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Glendale Transportation Center

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The Glendale Amtrak/Metrolink Station, often referred to as the Glendale Transportation Center, is an Amtrak and Metrolink rail station in the city of Glendale, California. This station used to be known as Tropico.

Glendale, CA
Glendale Transportation Center
Amtrak and Metrolink commuter rail station
The Glendale Transportation Center building
Location 400 West Cerritos Avenue
Glendale, CA 91204
Owned by City of Glendale
Line(s) Amtrak

Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Connections Greyhound, Glendale Beeline, Metro Local, Metro Rapid
Parking yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code GDL
Opened 1923
Rebuilt 1999
Passengers (2017) 55,032[1]Increase 5.03% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Pacific Surfliner
Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink
toward Lancaster
Antelope Valley Line
toward East Ventura
Ventura County Line
Glendale Southern Pacific Railroad Depot
Glendale Transportation Center Historical Plaque.jpg
Glendale Transportation Center is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Glendale Transportation Center
Glendale Transportation Center is located in California
Glendale Transportation Center
Glendale Transportation Center is located in the US
Glendale Transportation Center
Location Glendale, California, USA
Coordinates 34°07′25″N 118°15′28″W / 34.123565°N 118.257844°W / 34.123565; -118.257844Coordinates: 34°07′25″N 118°15′28″W / 34.123565°N 118.257844°W / 34.123565; -118.257844
Area Transportation architecture
Architect Maurice Couchot & Kenneth MacDonald, Jr.
Architectural style Mission RevivalSpanish Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 97000376
Added to NRHP May 2, 1997



It is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, Amtrak's bus route from Bakersfield to Los Angeles, Metrolink's Ventura County Line from Los Angeles Union Station to Montalvo, and Metrolink's Metrolink Antelope Valley Line. Until April 25, 2005, Amtrak's Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle stopped here as well.[citation needed]

Of the 73 California stations served by Amtrak, Glendale was the 37th-busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 100 passengers daily.[2]


10 Pacific Surfliner trains serve the station daily and 54 Metrolink trains serve the station each weekday and 12 Antelope Valley Line trains serve the station on Saturday and Sunday. There is no Metrolink service on the Ventura County Line on weekends.[citation needed]

Greyhound BusEdit

The station also serves as a stop for Greyhound Lines buses, but only when passengers are ticketed to or from here, because there is no longer an office. The future plan for this stop, concerning tickets, is to have passengers go and buy tickets elsewhere or online. There is no longer a Greyhound ticketing kiosk here.[3]


Originally known as the Glendale Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, it was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architectural styles in 1923. It had replaced the Atwater Tract Office dating from 1883. The city bought the depot from Southern Pacific in 1989 and acquired adjacent properties to create an intermodal center.[4] Restoration of the historic building and the construction of other elements of the intermodal center cost approximately $6 million.[5]

National RegistryEdit

In May 1997, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has recently undergone an extensive renovation.[citation needed]

Platforms and tracksEdit

Northbound  Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Hollywood Burbank Airport)
 Antelope Valley Line toward Lancaster (Downtown Burbank)
 Ventura County Line toward East Ventura (Downtown Burbank)
Southbound  Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego-Union Station (Los Angeles)
 Antelope Valley Line toward L.A. Union Station (Terminus)
 Ventura County Line toward L.A. Union Station (Terminus)
Bypass track  Coast Starlight No stops

Transit ConnectionsEdit


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2010, State of California" (PDF). [Amtrak]. November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Willman, Martha L. (December 12, 1991) "Council Eyes Scaled-Down Transit Center : Transportation: Officials lean toward cutting the cost of railroad depot project by $1 million. The new proposal would reduce parking space for cars and buses." Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed February 7, 2013.

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