Upcoming public hearings for project to add Metrolink service to Antelope Valley Line

The Antelope Valley Line (AVL) Capacity and Service Improvements Program is a proposed project that aims to improve service frequency and reliability along the 76.6-mile long rail corridor between Lancaster, the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys and downtown Los Angeles.

The project aims to add track to allow more frequent service on the line, as well as speedier service. The goal is to enable regular interval scheduling of 30 minute bi-directional commuter rail service from LA Union Station to the City of Santa Clarita and hourly service to the end of AVL corridor in the City of Lancaster. The existing commuter rail service patterns today ranges from 30 minutes during peak service to up to two hours during off-peak service hours.

Join one of two virtual public hearings to provide your comments on the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The information presented at each meeting will be the same.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Link: bit.ly/35qFkcC
Call-In Number: 213.338.8477
Meeting ID: 948 3461 0205
Armenian Phone Line: 646.749.3335
Access Code: 509 148 549

Saturday, August 21, 2021, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meeting Link: bit.ly/3wD1Sms
Call-In Number: 213.338.8477
Meeting ID: 998 8162 7606
Armenian Phone Line: 646.749.3335
Access Code: 320 266 021

For full details on these virtual public hearings, please visit metro.net/projects/avl.

Spanish and Armenian language interpretation will be available at both public hearings. Other ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling 213.922.4844 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

In addition to oral and written comments accepted at the public hearing meetings, written comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted Wednesday, July 28 through Friday, September 10. You can submit written comments by mailing:

Brian Balderrama, Senior Director
One Gateway Plaza
Mail Stop 99-17-2
Los Angeles, CA 90012

You can also email comments to avl@metro.net, submit via the online comment form or call the program helpline at 213.922.4844 and leave a message.

11 replies

  1. Building won’t start until 2024 and not finish until 2028 if I read the EIR correctly.
    It is absolutely crazy we need to wait 3 years to start to build this and then it will take 4 years to build.
    The only positive I can see it finishes in time for the Olympics….

  2. It looks like there are three projects to add tracks and a new station.

  3. No mention of preserving or plans for the former Southern Pacific route between Saugus and Piru and beyond.

    • Hi Ken;

      That’s not part of this project — which is focusing on the existing route between Union Station and the Antelope Valley. I’m not familiar with the route you mention — is that an old right-of-way along the Santa Clara River? If so, I assume that merges with the Antelope Valley tracks.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • It’s the line that the Fillmore and Western ran on until this year. Ventura County apparently owns the right of way, but it’s in pretty bad state and has been dismantled past Piru through to the old connection with the Antelope Valley line. As neat as it would be to see trains running it again, the demand for rail service along the Santa Clara River is miniscule.

        • Thank you for the info. Perhaps it ends up a rail-to-trail? Although I know folks dislike losing rail right-of-ways because once they’re gone, they’re usually gone.

          Steve Hymon
          Editor, The Source

          • Especially when it’s the cheaper option as opposed to creating an entirely new tunnel, trench, or viaduct.

      • That right-of-way is compromised in many locations unfortunately. It did merge with the Antelope Valley trackage at Saugus adjacent to Magic Mountain Parkway and Bouquet Canyon Road.

  4. Since the Lancaster Terminus is scheduled for an update:
    Does Metro know about the rampant over-policing of the terminus?

    Metrolink made a giant terminus, closed the majority of it for public access, and has police officers staffing it 24/7 to stop people from walking from one end to the other. I’ve been repeatedly questioned for suspicious pacing while waiting for the train to arrive. And I’ve noticed a lot of riders of color getting undue attention for lawful activity.

    These public infrastructure projects are palatial in scope during the planning stages and when politicians and journalists attend the ribbon cutting. But the public gets a very different experience.

  5. The Antelope Valley Line (AVL) Capacity and Service Improvements Program improve service frequency and reliability along the 76.6 mile-long AVL commuter rail corridor between Lancaster and downtown Los Angeles