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Van Nuys is an Amtrak and Metrolink train station in the community of Van Nuys in Los Angeles, California.

Van Nuys, CA
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Van Nuys July 2012.jpg
Location7724 Van Nuys Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91405
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
Platforms1 side platform
Structure typeModern glass-and-concrete building
Parking240 short term and 240 long term parking spaces
Disabled accessYes
ArchitectLPA Architects
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: VNC
Opened18 October 1982 (1982-10-18) (CalTrain)
1992 (1992) (Metrolink)
Rebuilt16 December 1995 (1995-12-16)
Previous namesPanorama City
Passengers (2017)82,417[1]Increase 2.5% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Seattle
Coast Starlight
toward Los Angeles
Pacific Surfliner
Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink
toward East Ventura
Ventura County Line
Van Nuys, CA is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Van Nuys, CA
Van Nuys, CA
Location within the Los Angeles metropolitan area

The station is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, Amtrak's Coast Starlight from Los Angeles Union Station to Seattle, Washington, and Metrolink's Ventura County Line from Los Angeles Union Station to East Ventura. Ten Pacific Surfliner trains serve the station daily and 20 Metrolink trains serve the station each weekday. The Coast Starlight operates a single daily in each direction.

Originally called Panorama City, the station opened with the inauguration of CalTrain in 1982,[2] though this service was extremely short lived. The modern glass-and-concrete Van Nuys station, designed by LPA Architects, opened on December 18, 1995. A joint project of Caltrans and Amtrak, funding was provided by Caltrans with Amtrak providing construction management. Improvements for Metrolink commuters were funded by Caltrans and the city of Los Angeles.[3]

Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Van Nuys was the 29th busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of 202 passengers daily.[4]

The station is located along the proposed East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor light rail line.


Platforms and tracksEdit

Side track  Track to rail yard No passenger service
Bypass track  Freight/Bypass track No passenger service
Main platform  Coast Starlight toward Seattle (Simi Valley)
 Coast Starlight toward Los Angeles (Hollywood Burbank Airport)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Chatsworth)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego-Union Station (Hollywood Burbank Airport)
 Ventura County Line toward East Ventura (Northridge)
 Ventura County Line toward L.A. Union Station (Burbank Airport–South)

There are two tracks at this station (not including the third, side track that leads into the nearby train yard), but only one platform, which means only one of the two tracks can be used. As a result, trains have to stop and wait outside of the station for that platform to be cleared by trains that are already there, which increases travel times and delays.

However, construction of a 2nd north platform has already begun and should be completed by early-mid 2019.

Transit connectionsEdit

  • Line 169 (Saticoy Street/Valley Circle Boulevard/Mulholland Drive): Bus Stop is on Van Nuys Boulevard/Keswick Street. Monday thru Friday service only
  • Line 233 (Van Nuys Boulevard): Bus Stop is on Van Nuys Boulevard at Keswick Street. Daily Service
  • Line 656 (Highland Avenue/Vineland Avenue/Burbank Boulevard/Van Nuys Boulevard Owl Service): Bus stop is on Van Nuys Boulevard at Keswick Street. Daily Nightly Service
  • Line 744 (Van Nuys Boulevard/Reseda Boulevard Rapid Service - Pacioma-UCLA/Westwood). Daily Service on Van Nuys Boulevard only
  • Panorama City/Van Nuys Civic Center Route. (Bus Stop is in the south end of the Parking Lot. Daily Service).


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  2. ^ "IT'S HERE. The start of the line". The Press-Courier. 25 October 1982. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed February 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-11.

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