Metrolink expands connectivity with bus partnership to Palm Desert

Here's the news release from Metrolink and the timetable is after the jump:

SunLine Transit Agency to implement Commuter Link 220 on September 10

LOS ANGELES – In its continued effort to expand connectivity throughout Southern California, Metrolink is partnering with SunLine Transit Agency, which will operate a new express bus service between Palm Desert and downtown Riverside beginning Sept. 10.

Metrolink passengers who want to travel between the Riverside-Downtown Metrolink Station and Palm Desert will be able to do so via four total trips; two heading westbound during the morning commute and two heading eastbound during the afternoon.

The weekday service will run from Palm Desert's Westfield Shopping Center and Rancho Mirage to the Riverside-Downtown Metrolink Station, the Riverside Downtown bus-transit center and UC Riverside, with stops along the way at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Beaumont, Banning and Moreno Valley.

Metrolink ticket holders will be able to ride the Commuter Link 220 for free to Morongo Casino. Metrolink ticket holders who continue to travel to Rancho Mirage or Palm Desert will be asked to a pay a $3 fare.

The bus service schedule allows commuters to connect to either Metrolink's Riverside Line or 91 lines to Los Angeles, along with Metrolink's Inland Empire-Orange County Line.

Commuter Link 220 is operated by a forty foot, air conditioned, wheel chair accessible bus, which is equipped with comfortable, reclining coach seating, luggage/bike racks and free Wi-Fi.

The launch of the new Commuter Link 220 bus service from Palm Desert to Downtown Riverside was made possible by a Federal Transit Administration grant, as well as funding from both SunLine Transit Agency and Riverside Transit Agency.

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 19th 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, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.