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Coachella Valley Trains


Train Station Concepts (Los Angeles-Indio Corridor)
Intercity Train Service between Los Angeles and Indio

An extended rail system from Los Angeles Union Station into the Coachella Valley will be an integral part of the solution to regional traffic congestion and long travel trips. Note that all non-agency maps and ideas are conceptual and specific station locations are subject to feasibility studies. Your feedback is always welcome. All transit routes, transit oriented development opportunities, and specific locations of transit stations are subject to impartial feasibility studies and analysis prior to endorsement by the Transit Coalition.

Los Angeles Union Station

Downtown Los Angeles is a vibrant urban city center full of high paying jobs, tourist attractions, dining, and urban life. From Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS), passengers can transfer to one of several rail and bus lines to reach additional LA destinations like LA Live, Hollywood, Pasadena, and West LA.

LAUS is planned to be a major hub for California High Speed Rail. Upon completion, high speed rail passengers will be able to get from LAUS to San Francisco Transbay Terminal in just over 2 1/2 hours.



Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Station

The Norwalk/Sante Fe Springs Metrolink Station is in the city of Norwalk, California. It is served by Metrolink's 91 Line from Los Angeles Union Station to Riverside and Metrolink's Orange County Line running from Los Angeles Union Station to Oceanside.


Buena Park Station

The Buena Park station is located at 8400 Lakeknoll Drive, near the corner of Dale Street and Malvern Avenue. Construction started in January 2006 and officially opened on September, 2007. The station is at the center of transit-oriented development including townhomes and a housing complex.


Fullerton Transportation Center

The Fullerton Transportation Center is a multi modal transit hub, served by Amtrak and Metrolink trains and serves as a major bus depot for Orange County Transportation Authority buses.

The station features two historic depots: A Union Pacific Railroad depot and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depot. The Santa Fe depot is used as an Amtrak ticket office, passenger waiting area and cafe while the UPRR building is used by the private sector. The station is also at the center of transit-oriented development including townhomes, retail, and jobs.


Placentia Station - Proposed

SCAG Compass Blueprint provided the City of Placentia with urban design concepts and strategies for a proposed Metrolink station to be located in the Placita Santa Fe district. The concepts and strategies address the long-range needs for parking, pedestrian circulations, multi-modal transit access, commercial intensification, and public gathering areas in the station area.


West Corona Station - Conceptual Upgrades+:

The West Corona Station is located at 155 S. Auto Center Drive in Corona and serves as the western terminus of the Riverside Transit Agency Route 1 bus. This station is owned by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC).

Transit oriented development and a network of pedestrian pathways would transform this automobile-oriented office park into a rich village with walkable access to several employment centers from the station and more activity at nights and weekends.


North Main Corona Multi Modal Transit Center - Conceptual Upgrades+:

The North Main Corona Station currently serves primarily as an origin for riders heading to Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange counties.

This multi modal transit center presents opportunities for smart growth development in the surrounding influence areas. RCTC built and opened a new 1,065 space six story parking structure for free public use which opened on July 20, 2009. The Riverside Transit Agency is also working on establishing a centralized bus station adjacent to the train platform.


La Sierra Station

The Riverside-La Sierra Metrolink Station is located at 10901 Indiana Avenue and was developed in 1995 with the advent of the Metrolink Inland Empire-Orange County (IEOC) Line.

Plans are underway for transit-oriented development.


Riverside Downtown Multi Modal Transit Center

This downtown station opened its doors on June 14, 1993, returning rail service to Riverside following the closure of the Santa Fe depot in 1984. The original Santa Fe depot, built in 1927, still stands a few blocks north of the current station and is used by the private sector.

The station will be the center of transit-oriented development including townhomes, retail, and walkable access into the downtown core.



Grand Terrace/Highgrove Station - Concepts+

Grand Terrace is located in San Bernardino County, near the Riverside County Line. The city is located between the cities of Riverside and San Bernardino along the I-215 corridor.

This station would provide the seeds for a mixed-use transit village and a centralized gathering location for area residents and workers. The Highgrove Happenings Newspaper has been pro active in establishing a station in this area.

RCTC concluded that a proposed station in Highgrove near the Perris Valley Line spur is not feasible; however, TTC is working with the community to explore other station locations and transportation alternatives.



San Bernardino Train Depot

The historic San Bernardino station serves as the primary terminus for the Metrolink San Bernardino Line trains and some Inland Empire-Orange County Line trains. San Bernardino serves as the county seat of San Bernardino County.



Loma Linda University Station

With small, but promising beginnings in 1905 with a Sanitarium on the hill, the present 11-story Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) opened on July 9, 1967 and remains one of the most active medical centers in the Inland Empire. Together with its health-sciences institution and the VA Medical Center next door, this region is very active with medical jobs and students. The university is working with transportation officials to bring an Amtrak train station for this location.



Beaumont/Banning Multi Modal Transit Center - Concepts+

The Beaumont transit center would serve train riders, local RTA and Pass Transit bus riders, and park-and-ride patrons. Ridership would be captured from Beaumont and Calimesa.



East Banning Station - Concepts+

Located within walking distance of its central downtown district, the Banning Station would help bring about smart growth redevelopment.


Cabazon / Morongo Station - Concepts+

With a public-private partnership, a train Station can placed within a few footsteps from the Morongo Resort and Cabazon Outlet Center. This would allow for massive traffic congestion relief from the I-10 during weekends.

A potential sponsorship contract of trains by the Morongo Resort would not only provide Morongo Resort visitors a stress-free ride to the resort, but would also help pay for expanded train service for the line between Los Angeles and Indio.



Palm Springs Station

The Palm Springs Amtrak station is located approximately 7 miles north of Downtown Palm Springs. Currently, the station consists of one platform and an open-air shelter with no services within reasonable walking distance. The station also serves as a bus stop for Greyhound buses, but lacks local transit connections.

Concepts Worth Exploring+: Public-private investments in this area can result in new urbanism development and connecting bus rapid transit service into the downtown area to south and Desert Hot Springs to the north can provide the necessary feeder service.



Thousand Palms Station - Concepts+

Located near Ramon Road and the I-10 Freeway, the Thousand Palms Station would cater to commuters and travelers living at the intermediate desert cities between Palm Springs and Indio. A passenger station would also provide the seeds for infill redevelopment investments in the central city of Thousand Palms.



Indio Multi Modal Transportation Center

The Indio Multi Modal Transportation Center is a joint Public-Private Enterprise in conjunction with Redevelopment Agency from the City of Indio. The Indio City Council and its staff have worked together with KEB Enterprises LLC to bring the center from concept to reality.

The Indio Transportation Center sits on a 6.5 acre parcel of land in the heart of Downtown Indio. The main Terminal is a 17000 square foot building which will house Amtrak, Greyhound and Crucero Bus lines, and also will contain gates for Sunline Bus, Charter Bus Services, taxis and shuttles.



+ Concept Note: Items marked with "+" indicate that the mentioned transit route, development, or station location is conceptual only and is subject to change. All transit routes, transit oriented development opportunities, and specific locations of transit stations are subject to impartial feasibility studies and analysis prior to endorsement by the Transit Coalition.

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