San Bernardino Line
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|San Bernardino Line|
The Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino
|Locale||Greater Los Angeles Area and Inland Empire|
|Termini||Los Angeles Union Station|
San Bernardino Transit Center (Downtown)
|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 a Metrolink line running between 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.
As of August 2016, 20 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.
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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 along the former route of the Pacific Electric Railway's San Bernardino Line. 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 a Southern Pacific branch. At (a former Southern Pacific/Pacific Electric-Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe 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.
This section needs expansion with: double tracking project. You can help by adding to it. (December 2017)
San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) conducted[when?] an environmental impact report (EIR) to extend Metrolink service southeast from the current eastern terminus in San Bernardino to Redlands. The extension will follow the 9-mile (14 km) Redlands Subdivision and comprises two phases:[verification needed]
- The Downtown San Bernardino Passenger Rail Project extended Metrolink southeast one mile via double trackage to a new terminus at the San Bernardino Transit Center. The project's groundbreaking was in February 2014; at that time, the extension was expected to be completed by mid-2016. As of September 2015[update], the completion date had been extended to 2017. Construction work on the extension continued through March and April 2017. Test trains began running on the tracks in April 2017. This phase of the project opened to the public on December 16, 2017.
- The Redlands Passenger Rail Project is a planned extension to Redlands. As of 2011[update], service was to begin in the mid to late 2010s, with stations at Waterman Avenue next to the Inland Regional Center, the ESRI campus, Downtown Redlands, and the University of Redlands. As of December 2015[update], SANBAG decided that this second phase of the project, from the San Bernardino Transit Center to Redlands, would no longer be a Metrolink extension, but rather an independent system. SANBAG now plans to use diesel multiple units (DMUs) and have Omnitrans operate the system. However, San Bernardino Line express limited-stop trains would run on part of the extension, to a separate station near the Downtown Redlands station, and DMU service may be used on the rest of the San Bernardino Line. Construction is planned to begin in 2017[needs update] with the extension opening in 2021.
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