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Van Nuys is an Amtrak and Metrolink train station in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The station is served by eleven weekday round trips on the Metrolink Ventura County Line, five daily round trips of the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, and one daily round trip of the Amtrak Coast Starlight.

Van Nuys, CA
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Van Nuys July 2012.jpg
Pacific Surfliner train at Van Nuys in 2012
Location7724 Van Nuys Boulevard
Van Nuys, California
United States
Coordinates34°12′41″N 118°26′54″W / 34.21139°N 118.44833°W / 34.21139; -118.44833Coordinates: 34°12′41″N 118°26′54″W / 34.21139°N 118.44833°W / 34.21139; -118.44833
Owned byState of California
Line(s)SCRRA Ventura Subdivision[1]
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks3
ConnectionsBus transport Metro Local: 169, 233, 656
Bus transport Metro Rapid: 744
Bus transport LADOT DASH: Panorama City/Van Nuys
Construction
Parking350 spaces
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectLPA Architects
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: VNC
History
OpenedOctober 18, 1982 (1982-10-18) (CalTrain)
June 26, 1988 (1988-06-26) (Amtrak)
ClosedMarch 1, 1983 (1983-03-01) (CalTrain)
RebuiltDecember 16, 1995 (1995-12-16)
2018-2019
Previous namesPanorama City (CalTrain)
Traffic
Passengers (2017)82,417[2]Increase 2.5% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Simi Valley
toward Seattle
Coast Starlight Hollywood Burbank Airport
Chatsworth Pacific Surfliner Hollywood Burbank Airport
Preceding station Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink Following station
Northridge Ventura County Line Burbank Airport–South
Former services
Preceding station CalTrain Following station
Chatsworth
towards Oxnard
Los Angeles–Oxnard Burbank Airport

The station was served (as Panorama City) by the short-lived CalTrain service in 1982-83. Service was restored with the Amtrak San Diegan in 1988, and Metrolink service began in 1992. A project to convert the station to a two-track island platform is under construction, with completion planned for late 2019. The station will be a stop on the planned East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor light rail line, which will run on Van Nuys Boulevard.

HistoryEdit

 
The 1995-built station structure

Panorama City station opened with the inauguration of CalTrain on October 18, 1982.[3] The short-lived service ended on March 1, 1983.[4] Amtrak service to Van Nuys (the former CalTrain station) began on June 26, 1988, when one San Diegan round trip was extended to Santa Barbara.[5] Metrolink began Ventura County Line service with a stop at Van Nuys on October 26, 1992.[6] A modern glass-and-concrete Van Nuys station building, funded by Caltrans, opened on December 18, 1995.[7]

The station originally had a single side platform serving the southern track of the two-track Ventura Subdivision.[1] (A third track to the north is part of the Union Pacific Railroad Gemco Yard.[1][8] In January 2018, Metrolink began construction of an island platform - which will serve both main tracks - and a pedestrian underpass.[9] Original plans called for a second side platform instead, but the island platform design had fewer impacts.[8] The project is planned to be completed in late 2019.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail NETWORK SCHEMATICS" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 16.
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  3. ^ "IT'S HERE. The start of the line". The Press-Courier. 25 October 1982. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. ^ "State PUC dumps commuter train". Santa Cruz Sentinel. March 13, 1983 – via Newspapers.com.  
  5. ^ Rail Passenger Development Plan: 1990 Through 1995 Fiscal Years. California Department of Transportation - Division of Mass Transportation. 1988. p. 60 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "History of Metrolink". Southern California Regional Rail Authority. 2017.
  7. ^ "Van Nuys, CA (VNC)". Great American Stations. Amtrak.
  8. ^ a b "Van Nuys Station Project" (PDF). Southern California Regional Rail Authority.
  9. ^ "Van Nuys Station Project Update". Metrolink Matters. Southern California Regional Rail Authority. March 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Van Nuys Station". Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Van Nuys station at Wikimedia Commons