Trains are the first in a series of measured, strategic service increases focused on meeting the needs of essential workers
Los Angeles CA— As traffic on the freeways serving the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County returns to pre-COVID levels, Metrolink is reinstating two morning trains to serve people who live and/or work in this area. Starting Tuesday, September 8, Ventura County Line trains 101 and 110 will return to Metrolink’s schedule to serve stations connecting Los Angeles to Glendale, Burbank, Northridge, Van Nuys, Chatsworth, Simi Valley and Moorpark.
Westbound train 101 will depart Union Station at 6:51 a.m. and arrive in Moorpark at 8:06 a.m., while the eastbound 110 will depart Moorpark at 8:28 a.m., arriving to Union Station at 9:41 a.m. The eastbound service provides the first morning connection from Los Angeles to Ventura County since the pandemic forced temporary service reductions in March.
“As we restore service, customer needs are a key factor influencing our planning,” said Metrolink Board Chair Brian Humphrey. “A rider brought to our attention there was no service to Ventura County in the morning. I commend our team for being customer-focused and making sure we fulfilled this critical need by offering these additional trains that will serve my home county, as well as the essential businesses of the San Fernando Valley.”
A recent Metrolink customer survey indicated 71 percent of current riders are essential workers employed by the region’s healthcare, transportation and other critical industries. Also, nearly one-third responded they do not have a vehicle and rely on Metrolink service to get to essential jobs. Restoring service along these lines provides a necessary link for the region’s workforce just as studies reveal that traffic is increasing to pre-COVID levels on U.S. Highway 101 and California State Route 118.
“Our service and schedules are all centered around the needs and safety of our customers,” said Stephanie Wiggins, Metrolink CEO. “We are heartened to see our ridership beginning to rebound and will continue to restore service in a measured and strategic fashion based on need, our ability to socially distance and available funding.”
Safety is foundational at Metrolink, so face masks are required aboard Metrolink trains and on station platforms. Metrolink has implemented enhanced deep cleaning protocols including the use of an electrostatic sprayer that mists each train car with hospital grade disinfectants every day, and an expanded Clean Care Crew that cleans, wipes down and disinfects trains throughout the day.
Plus, people can be assured that there’s plenty of space for social distancing by using the online tool How Full is My Train? where riders can check any train’s recent ridership levels. To see all the ways Metrolink is working to keep team members and riders safe, please visit metrolinktrains.com/cleancommute.
For more information on service and schedules please visit metrolinktrains.com/schedules.