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File #: 2017-0525   
Type: Program Status: Replaced
File created: 7/24/2017 In control: Planning and Programming Committee
On agenda: 9/20/2017 Final action: 9/28/2017
Title: AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to: A. CONDUCT a study to evaluate the Metrolink San Bernardino Line and future Metro Gold Line Phase 2B services to develop strategies that would enable the two rail services to complement each other; and B. PROGRAM $750,000 in Measure R 3% funds for the study.
Sponsors: Planning and Programming Committee
Indexes: Claremont, Covina, East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Project, Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, Gold Line Foothill Extension 2A, Gold Line Foothill Extension 2B, Light rail transit, Los Angeles Union Station, Measure R, Metro Gold Line, Metro Rail A Line, Metro Rail L Line, Metrolink, Metrolink San Bernardino Line, Pomona, Program, Project, Railroad commuter service, Ridership, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Weekdays
Attachments: 1. Attachment A Foothill Gold Line Glendora to Montclair Segment
Related files: 2017-0649
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PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Subject
SUBJECT: METROLINK SAN BERNARDINO LINE STRATEGIC STUDY

Action
ACTION: AUTHORIZE STUDY

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to:

A. CONDUCT a study to evaluate the Metrolink San Bernardino Line and future Metro Gold Line Phase 2B services to develop strategies that would enable the two rail services to complement each other; and

B. PROGRAM $750,000 in Measure R 3% funds for the study.

Issue
ISSUE

Since the opening of Metro Foothill Gold Line Extension Phase 2A from Pasadena to Azusa in March 2016, the Metrolink San Bernardino (SB) Line, especially at the Metrolink Covina Station, has experienced a substantial decline in ridership. The next phase of the Gold Line Extension (Phase 2B) from Glendora to Montclair is being planned to share the San Gabriel subdivision with Metrolink. Three Gold Line stations will be constructed immediately adjacent to the three existing Metrolink stations in the cities of Pomona, Claremont and Montclair (refer to Attachment A Foothill Gold Line Glendora to Montclair Segment). Upon opening of the Foothill Gold Line Phase 2B, ridership on the Metrolink SB Line is expected to further decline.

The purpose of this study is to perform a comprehensive evaluation of both the existing Metrolink commuter rail service and future Metro Gold Line light rail service to proactively develop a toolbox of strategies that would enable the two rail services to complement each other, and to adjust to changing demands from the introduction of the Metro Gold Line service further east.

Discussion
DISCUSSION

The Metrolink San Bernardino (SB) Line runs from Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) to San Bernardino including 13 stations in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. With 38 trains on a typical weekday, the SB Line is the busiest line in the Metrolink system carrying on average about 9,400 daily boardings on weekdays (3.1...

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