Ventura County Line
|Ventura County Line|
The Metrolink station at Chatsworth
|Type||Commuter rail line|
|Locale||Greater Los Angeles Area and Ventura County|
|Termini||Los Angeles Union Station
|Daily ridership||3,950 (2012)|
|Character||Elevated and surface-level|
|Line length||70.9 miles (114.1 km) (average length between stations: 6.445 miles)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Operating speed||39.22 mph (63.12 km/h) (average for trains that travel the full line length on Mon-Fri)|
- 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.
- 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.
- three trains each weekday run to Chatsworth Station (western SFValley) — major transit hub, with the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, the Metro Orange Line (6-2012) and Metro Local valley bus lines, the LADOT Commuter Express service; and buses from Santa Clarita Transit, and Simi Valley Transit. Trains of the six East Ventura and four Moorpark runs also stop here.
- six trains each weekday run to Burbank-Bob Hope Airport (900 numbered series).
Additional airport shuttle service operates between Union Station and Bob Hope Airport station as the Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Line—BUR. Metrolink numbers Airport Line trains in the 900 series.
Metrolink owns the tracks between Moorpark and Los Angeles Union Station. It uses the Coast Line of the Union Pacific Railroad between Moorpark and Oxnard 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.
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.
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 (118) Freeway and east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Both locomotives, the leading car of the commuter train, and seven cars of the freight train were derailed.
- "Metrolink Fact Sheet for June 2012". Metrolink. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- Hattem, Matt Van (June 30, 2006). "Metrolink, The commuter railroad serving Los Angeles". Trains Magazine. Retrieved 2006-10-10.
- Belmond, Sylvie (March 10, 2006). "Commuters praise trains, grade crossings improved". Simi Valley Acorn. Retrieved 2006-10-10.
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