Ventura County Line

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     Ventura County Line
Chatsworth Station2.jpg
The Metrolink station at Chatsworth
Overview
Type Commuter rail line
System Metrolink
Status Operating
Locale Greater Los Angeles Area and Ventura County
Termini Los Angeles Union Station
East Ventura
Stations 12
Daily ridership 3,950 (2012)[1]
Operation
Operator(s) Metrolink
Character Elevated and surface-level
Technical
Line length 70.9 miles (114.1 km) (average length between stations: 6.445 miles)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed 39.22 mph (63.12 km/h) (average for trains that travel the full line length on Mon-Fri)
Route map

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]

Schedules[edit]

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 7-2011):

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
  • six trains each weekday run to Burbank-Bob Hope Airport (900 numbered series).

Other service[edit]

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 Bob Hope Airport station as the Burbank-Bob Hope Airport LineBUR. Metrolink numbers Airport Line trains in the 900 series.[3]

Tracks[edit]

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.

History[edit]

See also: CalTrain

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.

Accidents[edit]

2008 Chatsworth train collision[edit]

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.

2015 Oxnard train derailment[edit]

On 24 February 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 CNN 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.[4][5][6][7][8][9] The train engineer died a week later and 29 others were injured.

2015 Amtrak collision[edit]

On Sunday, March 1, 2015 around 8 p.m. an Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles struck a passenger car on the tracks at a grade crossing adjacent to the intersection of 5th Street and Pleasant Valley Road. Two people were in the car and were able to move out of the train's path before the collision. No one on board the train or in the car was seriously injured.[10] The collision occurred between the same two stations as the Oxnard Metrolink derailment less than 6 days earlier; less than a mile from the Camarillo Metrolink station.

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