The U.S. is having a rail travel renaissance, but you probably didn’t notice.
"High-speed rail is still a long way off, but vastly improved conventional rail is right around the corner."
Every four years, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) updates Connect SoCal, Southern California’s Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy for the six-county region—as required by federal and state regulations. The Draft Connect SoCal 2024 plan is now available for public review and comment through Jan. 12, 2024.
Anybody else super excited about the new Antelope Valley train schedule? What, no? Just me?
A ton of evening and weekend (evening there, too!) trains have been added, and the timings have been simplified - trains leave Union Station at :39 after the hour. New schedule goes into effect October 23. https://metrolinktrains.com/scheduleupdate?j=29685212&sfmc_sub=1838944578&l=4718102_HTML&u=472007847&mid=524000233&jb=3011
Free Metrolink passes for students #VenturaCounty #Metrolink #train #rail https://www.kclu.org/2023-10-09/metrolink-commuter-rail-service-now-offering-free-rides-for-students
A much needed update 🙌
Many of Metro's trains are pushing 30 years old!
A few features we noticed...
• Better accessibility. More room for mobility aids (like wheelchairs).
• LCD screens shown throughout the train displaying upcoming stations.
• More accommodation for standing passengers.
Our only real criticism is the apparent lack of bike racks.
These are still renderings, and details could change in the final design.
I'm still surprised to find LA #PublicTransit so usable—though the Metro doesn't go everywhere I'd like it to, the bus coverage seems to really make up for that.
First visit I flew into #LAX and my map app told me to walk along a stroad for 45 minutes to a busstop, so I think I'll stick with Burbank for my domestic travel into LA. You can even use #Metrolink to get to and from #BUR!
Which unusual transit option should I try out the next time I find myself in Los Angeles?
I'm not sold on Microtransit as the best use of scarce Metro dollars.
Who doesn't like the idea of a $1 Uber? I get why the riders who use it like it.
But with Metro paying $43 dollars a ride, and with transit operating dollars so scarce, I just cannot help but wonder.
Only 19% of its users take it to get to transit lines. Should we restrict use to get to/from Metro/Metrolink stations?
#MetroLosAngeles #Metrolink #MicroTransit #LosAngeles #transit #socaltransit
Besides #Montreal's REM opening, last weekend also marked the 30 year opening #anniversary of the #saintlouis #Metrolink. https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/photos-metrolink-enthusiasts-celebrate-30-year-anniversary-with-end-to-end-ride/collection_e3574832-2dbe-11ee-a376-9f013ffa21f6.html#1
A few of our members rode the #metrolink from end to end to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Take a look at this write-up about it: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/transit-enthusiasts-celebrate-metrolink-s-30th-anniversary-by-riding-the-entire-system/article_aec65100-2d58-11ee-a4c6-33bceeba0964.html
Metro Los Angeles' Regional Connector opens in two weeks. It has the potential to be a transformative project, allowing run-through service without needing to transfer downtown. The Link Union Station project has the potential of being similarly transformative for Metrolink, enabling run-through service as we move from the concept of "commuter rail" to "regional rail".
Honestly I couldn't care less if they knocked down the GPO at this stage. Just build it.
Again, @frankmcdonald60 makes loads of sense re: Dublin #Dart + #Tunnel vs. #Metrolink https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/2023/02/16/frank-mcdonald-darttunnel-is-the-missing-link-in-dublins-transport-plans/
Irish Times letter-writers call for MetroLink to be built with sensible connectivity with train and tram services https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/2023/01/10/metrolink-and-city-transportation/ #MetroLink
The Coachella Valley-San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Project continues to move forward. #Metrolink #Amtrak #socaltransit #PalmSprings
Biden-Harris Administration, USDOT Make Available One of the Largest Investments in 50 Years to Expand Intercity Passenger Rail Across America
“This is one of the two most significant investments in the past 50 years to modernize passenger train service across the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Americans deserve excellent passenger rail services....”