San Bernardino Line
|San Bernardino Line|
The Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino
|Type||Commuter rail line|
|Locale||Greater Los Angeles Area and Inland Empire|
|Termini||Los Angeles Union Station
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot
|Daily ridership||12,633 (2012)|
|Character||Elevated and surface-level|
|Line length||56.5 miles (90.9 km)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Operating speed||35 mph (56 km/h)|
The San Bernardino Line is the busiest of Southern California's seven Metrolink lines, running from Downtown Los Angeles east through the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire to San Bernardino. It is one of the three initial lines (along with the Santa Clarita and Ventura Lines) on the original Metrolink system. When the line opened in 1992 service extended only as far as Pomona, but in 1993 the line was extended to San Bernardino. Saturday service was added in 1997 and Sunday service in 1998. The San Bernardino Line serves the following stations:
- Union Station, Los Angeles
- Cal State L.A., Los Angeles
- El Monte, El Monte
- Baldwin Park, Baldwin Park
- Covina, Covina
- San Dimas, San Dimas
- Pomona (North), Pomona
- Claremont, Claremont
- Montclair, Montclair
- Upland, Upland
- Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Cucamonga
- Fontana, Fontana
- Rialto, Rialto
- Santa Fe Depot, San Bernardino
- Downtown San Bernardino/San Bernardino Transit Center, San Bernardino (under construction)
As of July 2011, 21 trains run Los Angeles to San Bernardino on weekdays. It is the first of the seven Metrolink lines to run on both Saturday and Sunday, with 10 trains to San Bernardino on Saturdays and 7 on Sundays. Two Saturday and two Sunday trains continue to the Downtown Riverside Station.
After leaving Union Station and crossing the Los Angeles River the line follows the San Bernardino Freeway and El Monte Busway until just after the Cal State L.A. station; it then runs in the median of the San Bernardino Freeway to the El Monte Station. Starting at El Monte the line parallels the Union Pacific's Sunset Route (Ex-Southern Pacific) for a few miles before turning northeast at Bassett onto an SP branch. At (former SP/PE-SFe crossing) it switches to the Santa Fe; from Claremont to just west of San Bernardino it follows what was the Santa Fe's Pasadena Subdivision (and before that the Second District of the LA Division, the SFe passenger main line). The San Bernardino Line is mostly single track with 6 passing sidings and short sections of double track near Covina, between Pomona and Montclair, and west of Fontana.
Metrolink and Metro are building up the existing San Dimas train station on West Bonita Avenue, where Metrorail's Gold Line Extension (phase 2) is also expected to operate a station; this projected renovation is expected to open by mid-2017.
The San Bernardino Associated Governments wants to extend the San Bernardino Line southeast from the current eastern terminus at San Bernardino's Santa Fe depot to the University of Redlands. The extension would follow the 9-mile Redlands Subdivision and would comprise two phases:
- The "Redlands First Mile" extension would continue Metrolink's San Bernardino Line southeast one mile via double trackage to a new terminus at the planned Intermodal Transit Center (to be built in downtown San Bernardino), where it would connect with the Omnitrans bus system, MARTA and the sbX BRT line. The Redlands First Mile would add one more station to the San Bernardino Line.
- Redlands Passenger Rail will be a 9-mile extension of the San Bernardino Line to Redlands. Service will begin in the mid to late 2010s.
Further expansion proposals include someday extending the line to Las Vegas.
- "Metrolink Fact Sheet for June 2012". Metrolink. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "SANBAG: Redlands First Mile and Passenger Rail Project". SANBAG. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- "Imperfect Rail Solution". The Press-Enterprise. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 4 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
San Dimas Metrolink Station is planned to extend the San Bernardino Metrolink Line.