Riverside Line

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Metrolink's Riverside Line is a commuter rail line running from Los Angeles Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles to Riverside along the Union Pacific Railroad. It runs weekday peak commuter hours only, with very little midday and reverse commute service.[3] In 2011, the average weekday ridership was 5,161 passengers.[4]

Riverside Line
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View from the tracks at the Pomona station
TypeCommuter rail line
LocaleGreater Los Angeles Area and Inland Empire
TerminiLos Angeles Union Station
Daily ridership5,161 (2011)
OpenedJune 1993[1]
CharacterElevated and surface-level
Line length59.1 miles (95.1 km)[citation needed]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed41 miles per hour (66 km/h)[2]
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Los Angeles Union Station
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Jurupa Valley/Pedley

The Riverside Line, the fourth line to be introduced, was added to the Metrolink system in June 1993.[5] This line featured Saturday service from June 2000 until January 2002, when it was cancelled due to low ridership. As of August 2016, the line has six trains each way on weekdays.

As Metrolink trains share tracks with freight trains, delays of up to 90 minutes are not uncommon.[6] In April 2005, morning westbound trains arrived on schedule 90% of the time, while those headed east during the evening arrived on schedule only 72% of the time.[7]

The Riverside Line can be used to get to Ontario International Airport; however, the East Ontario station is 2.7 miles away from the front of the airport.


Station Location Address Connections
Riverside County
Riverside–Downtown Riverside 4066 Vine St, Riverside 92507

  Amtrak: Southwest Chief

Jurupa Valley/Pedley Jurupa Valley 6001 Pedley Rd, Jurupa Valley 92509
San Bernardino County
Ontario–East Ontario 3330 E. Francis St, Ontario 91761
Los Angeles County
Pomona–Downtown Pomona 100 W. Commercial St, Pomona 91768   Amtrak: Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle
Industry City of Industry 600 S. Brea Cyn Rd, Industry 91789
Montebello/Commerce Montebello 2000 Flotilla St, Monebello 90640
LA Union Station Downtown Los Angeles 800 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles 90012

  Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle
  Metro Rail: Red, Purple, and Gold lines


In 2011, the average weekday ridership was 5,161 passengers, with 46 percent male and 54 percent female.[4] Eighty-nine percent of riders used the line for work commutes.[4] The median household income for riders was US$86,028.[4]

Ridership by ethnicity was evenly split:[4]


Several accidents have occurred on the Riverside Line since its inception. On December 30, 1993, around 6:15 pm, a pedestrian was killed in a collision with a Metrolink train near Bon View Avenue and Mission Boulevard (adjacent to Ontario International Airport).[8]

In 1997, a 95-year-old, hearing-impaired man was hit and killed by a train as he crossed the Riverside Line.[9] At 5:33 a.m. on January 30, 2003, a clinically depressed 37-year-old man was killed in a Metrolink train collision at a City of Industry rail crossing. The death was reported to be a suicide.[10][11]

On March 9, 2005, a Union Pacific train crashed near Fullerton Road and Railroad Street, derailing 21 rail cars and disrupting Metrolink service on the Riverside Line.[12] The crash was caused by a broken track.[13]

On December 13, 2006, at 4:40 p.m., a Metrolink train struck a man standing on the tracks near the Pomona Freeway and 7th Avenue, between Metrolink's Montebello/Commerce and Industry stations.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Curtiss, Aaron (27 October 1993). "Rail System Ends 1st Year on Upswing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Metrolink Fact Sheet for June 2012" (PDF). Metrolink. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Metrolink Timetable" (PDF). June 6, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Riverside Line 2011 Demographics Fact Sheet" (PDF). Metrolink. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  5. ^ Trains Magazine – Railroad News, Web Cam, Railroading Video – Metrolink
  6. ^ Morin, Monte (13 January 2003). "As O.C. Balks, Riverside Rail Proposal in Peril". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  7. ^ Weikel, Dan (15 May 2005). "Freight vs. Folks on Lone Rail Line". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Pedestrian Killed by Train Near Ontario Airport". Los Angeles Times. 31 December 1993. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  9. ^ Simon, Richard (26 October 1997). "Girls' Deaths Renew Rail Safety Debate". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  10. ^ "2 Metrolink Deaths Believed to Be Suicides". Los Angeles Times. 31 January 2003. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  11. ^ Becerra, Hector (6 February 2003). "Teen Killed by Metrolink Train". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  12. ^ Thermos, Wendy (9 March 2005). "21 Freight-Train Cars Derail". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  13. ^ Thermos, Wendy (10 March 2005). "Broken Track Blamed in Freight Train Derailment". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  14. ^ Silverstein, Stuart (14 December 2006). "Man killed by Metrolink train". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2012.

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