Riverside–Downtown station

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Metrolink train at Riverside-Downtown station, December 2013.jpg
A Metrolink train at the station in 2013
Other namesJoseph Tavaglione Riverside Downtown Station
Location4066 Vine Street, Riverside, California
United States
Coordinates33°58′33″N 117°22′12″W / 33.9757°N 117.3699°W / 33.9757; -117.3699Coordinates: 33°58′33″N 117°22′12″W / 33.9757°N 117.3699°W / 33.9757; -117.3699
Owned byRiverside County Transportation Commission
Line(s)BNSF San Bernardino Subdivision
UP Los Angeles Subsidivision[1]
Platforms1 side platform, 2 island platforms
ConnectionsBus transport Riverside Transit Agency
Bus transport Omnitrans
Bus transport SunLine Transit Agency
Bus transportMegabus
Bus transport Flixbus
Bus transport Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Parking710 free spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeRIV
OpenedJune 14, 1993 (1993-06-14)
201712,029[2] (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Fullerton Southwest Chief San Bernardino
toward Chicago
Preceding station Metrolink icon.svg Metrolink Following station
Riverside–La Sierra 91/Perris Valley Line Riverside–Hunter Park/UCR
Jurupa Valley/Pedley Riverside Line Terminus
Riverside–La Sierra
toward Oceanside
Inland Empire–Orange County Line San Bernardino Depot

Riverside–Downtown station (officially the Joseph Tavaglione Riverside Downtown Station) is a train station in Riverside, California, United States. It is served by three Metrolink commuter rail lines – the 91/Perris Valley Line, Riverside Line, and Inland Empire-Orange County Line – and Amtrak intercity rail service on the Southwest Chief The station is owned by the Riverside County Transportation Commission.

Station layout[edit]

The station has two island platforms and one side platform. It is located at the east end of the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) Los Angeles Subdivision at its junction with the BNSF San Bernardino Subdivision. The northern island platform and the side platform serve the UP main track and a stub-end siding; they are used only by Riverside Line trains. The three-track BNSF mainline is between the island platforms; the southern island platform (used by Amtrak, 91/Perris Valley Line, and Inland Empire–Orange County Line trains) serves the southern main track and a siding track.[1]


The ex-AT&SF station in 1981

The current station opened for Metrolink Riverside Line service on June 14, 1993.[3] The original Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depot closed on May 15, 1968, when the Grand Canyon was re-routed via Pasadena to replace the discontinued Chief.[4] Intercity service at the nearby Union Pacific Railroad station lasted until May 1971.[5]

Inland Empire–Orange County Line service began on October 2, 1995;[6] Riverside was the terminus of that line until the following year when the extension to San Bernardino opened.[7] Amtrak's Southwest Chief began stopping at Riverside in April 2002.[8] Metrolink's 91/Perris Valley Line (then the 91 Line), began operating on May 6, 2002.[9] Again, Riverside was the terminus until the Perris Valley Line extension opened in 2016.[10]

In December 2012, the station was renamed after Joseph Tavaglione, a local businessman and chair of the California Transportation Commission.[11][12][13][14] Megabus began providing service from the station to the South Strip Transfer Center in Las Vegas on December 12, 2012.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail Network Schematics" (PDF). California Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ "2017 California Report" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Metrolink holds 2 open houses". The San Bernardino County Sun. June 13, 1993. p. 33. Retrieved August 5, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Leppard, Henry (May 15, 1968). "Last Passenger Train out of City Leaves Tomorrow". Corona Daily Independent. Corona, California. p. 1.
  5. ^ Lamb, David (May 3, 1971). "City of L.A. Pulls In, Ends Chapter of Rails". Los Angeles Times. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ Anderson, Lynn (October 3, 1995). "Metrolink opens Riverside-Irvine line". The San Bernardino County Sun. p. 17. Retrieved July 6, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Anderson, Lynn (February 23, 1996). "Orange County rail line to make debut". The San Bernardino County Sun. p. 9. Retrieved July 6, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ http://www.greatamericanstations.com/Stations/RIV/Station_view
  9. ^ McKibben, Dave (May 7, 2002). "Riverside-L.A. Commute by Rail Cut to 90 Minutes". Los Angeles Times. p. 13. Retrieved August 6, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "TRANSPORTATION: Perris Valley Line rolls out right on schedule". The Press-Enterprise. June 6, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  11. ^ http://issuu.com/rivchamber/docs/grb_2013_01/4
  12. ^ http://www.metrolinktrains.com/pdfs/MetrolinkMatters/MetrolinkMattersFebruary2013.pdf
  13. ^ http://rctc.org/onthemove/201212_onthemove.html
  14. ^ http://mobility21.com/forward-motion-dec-2012/

External links[edit]

Media related to Riverside-Downtown station at Wikimedia Commons