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METROLINK LAUNCHES NEW ARROW SERVICE

Metrolink riders in the Inland Empire can use the new Arrow passenger rail service to travel between the cities of San Bernardino and Redlands. The Arrow service adds four train stations in the two cities and introduces brand new Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains to Metrolink’s cleaner-operating fleet. 

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New service extends Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line to Redlands, adding four new stations and extending daily express trains

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink riders in the Inland Empire can use the new Arrow passenger rail service to travel between the cities of San Bernardino and Redlands. The Arrow service adds four train stations in the two cities and introduces brand new Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains to Metrolink’s cleaner-operating fleet. 

 Planned and constructed by the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), Arrow will initially operate up to 42 weekday trains between 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., with service also available on Saturdays and Sundays. Connections between Arrow trains and Metrolink San Bernardino Line trains are available seven days a week at the San Bernardino-Downtown Station. There are also connections to Metrolink’s Inland Empire-Orange County Line.  

 “It’s an exciting day for Metrolink and our partners at SBCTA as we take another step toward greater regional train travel throughout Southern California,” Metrolink Board Chairman Ara Najarian said. “Metrolink continues to be a pioneer in environmentally responsible, safe and efficient travel.” 

 The two San Bernardino Line Express trains will also be extended to the Redlands-Downtown Station connecting Redlands to Los Angeles Union Station. 

 “We are thrilled to open the highly anticipated new Arrow service for our riders in Redlands and San Bernardino,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said. “The Arrow service adds nine miles of new track, giving riders more options for cleaner, efficient travel in the area, connecting to Los Angeles, Orange County and beyond.” 

 The new DMU trains being used for the Arrow service feature a sleek, modern design and are powered by lower-emission diesel engines for a quieter and more energy-efficient ride. Other amenities include level boarding at the station platforms, capacity for 120 passengers, space for up to eight wheelchairs, storage hooks for up to 12 bicycles and USB chargers at most seats.  

 “The launch of Arrow is monumental for both San Bernardino County and the Southern California region,” Metrolink Board Vice-Chair and SBCTA Board Member Larry McCallon said. “The effort of SBCTA and Metrolink to complete a project of this magnitude is tremendous. By extending passenger rail service to Redlands with new, modern and eco-friendly trains, the agencies are fulfilling commitments to not only provide Southern California residents with greater regional rail connectivity, but also meet California’s aggressive climate-improvement goals.” 

 Arrow trains serve the existing San Bernardino-Downtown Station, 140 S. E St., San Bernardino, as well as four new stations: San Bernardino-Tippecanoe Station, 1498 S. Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernardino; Redlands-Esri Station, 601 New York St., Redlands; Redlands-Downtown Station, 351 North Orange St., Redlands; and Redlands-University Station at the University of Redlands, 1100 East Park Ave., Redlands. 

 For more information on the Arrow Line visit www.metrolinktrains/arrow

Source: Metrolink

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The Battle Over Intercity Rail: A Political Showdown in Arizona

Arizona’s political divide over intercity rail: GOP opposes, Dems advocate for sustainable transit solutions.

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Republican lawmakers in Arizona are taking a firm stance against the development of intercity rail, particularly a commuter rail between Phoenix and Tucson. Their recent move to impose stringent conditions on the state Department of Transportation, including barring the acceptance of federal funds for commuter rail, has sparked controversy and division along party lines.

Senator Jake Hoffman, a vocal opponent of the commuter rail project, argues that investing in what he deems as outdated technology would be a waste of money, citing low ridership numbers on existing light rail systems. He insists that the focus should be on enhancing road infrastructure like the I-10 instead.

On the other side, Governor Katie Hobbs and Democratic lawmakers are advocating for sustainable transportation solutions, including the potential revival of Amtrak service between Phoenix and Tucson. They emphasize the importance of environmental considerations, clean air for future generations, and reducing carbon emissions.

The clash between the two parties reflects a larger debate on transportation priorities and environmental concerns. While Republicans stress individual freedom and the efficiency of personal automobiles, Democrats highlight the need for greener modes of transportation and addressing climate change.

As the legislative battle continues, the fate of intercity rail in Arizona hangs in the balance. The decision on whether to proceed with the project will have far-reaching implications for the state’s transportation infrastructure and environmental policies. Stay tuned as the Senate deliberates on this contentious issue.

https://tucson.com/news/local/government-politics/tucson-phoenix-commuter-train-jake-hoffman/article_32e22568-c9f3-11ee-a111-071dc300ee63.html

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Enhancements Coming to LA Metro’s B and D Lines: A Look Ahead

“Exciting updates coming to LA Metro’s B and D Lines with the arrival of HR4000 trains, promising smoother rides and enhanced amenities. #TransitEvolution”

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As we journey into the latter part of the year, anticipation builds for the enhancements set to transform the commuting experience along Los Angeles Metro’s B and D Lines. Among the developments stirring excitement is the eagerly awaited arrival of the HR4000 trains, marking a significant stride in modernizing the city’s transit system.

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The order for the HR4000 trains signals the dawn of a new era in urban transportation, representing the initial phase of a monumental $647 million framework deal. This landmark agreement not only ushers in cutting-edge technology but also lays the groundwork for future improvements with options for an additional 218 vehicles. Despite the potential for further expansion, LACMTA has yet to exercise these options, leaving room for speculation on what the future holds for LA’s transit landscape.

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The infusion of the HR4000 trains brings a blend of innovation and efficiency to the heart of LA’s transit network. With enhanced features designed to elevate the passenger experience, commuters can look forward to smoother rides, reduced wait times, and improved accessibility. From spacious interiors to state-of-the-art amenities, these trains promise to redefine the standard of urban travel for residents and visitors alike.

Beyond the tangible upgrades, the impending changes on the B and D Lines signify a broader commitment to sustainable and equitable transportation solutions. As cities worldwide grapple with the imperative to reduce carbon emissions and enhance public transit infrastructure, LA Metro’s initiatives serve as a beacon of progress. By investing in modern, eco-friendly trains, the agency demonstrates its dedication to fostering a greener, more livable city for generations to come.


In shedding light on the forthcoming enhancements, it’s essential to recognize the diligent work of industry experts in shaping the future of LA’s transit system. This report, prepared by IRJ Deputy Editor Mark Simmons and IRJ Contributor Andy Tebay, provides invaluable insights into the transformative developments underway. As champions of innovation and progress, their contributions pave the way for a more connected and resilient urban environment.

As we embark on this journey toward a brighter, more efficient transit future, it’s crucial to acknowledge the collaborative efforts driving these advancements forward. With each milestone reached and each improvement implemented, LA Metro moves one step closer to realizing its vision of a world-class transportation network. Let us embrace the changes ahead with optimism and anticipation, knowing that the best is yet to come.

[Credit: This report was prepared by IRJ Deputy Editor Mark Simmons and IRJ Contributor Andy Tebay; it first appeared on the IRJ website. Source: Railway Age]

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/metros/hyundai-rotem-wins-us-664m-order-for-la-metro-trains/

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The No Pants Light Rail Ride: A Celebration or a Nuisance?

“The No Pants Light Rail Ride: A Celebration or a Nuisance? Reflecting on the delicate balance between personal expression and public disruption.”

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Earlier this month, the Valley played host to a peculiar celebration, the “body positive” event where individuals shed their pants and hopped onto the light rail. Clad in an array of undergarments – from boxers to briefs to even a daring bikini-cut leather affair – participants reveled in the freedom of riding pantless through the city, much to the surprise of unsuspecting onlookers.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2024/01/16/phoenix-no-pants-light-rail-day-dumb-idea/72246271007/

Originally a lighthearted prank born on the New York City subway, the No Pants Light Rail Ride has typically elicited chuckles and raised eyebrows. However, in the context of broader societal issues, this event prompts reflection on its appropriateness in a public space.

Prior to the pandemic, this event was an annual occurrence, generally met with amusement and little cause for concern. Yet, as Arizona’s light rail system faces scrutiny and opposition, the spectacle of pantless riders raises questions about the line between personal expression and public disruption.

While some may argue that the event is harmless fun akin to beach attire, the light rail serves as a mode of transportation for families and individuals who rely on it to navigate the city. As Arizona’s public transportation system comes under increasing pressure, with legislators impeding its expansion, the No Pants Light Rail Ride may inadvertently fuel the opposition’s arguments against further investment in public transit.

The juxtaposition of a light-hearted event against the backdrop of a serious public policy debate underscores the need for thoughtful consideration of how we express ourselves in shared spaces. As the Valley grapples with the future of its transportation infrastructure, the No Pants Light Rail Ride serves as a timely reminder of the delicate balance between individual freedom and communal respect.

As we move forward, it’s crucial to engage in open dialogue and consider the impact of our actions on the broader community. What might seem like harmless amusement to some could inadvertently undermine important public initiatives. Ultimately, a celebration of body positivity should not come at the expense of a respectful and functional public transit system.

The No Pants Light Rail Ride certainly sparks conversation, but its implications extend beyond mere amusement, nudging us to contemplate the intersection of personal expression and public responsibility in our ever-changing urban landscape.

This article is partly from an opinion piece that was in AZCentral by Laurie Roberts.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2024/01/16/phoenix-no-pants-light-rail-day-dumb-idea/72246271007/

Source: AZ Central

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