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Express train service begins in May

Posted: March 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.

A new express Metrolink service that launches in May will give local commuters a quicker way to travel between the Santa Clarita Valley and downtown Los Angeles, county officials said Friday.

The six-month pilot express train service will begin May 9.

“This new service will eliminate 32 minutes each way for Antelope Valley commuters and Santa Clarita Valley commuters will save 15 minutes each way to and from Union Station,” Metrolink Director Michael D. Antonovich said in a statement.

“Eliminating nine stops, the Antelope Valley express train will make just make two stops between Palmdale and Los Angeles Union Station — at the Santa Clarita Valley and downtown Burbank stations.”

The new trains will have up to six cars to accommodate increased capacity. The morning train will depart Palmdale at 5:37 a.m., stop at Santa Clarita at 6:20 a.m., downtown Burbank at 6:49 a.m. and arrive at Los Angeles Union Station at 7:05 a.m., according to Antonovich, who also serves as Los Angeles County Mayor.

The evening train will depart Union Station at 5:25 p.m., stop at downtown Burbank at 5:38 p.m., Santa Clarita at 6:06 p.m. and arrive in Palmdale at 6:53 p.m., he said. Both trains will have a running time of 88 minutes to and from the Antelope Valley and 45 minutes to and from the Santa Clarita Valley.


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