Here's the news release from Metrolink, the regional commuter rail agency funded in part by Metro:
LOS ANGELES – For the 20th consecutive year, Metrolink will offer safe, affordable service directly to the Los Angeles County Fair. On Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of September, Metrolink's San Bernardino Line trains will add a special stop at the Pomona Fairplex after 9:30 a.m. A free shuttle will transport passengers to the main entrance.
Metrolink riders with a monthly pass can ride all Metrolink trains at no additional cost on the weekends. Others can take advantage of the $10 Weekend Pass, which allows them to ride Metrolink trains all weekend long for one low fare. Riders can transfer to and from other Metrolink lines, as well as Metro rail and most buses with the $10 Weekend Pass. The Weekend Pass is valid from 7 p.m. on Friday until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday for system-wide travel. The weekend pass can be purchased at Metrolink ticket vending machines after 7 p.m. on Friday.
The L.A. County Fair is celebrating 90 years of fun with the Red Barn animal exhibit and a British floral display at the Flower & Garden Pavilion. Fair goers will also be able to indulge in fair food galore and shopping, while enjoying the many entertainment acts and other attractions.
Metrolink representatives will be staffing the Fairplex station during train service operations to assist passengers. For details on Metrolink's L.A. County Fair schedule and other initiatives, please visit www.metrolinktrains.com .
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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.
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As we do every year Southern California Transit Advocates has posted a in-depth guide to using transit to get to the fair which to some extent addresses Mr. Burton’s concerns.
Although this weekend service is welcome, it’s unfortunate that it isn’t offered on weekdays, which have the advantage of smaller crowds at the Fair. The Pomona (North) Metrolink station can be used, but is about 2 mi. away from entrances to the fairgrounds (okay if you’re on a bike). There is hourly bus service between the two (Foothill Transit, Line 197). But pity the poor rail passenger who gets off the train expecting directions: there are no way-finding signs for the fairgrounds or bus stops, and no posted schedules for the bus or train. Metrolink, Foothill Transit and the Fairplex should work together to remedy this situation.