Fullerton Transportation Center

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Amtrak inter-city rail station
Metrolink commuter rail station
Fullerton Station.jpg
Fullerton Train Station, trackside
Location 120 East Santa Fe Avenue
Fullerton, California 92832[1]
United States
Coordinates 33°52′07″N 117°55′20″W / 33.868612°N 117.9223°W / 33.868612; -117.9223Coordinates: 33°52′07″N 117°55′20″W / 33.868612°N 117.9223°W / 33.868612; -117.9223
Owned by BNSF Railway & City of Fullerton
Platforms 2 side platforms & 1 bay platform
Tracks 4
Parking 250 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code FUL (Amtrak)
Opened 1923 (UP)
1930 (AT&SF)
Rebuilt 1993
Passengers (2017) 399,695[2]Increase 3% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Pacific Surfliner
Southwest Chief
toward Chicago
Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink
91/Perris Valley Line
Orange County Line
toward Oceanside
Former services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Desert Wind
Discontinued in 1997
toward Chicago
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
Main Line
Major stations
Surf Line
toward San Diego
Santa Fe Railway Passenger and Freight Depot (Fullerton, California)
Fullerton Transportation Center is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Fullerton Transportation Center
Location 140 East Santa Fe Avenue,
Fullerton, California
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Built 1930
Architect E. J. Herbert
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 91002031[3]
Added to NRHP 5 February 1992
Fullerton Union Pacific Depot
Location 100 East Santa Fe Avenue, Fullerton, California
Area 0.8 acres (0.3 ha)
Built 1923
Built by Union Pacific Railroad
Architect John and Donald Parkinson
Architectural style Mission Revival style/Spanish Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 83003551[3]
Added to NRHP 12 October 1983

The Fullerton Transportation Center[1][4] is a passenger rail and bus station located in Fullerton, Orange County, California, United States.

It is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and Southwest Chief trains, as well as Metrolink's 91 Line and Orange County Line trains. It is also a major bus depot for the Orange County Transportation Authority, and is one of the major transportation hubs of Orange County.[4][better source needed]


The station has two historic depots on site: one built in 1923 by the Union Pacific Railroad,[5] and the other built in 1930 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.[6] Both depots are on the National Register of Historic Places.[5][6]

The 1930 Santa Fe depot serves as an Amtrak ticket office and passenger waiting area and has a cafe. It features Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture, as evidenced by the stuccoed walls, red tile roof, and decorative wrought ironwork.[7]

The Union Pacific Railroad was the third railway to lay tracks through Fullerton and to build a depot.[8] This helped firmly establish Fullerton as the regional rail center for northern Orange County.[citation needed] The 1923 Mission Revival style building was designed by John and Donald Parkinson.[9] Fullerton's redevelopment agency moved the station next to the Santa Fe depot in 1980 to preserve it.[5] Today it is occupied by an Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant.[8]

In the late 1990s, the Fullerton Railway Plaza Association (FRPA) began fundraising and lobbying for the creation of an interactive railroad attraction or museum at the site,[10] while continuing preservation efforts. Starting in 1999 the Amtrak station and the FRPA were hosts for the annual "Fullerton Railroad Days" event at the Santa Fe depot, an event that attracted between 30,000 and 40,000 participants.[citation needed] Due to the city not supporting the FRPA museum,[citation needed] Railroad Days was not held in 2009, and FRPA looked elsewhere, choosing to hold its 2010 event in neighboring Brea.[11] The organization subsequently changed its named to the Southern California Railway Plaza Association (SCRPA).[citation needed]


Numerous trains stop each day at Fullerton, as the station is served by Amtrak's popular Pacific Surfliner service, as well as two Metrolink commuter lines. Amtrak's long-distance Southwest Chief also stops once daily in each direction, but only to discharge westbound or board eastbound passengers. The bay platform is only used for 7 weekday Orange County Line runs that run from Laguna Niguel to Fullerton and 2 runs that run all the way to Oceanside respectively.

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1  Southwest Chief toward Los Angeles (Terminus)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Los Angeles)
 91 Line toward L.A. Union Station (Buena Park)
 Orange County Line toward L.A. Union Station (Buena Park)
2  Bypass/Freight track No passenger service
3  Southwest Chief toward Chicago (Riverside)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego Union Station (Anaheim)
 91 Line toward South Perris (West Corona)
 Orange County Line toward Oceanside (Anaheim)
4  Orange County Line toward Oceanside (Anaheim)


  1. ^ a b "Fullerton, CA (FUL)". amtrak.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 10 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ a b "City of Fullerton: Transportation Center". www.ci.fullerton.ca.us. City of Fullerton. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Union Pacific Depot". www.fullertonheritage.org. Fullerton Heritage. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Santa Fe Depot". www.fullertonheritage.org. Fullerton Heritage. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  7. ^ "Great American Stations: Fullerton, CA (FUL)". greatamericanctations.com. Amtrak. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Fullerton History". trainweb.org. TrainWeb LLC. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  9. ^ Utahrails.net: Union Pacific's Parkinson Depots
  10. ^ "Southern California Railway Plaza Association". www.scrpa.net. Southern California Railway Plaza Association, Inc. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 
  11. ^ ""Railroad Days" event". www.scrpa.net. Southern California Railway Plaza Association, Inc. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. Retrieved 11 Jan 2014. 

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