Metrolink at Work

Construction and Maintenance

Metrolink construction and maintenance crews are constantly working throughout the Southern California system expanding capacity, upgrading systems and maintaining existing infrastructure to help provide the highest quality service to our passengers. This work also helps ensure the smooth flow of freight rail traffic throughout our region. The links below summarize construction or maintenance work taking place on the Metrolink system in your local community. For more information contact the Metrolink Community Relations Office at (213) 452-0205 or by email at johnsons@scrra.net


Track Construction and Maintenance

Perris Valley Line Extension

Construction of the Perris Valley Line (PVL), which will extend Metrolink commuter rail service on the 91 Line, began in October 2013. Led by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the PVL is the first extension of Metrolink service since the Antelope Valley Line was built in 1994. The PVL will continue rail service 24 miles from the downtown Riverside station to south Perris, with four new stations being constructed at Riverside Hunter Park, Moreno Valley/March Field, Downtown Perris and South Perris. The project also includes construction and rehabilitation of railroad tracks, upgrade of 18 at-grade crossings and improvement of existing tracks. The PVL will provide greater access to Southern California’s commuter rail network for residents in Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, San Jacinto, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar. The PVL is tentatively expected to open to riders by late 2015. For more information click here.



Antelope Valley Line Construction over Labor Day weekend 2015

During the three day Labor Day Weekend, Metrolink was busy completing four capital and maintenance projects on the Antelope Valley Line:

(1) Empire Avenue project located in the City of Burbank required realignment of the main line track to build new grade separation of existing Buena Vista Street crossing and new Empire Avenue interchange. The weekend work involved cutting the existing main line track and tie-in of the realigned track on both ends, reconstruction and relocation of signal and track facilities at Buena Vista Street crossing, track surfacing, wayside signals, and PTC database validation;

(2) Metrolink contractor, VTMI, replaced an existing rail-top bridge with five 72” diameter steel pipes in the City of Sylmar. The original bridge was constructed in 1935 using early 1900s rails. The rails were stacked together to act as a bridge supporting structure. Because of the age and condition of the rail and the structure, the bridge was replaced with the steel pipes;

(3) The installation of five box culverts project was located in the City of Santa Clarita. County of Los Angeles with cooperation from the City of Santa Clarita and a developer wanted to build five 6’w x 3.5’h box culverts under Metrolink track and across the railroad right-of-way. The work involved excavation, installation of concrete boxes, backfill and track removal and reinstallation; and

(4) Metrolink purchased 80,000 linear feet of rail by Contract PO636-15. A rail train delivered the rail in 1,600 long 50 strings. Some of the strings were to be uploaded on the Antelope Valley Line. VTMI delivered and uploaded the strings of rail during this Labor Day weekend at designated locations along the line.



Empire Avenue Realigned Main Line Track on Valley Subdivision between MPs 11.6 & 13.5 in Burbank – Surfacing realigned track after cutting-over from existing Main Line



Empire Avenue Realigned Main Line Track on Valley Subdivision between MPs 11.6 & 13.5 in Burbank – PTC test train on realigned main line track at Buena Vista Crossing



Empire Avenue Realigned Main Line Track on Valley Subdivision between MPs 11.6 & 13.5 in Burbank – PTC test train on realigned main line track at Buena Vista Crossing



Bridge Replacement on Valley Subdivision at MP 26.42 in Sylmar



Box Culverts on Valley Subdivision at MP 31.75 in Santa Clarita



Rail Train Delivery on Antelope Valley Line


Last updated: 9/11/15