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Filming Requests

Filming Inquiries


Did you know that film and television production is permitted onboard Metrolink trains or at our facility properties? Please email us at [email protected]  for more information.

ONBOARD FILMING GUIDELINES

Filming is allowed onboard trains and at Metrolink-owned facilities.

Please note:  Metrolink requires a minimum of four (4) weeks to review and process film production requests, depending on the complexity of the production. 

  • All requests for film production must be submitted to Metrolink in writing (email is fine). The request should include the following information: 
    • Date(s) 
    • Location (which station or line)  
    • Timeframe (morning, afternoon, with preferred hours, indicated).
      • Please include any prep time, load-in, production, and load-out schedules. 
    • Scene description
    • Number of crew/ cast members
    • Will you require filming on our platforms?
    • Will you require train equipment to be stationary or moving?
    • Description of equipment to be used during the filming (Rotem or Bombardier)
    • Parking requirements for any production vehicles (cars and/or trucks) 
  • Metrolink requires an executed contract and completed insurance information prior to any filming/ photography activities on board trains or at our Metrolink-owned maintenance facilities. Any filming that involves access to equipment or to the railroad right-of-way will require successful advance completion of the Railroad Safety Training course. This training ensures that the crew and actors will learn proper procedures to protect themselves against possible track dangers and will be coordinated with you upon permit approval.

  • Additionally, a Right-of-Entry Permit will be required from Metrolink along with (provided by the submitting production company) insurance with monies to cover direct services such as Safety Training, Protective Flagging Services, Administration Costs.

  • Metrolink will need to review the overall film production concept in advance for filming approval by management.

  • A MANDATORY safety briefing is required for all film production shoots prior to work starting onboard the train. All film crew members must attend.

  • A pre-production walk-through is recommended onboard the train and/or at Los Angeles Union Station train platforms.

  • Fees will vary depending on the film production shoot.

  • Please contact [email protected] for estimated costs. 

RIGHT-OF-WAY 

Important Things to know about Filming with Us 

  • Metrolink needs a letter of intent, including but not limited to: 
    • Location of Film Shoot 
    • Duration (including # of days/hours, including set-up/strikeout) 
    • Equipment used
    • Number of individuals who will be on railroad property during the proposed filming
    • Parking requirements 
  • Metrolink will have to review and approve your film shoot when filming will take you; over/under our tracks or when your shoot will be on railroad property and/or when people and/or equipment have the potential to foul our tracks and/or cause delays on our track.

  • Depending on the parameters of your filming request, in relation to Metrolink tracks and Right-of-Way, either a 2-hour Safety Training will be required or a Safety Briefing. Determination will be made after we have reviewed your request. This training ensures that the crew and actors will learn proper procedures to protect themselves against possible track dangers.

  • Additionally, a Right-of-Entry Permit will be required from Metrolink along with (provided by the submitting production company) insurance with monies to cover direct services such as Safety Training, Protective Flagging Services, Administration Costs.

  • Our fees depend upon the scope of your project.

  • Metrolink requires a minimum of four (4) weeks lead time for any filming near and/or on railroad property and four (4) week lead time if you are filming on a platform or your filming only requires to cross the railroad tracks.