San Bernardino Line
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The San Bernardino Line is a Metrolink line running between Downtown Los Angeles east through the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire to San Bernardino (soon to be Redlands). It is one of the three initial lines (along with the Santa Clarita and Ventura Lines) on the original Metrolink system.
|San Bernardino Line|
The Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino
|Locale||Greater Los Angeles Area and Inland Empire|
|Termini||Los Angeles Union Station|
San Bernardino Transit Center (Downtown)
|Daily ridership||12,633 (2012)|
|Line length||56.5 miles (90.9 km)|
|Character||Elevated and surface-level|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Operating speed||79 mph (127 km/h)|
As of August 2016, 20 trains run Los Angeles to San Bernardino (soon to be Redlands) on weekdays. It is the first of the seven Metrolink lines to run on both Saturday and Sunday, with 10 trains to San Bernardino on Saturdays and 7 on Sundays. Two Saturday and two Sunday trains would continue to the downtown Riverside station until July 5, 2014, when weekend service on the 91 Line began.
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After leaving Union Station and crossing the Los Angeles River, the line follows the San Bernardino Freeway and El Monte Busway until just after the Cal State L.A. station; it then runs in the median of the San Bernardino Freeway to the El Monte Station along the former route of the Pacific Electric Railway's San Bernardino Line. Starting at El Monte, the line parallels the Union Pacific's Sunset Route (ex-Southern Pacific) for a few miles before turning northeast at Bassett onto a Southern Pacific branch. At (a former Southern Pacific/Pacific Electric-Santa Fe crossing), it switches to the Santa Fe; from Claremont to just west of San Bernardino it follows what was the Santa Fe's Pasadena Subdivision (and before that the Second District of the LA Division, the Santa Fe passenger main line). The San Bernardino Line is mostly single track with 6 passing sidings and short sections of double track near Covina, between Pomona and Montclair, and west of Fontana.
When the line opened in 1992 service extended only as far as Pomona, but in 1993 the line was extended to San Bernardino. Saturday service was added in 1997 and Sunday service in 1998.
San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) completed an environmental impact report (EIR) in 2015 to extend Metrolink service southeast from the current eastern terminus in San Bernardino to Redlands. The extension will follow the 9-mile (14 km) Redlands Subdivision and comprises two projects.
The Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project extended Metrolink southeast one mile via double trackage to a new terminus at the San Bernardino Transit Center. The project's groundbreaking was in February 2014; at that time, the extension was expected to be completed by mid-2016. As of September 2015[update], the completion date had been extended to 2017. Construction work on the extension continued through March and April 2017. Test trains began running on the tracks in April 2017. This phase of the project opened to the public on December 16, 2017.
Arrow is a planned rail extension to Redlands. By December 2015, SANBAG decided that this second phase of the project, from the San Bernardino Transit Center to Redlands, would no longer be a Metrolink extension, but rather an independent system. SANBAG planned to use diesel multiple units (DMUs) and have Omnitrans operate the system. However, San Bernardino Line express limited-stop trains would run on part of the extension, to a new station near the Downtown Redlands station. Construction was planned to begin in 2017 with the extension opening in 2021,, however groundbreaking took place in July 2019 with a 2022 opening. The selected route runs between the Downtown San Bernardino station and the University of Redlands with stops at Tippecanoe Avenue, Esri, and Downtown Redlands, adjacent to the Redlands Santa Fe Depot. Omnitrans was removed as the system's operator in 2019 amid mounting deficits, and Metrolink took over construction and procurement. Arrow's DMU sets have been studied for wider deployment on the rest of the San Bernardino Line.
|San Bernardino Line|
|San Bernardino County|
|Redlands-Downtown (planned)||Redlands||Stuart Avenue, Redlands 92373|
|San Bernardino–Downtown||San Bernardino||599 W. Rialto Ave, San Bernardino 92401||Metrolink: Inland Empire–Orange County|
|San Bernardino Depot||1170 W. 3rd Street, San Bernardino 92410|| Metrolink: Inland Empire–Orange County |
Amtrak: Southwest Chief
|Rialto||Rialto||261 S. Palm Ave, Rialto 92376|
|Fontana||Fontana||16777 Orange Way, Fontana 92335|
|Auto Club Speedway (race days only)||9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana 92335|
|Rancho Cucamonga||Rancho Cucamonga||11208 Azusa Ct, Rancho Cucamonga 91730|
|Upland||Upland||300 E. A Street, Upland 91786|
|Montclair||Montclair||5091 Richton St, Montclair 91763|
|Los Angeles County|
|Claremont||Claremont||200 W. 1st Street, Claremont 91711|
|Pomona—North||Pomona||205 Santa Fe St, Pomona 91767|
|Fairplex (fair days only)||1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona 91768|
|Covina||Covina||600 N. Citrus Ave, Covina 91723|
|Baldwin Park||Baldwin Park||3825 Downing Ave, Baldwin Park 91706|
|El Monte||El Monte||10925 Railroad St, El Monte 91731|
|Cal State LA||University Hills||5150 State University Dr, Los Angeles 90032||Metro: J Line|
|LA Union Station||Downtown Los Angeles||800 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles 90012|| Metrolink: 91/Perris Valley Antelope Valley Orange County Riverside Ventura County |
Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle
Metro: B Line D Line J Line L Line
FlyAway to LAX
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