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Metrolink Train Station Concepts (Los Angeles-Temecula Corridor):
Commuter & Intercity Train Service between Los Angeles and Temecula

An extended Metrolink system from Los Angeles Union Station to Temecula with connections to established mass transit services will be an integral part of the solution to Inland Empire traffic congestion and long distance commuting. The 2008 feasibility study supports public-private partnerships, where private developers help fund or donate right of way and contribute to the overall capital costs for the I-15 corridor rail line. 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.

California High Speed Rail trains are also proposed to stop in the City of Norwalk via the Orange County spur.


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.


Corona Dos Lagos Station Concepts+:

Located north of Cajalco Road and east of Temescal Canyon Road, the Dos Lagos Station and transit village would facilitate multi-modal transfers between Metrolink, RTA local and Corona Cruiser bus routes, and park-and-ride patrons. Ridership would be captured from Southern Corona, El Cerrito, and Dos Lagos.

Mixed-use, transit oriented development would generate walkable access to the busy Corona Crossings shopping plaza and Dos Lagos mixed use center. By working together with the private sector, a seamless pedestrian/bicycle corridor can be established between the residential areas west of I-15 through Corona Crossings all the way to the Metrolink station.

This station was included as part of the RCTC study.



Temescal Canyon Station Concepts+:

Located near Temescal Canyon Road and the I-15 Freeway, the Temescal Canyon Station would cater to commuters and travelers living at Trilogy, Sycamore Canyon, Campbell Ranch, and Horsethief Canyon Ranch.

The station would provide the seeds for a mixed-use transit village, thus providing a much needed, centralized gathering location and local jobs for area residents while preserving the quiet and rural atmosphere. The transit village would also provide trailway access to the attractions at Tom's Farms.

This station was included as part of the RCTC study.

  • Temescal Canyon Metrolink Station Concepts+



  • Lake Elsinore Outlet Center Station Concepts+:

    Located south of Nichols Road and just west of I-15, an ideal stop for Metrolink trains would be the Lake Elsinore Outlet Center area. Ridership would be captured from North Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and Perris.

    With a public-private partnership with the Lake Elsinore Outlet Center, a complete transit village with additional outlet stores and local jobs would be developed over the large parking lot on the northern end of the center to provide pedestrian-friendly connections to regional rail and added pedestrian mall corridors to the Outlet Center. A sound wall would be developed to offset noise and pollution from the I-15 within the station platform area.


    Lake Elsinore Multi Modal Transit Center Concepts+:

    Located in the heart of the Mission Trail Corridor near Diamond Drive, this multi-modal transit facility would serve Metrolink train riders, local RTA bus riders, and park-and-ride patrons. Ridership would be captured from much of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and Menifee.

    Within walking distance would be the Diamond Stadium and Lake Elsinore Hotel and Casino. Our concept illustrates rail tunneling under the existing development between the I-15 ROW and the inland transit center which would be partially paid for by new urbanism developers through public-private partnerships.


    Wildomar Station Concepts+:

    Located within walking distance of several activity centers, the Wildomar train station would serve Metrolink train riders, local RTA bus riders, and park-and-ride patrons. Ridership would be captured from Wildomar and portions of Lake Elsinore and Murrieta.

    Within walking distance would be proposed mixed use centers, Wildomar City Hall, Inland Valley Medical Center, and a possible MSJC community college campus. A sound wall would be developed to offset noise and pollution from the I-15 within the station platform area and a pedestrian bridge would be developed over the freeway. These features would be funded by new urbanism developers through public-private partnerships.



    Murrieta Village Walk Station Concepts+:

    Located north of Kalmia Road and just west of I-15 lies the Village Walk Mixed-Use village, complete with residential, office, and retail development. A nearby Metrolink station would make this center a complete transit village. Ridership would be captured from Murrieta, especially within the Village Walk development.

    With a public-private partnership, a commuter parking garage with additional retail shops would be developed over the large parking lot in the retail center to provide park-and-ride connections to the Metrolink station. A sound wall would be developed to offset noise and pollution from the I-15 within the station platform area.



    Temecula/Murrieta Intermodal Transit Center
    CA High Speed Rail


    This active California High Speed Rail intermodal station is projected to handle 8,000 daily riders and would cater to CA HSR trains, local Metrolink trains, and RTA buses. The program-level HSR route alignment has placed this station between Murrieta and Temecula near the I-15 and I-215 freeway interchange. The specific location will be determined following the project-level design and analysis, however the land north of the junction is a strong candidate.

    The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) and City of Temecula are also working on the development of a future bus transit station in Temecula and potential transit-oriented uses approximately one mile south of the program-level proposed station. RTA developed plans for this intermodal bus station in Temecula before the concept for a CA HSR station was proposed in Murrieta; however, the transit agency also believes that the region should have one intermodal bus/rail facility.

    To streamline the CA HSR planning process and potentially save millions in taxpayer money, the Transit Coalition is communicating with planning staff and elected officials so that a consensus between RTA, CA HSR, and the local cities can be established in regards to the specific location of this intermodal transit facility. The two possible locations include the land north of the I-15 and I-215 junction in Murrieta (CA HSR program alternative) and the Jefferson Avenue/French Valley Pkwy intersection in Temecula (RTA transit center site).
    South Temecula / Pechanga Indian Reservation Station Concepts+:

    A vast 188,000 square foot gaming floor makes Pechanga Resort Southern California’s largest casino and the largest employer in the area. With a public-private partnership, a Metrolink Station can placed within a few footsteps from the resort while commuters can use the resort parking lot as a park & ride facility during the week. This would allow for massive traffic congestion relief from Temecula streets and I-15 during rush hours and weekends, especially at the I-15 and Temecula Pkwy interchange.

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



    + 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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