Photos by Anna Chen/Metro
Metrolink Board Member Richard Katz and Councilmember Jose Huizar – both of whom are also members of the Metro Board of Directors – joined Brad Keselowski, winner of last year’s Sprint Cup, and Miss Sprint Cup at Union Station today to declare Auto Club Speedway Day in L.A. and encourage NASCAR fans to ride Metrolink to this weekend’s races.
Race fans looking for a stress-free, convenient and affordable way to get to Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend can simply take Metrolink. Metrolink has again partnered with Auto Club Speedway to provide direct train service to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 24. Check out the time tables for the Speedway trains here; the Antelope Valley Line connects with three Metro Rail lines at Union Station while the Ventura County Line connects with the Metro Orange Line at Chatsworth.
Metrolink train tickets to the Auto Club 400 are only $19 for one round-trip train ticket. Metrolink’s Speedway trains stop at a specially constructed station just off the back straight-away at the race track. From there, passengers will board a free tram that takes them to the entrance. Trains depart ACS one hour after the end of the race or checkered flag.
The Metrolink trains to Auto Club Speedway are special trains; regular Metrolink tickets and passes are not valid. The Auto Club Speedway train tickets are sold only by Auto Club Speedway and are mailed out prior to the race. To purchase race and train tickets or for information on the Auto Club Speedway train schedule, call Auto Club Speedway at (800) 944-RACE, visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office or buy online.
More information from Metrolink’s official press release under the jump.
The Auto Club Speedway Metrolink Train Service is a joint demonstration project made possible in part by Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). The MSRC’s mission is to fund projects that reduce air pollution to meet the region’s clean air goals. Over its 22-year history, the MSRC has assisted organizations throughout the Southland in removing as much as 8,000 tons of harmful pollutants from the air through innovative programs designed to reduce air pollution from mobile sources.
“By providing Clean Transportation Funding for this special Metrolink train service to the Auto Club 400, we are reducing congestion and air pollution and fulfilling the MSRC’s mission to reduce harmful emissions from mobile sources,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, member of the Metrolink Board of Directors and MSRC as an appointee from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Metrolink riders can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages on the train. Items are not permitted to be stored at the Speedway train station; however fans may utilize lightweight backpacks and soft side bags/coolers, no larger than 6x6x12 inches, that may contain race weekend essentials. For a complete list of approved carry-in items, please visit Auto Club Speedway’s website.
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As a matter of fact, you have to go to the track to get your ticket after the 19th. This info just became posted on the autoclubspeedway site. There was a bunch of disinformation going around. Metrolink runs the train but can’t sell tickets at their own train station. People desiring the train to get there likely live far enough away that driving to the box office to get a ticket is a poor idea (for me it’s 3.5 hr drive R/T). Bottom line is this train should be usable by folks wanting to show up and swipe a credit card. Very poorly mismanaged not allowing electronic ticketing or ability to buy tickets at the train station.
This item was posted Thursday,3/21 for the race day on 3/24. The train ticket is mailed. That is too close to call: is that enough time to get the tickets into the mail and all the way to the buyers? How about posting things like this as soon as they are approved? Or would that be too customer friendly ??