San Bernardino Line

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San Bernardino Line
The Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino
Type Commuter rail line
System Metrolink
Status Operating
Locale Greater Los Angeles Area and Inland Empire
Termini Los Angeles Union Station
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot
Stations 14
Daily ridership 12,633 (2012)
Operator(s) Metrolink
Character Elevated and surface-level
Line length 56.5 miles (90.9 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Operating speed 35 mph (56 km/h)[1]
Route map

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:

  1. Union Station, Los Angeles
  2. Cal State L.A., Los Angeles
  3. El Monte, El Monte
  4. Baldwin Park, Baldwin Park
  5. Covina, Covina
  6. Pomona (North), Pomona
  7. Claremont, Claremont
  8. Montclair, Montclair
  9. Upland, Upland
  10. Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Cucamonga
  11. Fontana, Fontana
  12. Rialto, Rialto
  13. Santa Fe Depot, San Bernardino
  14. Downtown San Bernardino/San Bernardino Transit Center, San Bernardino (under construction)

There are also platforms at Fairplex and Auto Club Speedway, but these are used only for special events.[2][3]

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 would continue to the Downtown Riverside Station until July 5, 2014, when weekend service on the 91 Line began.

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 34°03′03″N 117°59′50″W / 34.0507°N 117.9971°W / 34.0507; -117.9971 onto an SP branch. At 34°05′38″N 117°43′49″W / 34.0939°N 117.7303°W / 34.0939; -117.7303 (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.

Redlands extension[edit]

The San Bernardino Associated Governments is currently conducting a Environmental Impact Report to extend the San Bernardino Line southeast from the current eastern terminus at San Bernardino's Santa Fe depot to the University of Redlands.[4] The extension would follow the 9-mile Redlands Subdivision and would comprise two phases:[5]

  • 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,[7] with passenger rail stops at the ESRI Campus and Downtown Redlands, and with its terminus at the University of Redlands main Campus.

The EIR is scheduled to be completed in 2016.


  1. ^ "Metrolink Fact Sheet for June 2012" (PDF). Metrolink. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Metrolink to make special stop at the L.A. County Fair". Metrolink. August 26, 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Special Metrolink service to Auto Club 400 available". Metrolink. March 12, 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "SANBAG: Redlands First Mile and Passenger Rail Project". SANBAG. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
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  7. ^ "Imperfect Rail Solution". The Press-Enterprise. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 4 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 

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