The survey is part of ongoing work by Metro to study the possibility of relocating three stations (El Monte, Montebello/Commerce and Northridge) and creating a station to serve busy Rio Hondo College in Whittier. The issues in particular:
•The Metrolink tracks are adjacent to the El Monte Station used by Metro and Foothill Transit buses — but the Metrolink station in El Monte is about one mile away.
•In the San Fernando Valley, the study looks at improvements to the existing station or moving the station two-thirds of a mile east to Reseda Boulevard. That would improve access for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users — and make the station a 15-minute, three-quarter mile walk from CSUN. Click here to leave a comment.
•The current Montebello/Commerce Station for Metrolink is 1.5 miles from The Citadel and Commerce Resort. A new Metrolink station could be within a five-minute walk of the Citadel and be near a potential station under study for the Eastside Gold Line Extension project.
•Rio Hondo College in Whittier has about 20,000 students per semester but it’s seven miles to the closest Metrolink station — the one serving Montebello/Commerce Station. A potential station for the Eastside Gold Line Extension would be about 1.2 miles away from the college.
Metro is one of five county agencies which provide funding for Metrolink commuter rail (the others are Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties). In March 2016, the Metro Board of Directors asked for a study of the station relocations, looking to find a way to improve connections to local transit and boost ridership.
Staff have been looking at the issue and have narrowed down locations that may be able to accommodate a Metrolink station. It’s important to note that funding still would need to be secured for any of the three relocations to happen and/or the creation of a new station.
The following are presentations given to the Metro Service Councils representing the Gateway Cities (pdf), and San Gabriel Valley (pdf). The presentation for the San Fernando Valley was given to a community meeting last week, which about 90 people attended (scroll down for the station relocation info, pdf).