Wednesday July 27, 2016
Trains will operate between Lancaster and Los Angeles, speed restrictions may delay service.
LOS ANGELES - Working collaboratively with officials from the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Metrolink will be able to operate full service along the Antelope Valley Line Thursday morning. Speed restrictions between the Vincent Grade/Acton and Via Princessa stations may cause early morning trains from Lancaster to be delayed by up to 15 minutes.
Due to the brush fire in Santa Clarita, which had prompted thousands of evacuations and traffic closures along the 14 Freeway, Metrolink has been unable to operate trains north of the Via Princessa Station since Sunday afternoon. On Wednesday, Metrolink provided alternate bus service to more than 1,000 passengers to and from the Vincent Grade/Acton, Palmdale and Lancaster stations.
The first train Thursday morning, Antelope Valley Line train 200, will depart Lancaster at 3:58 a.m. All southbound trains will depart Lancaster at their scheduled times, including limited-stop train 282, which originates from Palmdale.
The determination to operate trains along the entire Antelope Valley Line was made with direction from officials battling the Sand fire. If conditions change and rail service is once again stopped north of Via Princessa, Metrolink will have buses available to provide alternative service.
Riders are encouraged to visit www.metrolinktrains.com or follow @Metrolink on Twitter.com for service updates.
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Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 23rd year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 536 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.