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Chatsworth station (also known as Chatsworth Transportation Center) is an intermodal passenger transport station in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Chatsworth, California, United States. It is served by Amtrak intercity rail and Metrolink commuter rail service, Metro Busway bus rapid transit, and several local and express bus operators.

Chatsworth
Chatsworth Station2.jpg
Chatsworth Transportation Center in November 2006
Location10046 Old Depot Plaza Road
Chatsworth, California
United States
Coordinates34°15′10″N 118°35′58″W / 34.25278°N 118.59944°W / 34.25278; -118.59944Coordinates: 34°15′10″N 118°35′58″W / 34.25278°N 118.59944°W / 34.25278; -118.59944
Owned byCity of Los Angeles
Line(s)SCRRA Ventura Subdivision[1]
Platforms2 side platforms (rail)
1 side platform (Orange Line)
Tracks2
ConnectionsMetro Local: 158, 166, 167, 244, 245, 364
Santa Clarita Transit: 791
LADOT Commuter Express: 419
Simi Valley Transit: C
Construction
Parking610 spaces
Bicycle facilities16 rack spaces
16 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: CWT
History
OpenedDecember 29, 1982 (December 29, 1982) (CalTrain)
June 26, 1988 (Amtrak)
October 26, 1992 (Metrolink)
June 30, 2012 (June 30, 2012) (Orange Line)
ClosedMarch 1, 1983 (CalTrain)
1992 (original Amtrak station)
Rebuilt1996
Traffic
Passengers (2017)72,278[2]Increase 1.61% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Simi Valley Pacific Surfliner Van Nuys
Preceding station Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink Following station
Simi Valley Ventura County Line Northridge
Preceding station LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Busway Following station
Terminus Orange Line Nordhoff

Chatsworth is served by five daily Amtrak Pacific Surfliner round trips and eleven weekday Metrolink Ventura County Line round trips; it is also the northern terminus of the Metro Orange Line. The station is served by Metro Local and Simi Valley Transit local buses, plus Santa Clarita Transit and LADOT Commuter Express regional routes.

The Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) opened its first Chatsworth station in 1893; SP service ended in the 1950s. CalTrain service from 1982-83, and Amtrak service beginning in 1988, used a station located 1.2 miles (1.9 km) to the southeast. Metrolink service began in 1992 with a station near the former SP station site; Amtrak service soon moved there. A station building was completed in 1996, and Orange Line service began in 2012.

HistoryEdit

 
Orange Line platform at Chatsworth in 2015

The Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) opened a 17-mile (27 km) branch line from Burbank to Chatsworth in 1893.[3] The SP extended the branch westward in 1904, eventually forming the Coast Line.[3] The 1893-built station was a typical style: a two-story wooden depot with a longer one-story freight house. It was replaced with a similar larger station in 1910, and burned in 1917; the newer station was demolished in 1962.[3]

An infill station opened in Chatsworth on the short-lived CalTrain line on December 29, 1982, only to close when service ended on March 2, 1983.[4][5] On June 26, 1988, Amtrak extended one San Diegan round trip to Santa Barbara, with the ex-CalTrain stop at Chatsworth reused as an intermediate stop.[6] The stop was located just east of DeSoto Avenue, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) southeast of the former SP station site.[3]

On October 26, 1992, Metrolink Ventura County Line service began.[7] The Metrolink station - a bare platform with small shelters - was located near the original station site; Amtrak soon moved its operations to the Metrolink station.[3] The Chatsworth Transportation Center, opened in 1996, was designed to echo the appearance of the 1893-built station. The 220-foot (67 m)-long structure cost $1.7 million.[3] The station originally had only a single side platform on the east (main) track; a second platform on the west (siding) track was later added.[1]

On June 30, 2012, the LACMTA opened a 4-mile (6.4 km) extension of Orange Line bus rapid transit, with Chatsworth as the northern terminus.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail NETWORK SCHEMATICS" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 16.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Chatsworth, CA (CWT)". Great American Stations. Amtrak.
  4. ^ "State Officials Dedicate New Train Station". Oxnard Press-Courier. December 29, 1982. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "State PUC dumps commuter train". Santa Cruz Sentinel. March 13, 1983 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ Rail Passenger Development Plan: 1988 Through 1993 Fiscal Years. California Department of Transportation - Division of Mass Transportation. 1988. p. 45 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "History of Metrolink". Southern California Regional Rail Authority. 2017.
  8. ^ Bloomekatz, Ari (June 27, 2012). "Orange Line busway is Metro's quiet success story". Los Angeles Times.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Chatsworth station at Wikimedia Commons