Metrolink Activity

A diesel-powered Metrolink double-decked commuter train in "pull" mode leaves Union Station in this 2004 view. 

The speed limit for light rail is limited to 25 miles an hour in the immediate vicinity.  A few decades ago it would have been hard for most of us to imagine that this then-underused station complex would one day feature commuter rail radiating in multiple directions to serve a five-county area, and multiple Surfliner Amtrak runs to and San Diego, and Santa Barbara.  And that it would provide access to a subway terminal for trains going below downtown Los Angeles and to the west under Wilshire, and also to the San Fernando Valley.  And also a through station for light rail, one of three lines in the Southland's network of over 60 route miles, and growing.

It is good.

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