Ventura County Line

The Metrolink Ventura County Line is a commuter rail line serving Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles, in the Southern California system.[2] The line is the successor of the short lived CalTrain commuter rail line.

Ventura County Line
Chatsworth Station2.jpg
The Metrolink station at Chatsworth
Overview
StatusOperating
LocaleGreater Los Angeles Area and Ventura County
TerminiLos Angeles Union Station
East Ventura
Stations12
Service
TypeCommuter rail line
SystemMetrolink
Operator(s)Metrolink
Daily ridership3,950 (2012)[1]
Technical
Line length70.9 miles (114.1 km) (average length between stations: 6.445 miles)
CharacterElevated and surface-level
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed39.22 mph (63.12 km/h) (average for trains that travel the full line length on Mon-Fri)
Route map

East Ventura
Oxnard
Greyhound Lines Amtrak
Camarillo
Amtrak
Moorpark
Amtrak
Simi Valley
Amtrak
Chatsworth
LAMetroLogo.svg Amtrak
Northridge
Van Nuys
Amtrak
Burbank Airport–South
Hollywood Burbank Airport Amtrak
Downtown Burbank
Glendale
Greyhound Lines Amtrak
Los Angeles Union Station
LAMetroLogo.svg Amtrak

Handicapped/disabled access All stations are accessible

SchedulesEdit

Metrolink trains on the Ventura County Line run weekdays only, mostly during peak commuter hours, and so with limited midday service. From Union StationDowntown Los Angeles (as of July 2011):

East Ventura
  • six trains total at peak hours, in the peak direction only (3 south-AM; 3 north PM) each weekday, running to East Ventura station (in the community of Montalvo) — northern end of line.
Moorpark
  • four trains each weekday run to Moorpark Station (far western Simi Valley) — also station for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner. Trains of the six East Ventura runs also stop here.
Chatsworth
Airport

Other serviceEdit

Service is augmented during midday and on weekends by the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner line, serving most of the Metrolink stations on the Ventura County Line.

Airport

Additional airport shuttle service operates between Union Station and Burbank Airport–South station as the Hollywood Burbank Airport LineBUR. Metrolink numbers Airport Line trains in the 900 series.[3]

TracksEdit

The line operates between Moorpark and Los Angeles Union Station on tracks owned by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – the Ventura Subdivision from Moorpark to Burbank Airport and the Valley Subdivision, the Valley Subdivision from Burbank to Glendale, becoming the River Subdivision into Los Angeles Union Station. It uses the Coast Line of the Union Pacific Railroad between Moorpark and Oxnard and into Ventura where the Santa Paula Branch splits from the rest of the Coast Line. The East Ventura Station and layover facility are on the Santa Paula branch line.[4]

HistoryEdit

Service on this line began in 1992 as one of Metrolink's original three lines, with service from Moorpark to Los Angeles Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. The line was extended to Camarillo and Oxnard in 1994 after the Northridge earthquake, then to East Ventura in 2002.

A trial service on Saturday was tried in 2020 for this normally weekday only line.[5] The Amtrak service does run on the weekends.

AccidentsEdit

2008 Chatsworth train collisionEdit

At 4:23 p.m. on September 12, 2008, 25 people were killed in a collision between Metrolink commuter train 111 and a freight train. At least 130 people were injured, with at least one dying later at a hospital. The crash occurred on the Ventura County Line near Heather Lee Lane, south of the Ronald Reagan Freeway(SR-118) and east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Both locomotives, the leading car of the commuter train, and seven cars of the freight train were derailed.

2015 Oxnard train derailmentEdit

On February 24, 2015, according to Oxnard Police Sergeant Denise Shadinger, a Metrolink commuter train traveling from Ventura County to Los Angeles hit a road vehicle near Oxnard, California; she initially said there was an unspecified number of injuries. The incident was reported at 5:44 A.M. Three cars derailed, at least one vehicle was fully engulfed at some point, and the three derailed cars were on their sides; the locomotive was still upright. Little but scorched, mangled wreckage in an intersection and on the tracks was left of the truck; Oxnard Fire Department battalion chief Sergio Martinez said the driver fled the scene unhurt but was found and taken into custody. News helicopters and footage from ABC affiliate KABC showed footage of triage tarps lying in the 5th Street (SR 34) where on-scene firefighters were treating victims and monitoring the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), in a tweet, acknowledged the incident and stated they were launching an investigation.[6][7][8][9][10][11] The train engineer died a week later and 29 others were injured. A week after the incident, an Amtrak train collided with a vehicle in the same area as the first crash.[12]

StationsEdit

Station Location Address Connections
Ventura County Line
Ventura County
Ventura—East Ventura 6175 Ventura Blvd, Ventura 93003
Oxnard Oxnard 201 E. 4th Street, Oxnard 93030   Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner
Camarillo Camarillo 30 Lewis Rd, Camarillo 93010   Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner
Moorpark Moorpark 300 E. High St, Moorpark 93021   Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner
Simi Valley Simi Valley 5050 E. Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley 93063   Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner
Los Angeles County
Chatsworth Chatsworth 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth 91311   Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner
  Metro:   G Line
Northridge Northridge 8775 Wilbur Ave, Northridge 91324
Van Nuys Van Nuys 7724 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys 91405   Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner
Burbank Airport—South Burbank 3854 W. Empire Ave, Burbank 91505   Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner
  Walkway to Hollywood Burbank Airport
Burbank–Downtown 201 N. Front St, Burbank 91502   Metrolink: Antelope Valley
Glendale Glendale 400 W. Cerritos Ave, Glendale 91204   Metrolink: Antelope Valley
  Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner
LA Union Station Downtown Los Angeles 800 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles 90012   Metrolink: 91/Perris Valley Antelope Valley Orange County Riverside San Bernardino
  Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle
  Metro:   B Line   D Line   J Line   L Line
  FlyAway to LAX

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Metrolink Fact Sheet for June 2012" (PDF). Metrolink. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 22, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Hattem, Matt Van (June 30, 2006). "Metrolink, The commuter railroad serving Los Angeles". Trains Magazine. Retrieved October 10, 2006.
  3. ^ "Train Schedules | Metrolink". Metrolinktrains.com. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  4. ^ SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail Network Schematics" (PDF). California Department of Transportation.
  5. ^ Harris, Mike (January 17, 2020). "Metrolink to add Saturday service on VC line in April in pilot program". Ventura County Star. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Metrolink train hits a vehicle in Oxnard". vcstar.com. The E.W. Scripps Co. February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Alerts, Service Advisories and Planned Advisories | Metrolink". Metrolinktrains.com. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Abandoned truck's driver arrested after commuter train crash". Msn.com. February 25, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  9. ^ Lah, Kyung (February 25, 2015). "Train technology prevented tragedy in California". CNN.com. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "Truck driver who caused California derailment arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "Truck driver arrested after train crash". Usatoday.com. February 25, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  12. ^ Nelson, Laura J. (March 1, 2015). "Amtrak train strikes car in Camarillo; no serious injuries reported". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 2, 2015.

External linksEdit

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