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Metrolink to make more room for bikes

August 5th, 2011 at 17:17

I love CicLAvia and feel the best way to get there from the Antelope Valley is on the Metrolink.

It’s been unfortunate that officially Metrolink only allows 2 bikes per train car on each train. Unofficially, at the discretion of the conductors, more bikes have been allowed. You never know in advance, though, whether you are going to get your bike on the train or not.

This has led some people to drive down to North Hollywood to catch the Red Line rather than take the Metrolink.

Thanks to The Source, I was pleasantly pleased to see this August 3, 2011 news release from Metrolink about plans to increase space for bicycles on their trains:

As part of a pilot program, Metrolink will introduce its first two “bicycle cars,” passenger railcars outfitted with space for at least 18 bicycles, instead of two slots like Metrolink’s other railcars. The agency hopes this will encourage more bicyclists to take the train to their destination.

To accommodate the additional bicycles, Metrolink crews removed 29 passenger seats on the bottom level of one of its railcars that traditionally seats up to 149 people. . .

Initially, Metrolink’s “bicycle cars” will debut on the Inland-Empire line weekend beach trains, where the demand is highest for additional bicycle storage space. Bicycle cars can be identified by yellow decals located on the outside of the rail car.

Metrolink is prepared to add up to 10 additional “bicycle cars” to its fleet, depending on the success of the pilot program.

Bicycle Car on Metrolink Train

Bicycle Car on Metrolink Train (The Source)

Let’s all hope and pray that bicycle cars are a huge hit with Inland Empire Metrolink riders, so that we get bicycle cars on the AV Line. If and when we do get them, it’s important for us to use them, because they’ll need enough ridership to be continued.

Also, don’t forget the new (since July) Metrolink weekend $10 ticket. That’s $10 from Friday evening until midnight on Sunday. With that ticket, you can ride anywhere on Metrolink during that time period for $10 and your ticket is also a free transfer onto Metro, both bus and light rail.

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One Response to “Metrolink to make more room for bikes”

  1. Gustavo Says:

    excellent post!! i would definitely use the metrolink more if i could bring my bike on board everytime
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