Pomona station (California)
Pomona or Downtown Pomona is a train station in Pomona, California, United States, served by Amtrak intercity rail and Metrolink commuter rail. Amtrak serves the Pomona station with thrice-weekly service provided by the Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle combined service; Metrolink's Riverside Line runs a commute schedule to and from Los Angeles on weekdays.
|Location||100 West Commercial Street|
Pomona, CA 91768
|Owned by||City of Pomona|
|Platforms||1 island and 2 side platforms|
|Passengers (2015)||1,812 10.8% (Amtrak)|
The 1940 station was designed by Donald Parkinson in the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles.  Details include stuccoed walls, an arcade and red clay tile roofs. It once served the main Southern Pacific Railroad line from Los Angeles to New Orleans, and the main Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad line. Currently both lines are now Union Pacific Railroad lines.
Metrolink has served Downtown Pomona station since February 5, 2001. In fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2015, an average of 221 passengers boarded Riverside Line Metrolink trains at Downtown Pomona station daily. Metrolink trains board at the south platform, across the pedestrian bridge. Approximately 300 parking spaces are available for Metrolink passengers. Originally a center platform was created for additional Metrolink service facing track 2, but was abandoned around 2006 due to declining ridership.
Amtrak trains board at the North platform facing Track 3, near the station building. There are no Amtrak personnel at the station, but tickets can be picked up from the Metrolink ticket vending machines at the station so long as reservations are made in advance, either on Amtrak's web site, or via telephone.
Amtrak serves the station following a Union Pacific-owned freight route which redirects through El Monte and Baldwin Park to connect to the Monte Vista Rail Corridor, rather than follow the route of the Riverside Line. Of the 77 California stations served by Amtrak, Pomona had the lowest passenger traffic in Fiscal Year 2015, boarding or detraining 1,812, which corresponds to an average of approximately 5 passengers daily due to inconvenient travel times to and from Los Angeles.
Platforms and tracksEdit
|North platforms||■ Sunset Limited||toward Los Angeles (Terminus)|
|■ Sunset Limited||toward New Orleans (Ontario)|
|■ Texas Eagle||toward Los Angeles (Terminus)|
|■ Texas Eagle||toward Chicago (Ontario)|
|South platforms||■ Riverside Line||toward L.A. Union Station (Industry)|
|■ Riverside Line||toward Riverside-Downtown (East Ontario)|
Connecting bus serviceEdit
Foothill Transit uses the station as a transit center for the area, with extensive connections throughout the San Gabriel Valley. The bus depot is located near the main station building, adjacent to the North platform. Foothill operates a transit store and information center in the station building. Lines 195, 197, 286, 291, 292, 480, 482, 852, and 855 provide local bus service, while the Silver Streak provides express service to Downtown Los Angeles. A special bus during the Los Angeles County Fair line 22 is operational on weekends the fair is open.
Omnitrans operates route 61 to the Pomona station. Foothill passes are accepted for one trip on Omnitrans, and Omni passes are accepted for one trip on Foothill at the station.
Both operators provide free rides for passengers holding a valid Metrolink ticket or pass.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2015 State of California" (pdf). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
- Utahrails.net: Union Pacific's Parkinson Depots
- Great American Stations. Accessed February 15, 2013.
- "Downtown Pomona". Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Retrieved June 16, 2010.
- "Metrolink Riverside Line to stop at new Downtown Pomona station". Metrolink News. Southern California Regional Rail Authority. January 31, 2001. Retrieved June 16, 2010.
- "Metrolink Station Boardings (Average Weekday FY15 Q4)" (pdf). Metrolink. 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
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