Metrolink '11-12 Budget: More Trains, More Safety, More Customer Service, No Fare Increase

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Metrolink's 2011-12 budget has received final approval after "being adopted by all five of its member agencies," according to a news release. The budget, approved by RCTC, VCTC, SANBAG, OCTA and Metro, will provide for expanded safety enhancements, a new, onboard customer service initiative, 22 new trains (including four express), and no increase in base fares.

"I am pleased that our board and staff worked with our member agencies to develop a budget that gives our passengers more transportation options, enhanced safety and even better customer service without a fare increase," said Metrolink Board Chairman Richard Katz. "Additionally, through smart, tough decision-making, Metrolink expects to end the 2010-2011 fiscal year under budget."
New train service includes:
  • Six trains that will operate on the Orange County Line starting July 5
  • Six trains on the Antelope Valley Line, including two peak hour express trains and four trains that began operating on May 9
  • Six trains on the San Bernardino Line, including two peak hour express trains and four trains that began operating on May 9
  • Two trains on the Ventura County Line that began operating on May 9
  • Two seasonal beach trains from San Bernardino to San Clemente Beach beginning July 2