sprayer to mist hospital-grade disinfectant throughout all trains.

Face coverings are still required by law for all public transport, including Metrolink stations, platforms and trains.

Metrolink ticket prices range from $0.50 to $26.50 depending on the distance traveled. The average fare for a one-way trip is $6.60.

Discounts are available for children, students, seniors, people with disabilities and active military personnel. More information about tickets can be found here here.

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Dais Johnston

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