Van Nuys train station

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Van Nuys
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Van Nuys July 2012.jpg
Location 7724 Van Nuys Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91405
United States
Coordinates 34°12′41″N 118°26′54″W / 34.21139°N 118.44833°W / 34.21139; -118.44833Coordinates: 34°12′41″N 118°26′54″W / 34.21139°N 118.44833°W / 34.21139; -118.44833
Owned by State of California
Line(s) LACMTA Metro Rail
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 3
Construction
Structure type Modern glass-and-concrete building
Parking 240 short term and 240 long term parking spaces
Disabled access Yes
Architect LPA Architects
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: VNC
History
Opened 18 October 1982 (1982-10-18) (CalTrain)
1992 (1992) (Metrolink)
Rebuilt 16 December 1995 (1995-12-16)
Previous names Panorama City
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 75,762[1]Increase 2.8% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Seattle
Coast Starlight
toward Los Angeles
Pacific Surfliner
Metrolink
toward East Ventura
Ventura County Line
Location
Van Nuys is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Van Nuys
Van Nuys
Location within the Los Angeles metropolitan area

Van Nuys is an Amtrak and Metrolink train station in the community of Van Nuys in Los Angeles, California.

The station is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, Amtrak's Coast Starlight from Los Angeles Union Station to Seattle, Washington, and Metrolink's Ventura County Line from Los Angeles Union Station to East Ventura. Ten Pacific Surfliner trains serve the station daily and 20 Metrolink trains serve the station each weekday. The Coast Starlight operates one train daily in each direction.

Originally called Panorama City, the station opened with the inauguration of CalTrain in 1982,[2] though this service was extremely short lived. The modern glass-and-concrete Van Nuys station, designed by LPA Architects, opened on December 18, 1995. A joint project of Caltrans and Amtrak, funding was provided by Caltrans with Amtrak providing construction management. Improvements for Metrolink commuters were funded by Caltrans and the city of Los Angeles.[3]

Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Van Nuys was the 29th busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of 202 passengers daily.[4]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Side track  Track to rail yard No passenger service
Bypass track  Freight/Bypass track No passenger service
Main platform  Coast Starlight toward Seattle (Simi Valley)
 Coast Starlight toward Los Angeles (Burbank–Bob Hope Airport)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Chatsworth)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego-Union Station (Burbank–Bob Hope Airport)
 Ventura County Line toward East Ventura (Northridge)
 Ventura County Line toward L.A. Union Station (Burbank–Bob Hope Airport)

There are two tracks at this station (not including the third, side track that leads into the nearby train yard), but only one platform, which means only one of the two tracks can be used. As a result, trains have to stop and wait outside of the station for that platform to be cleared by trains that are already there, which increases travel times.

Transit Connections[edit]

LACMTA
  • Line 169 (Saticoy Street/Valley Circle Boulevard/Mulholland Drive): Bus Stop is on Van Nuys Boulevard/Keswick Street. Monday thru Friday service only
  • Line 233 (Van Nuys Boulevard): Bus Stop is on Van Nuys Boulevard at Keswick Street. Daily Service
  • Line 656 (Highland Avenue/Vineland Avenue/Burbank Boulevard/Van Nuys Boulevard Owl Service): Bus stop is on Van Nuys Boulevard at Keswick Street. Daily Nightly Service
  • Line 744 (Van Nuys Boulevard/Reseda Boulevard Rapid Service - Pacioma-UCLA/Westwood). Daily Service on Van Nuys Boulevard only
LADOT
  • Panorama City/Van Nuys Civic Center Route. (Bus Stop is in the south end of the Parking Lot. Daily Service).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 California Report" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "IT'S HERE. The start of the line.". The Press-Courier. 25 October 1982. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed February 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 

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