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Metrolink Helps SoCal Avoid Holiday Traffic; Offers $10 Holiday Pass on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday

Monday November 22, 2021

LOS ANGELES – With Thanksgiving week traffic projected to approach pre-pandemic levels, Metrolink, southern California’s regional passenger rail service, will offer relief from the stress of gridlock at an affordable cost. This year, on both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, Metrolink will offer a $10 Holiday Pass that allows riders unlimited trips anywhere Metrolink travels for the entire day the pass is purchased. Metrolink will offer its usual Saturday schedule on those two days. 

Over the busy holiday weekend, Metrolink will offer the $10 Weekend Day Pass for adults – and each paying adult can bring three kids ages 17 and under aboard for free. 

“The primary reason our riders choose Metrolink instead of driving their cars is they prefer a relaxing ride over the stress of sitting in gridlock,” CEO Metrolink Darren Kettle said. “SoCal roads are at their most stressful in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and through the weekend. We want to make it easy and affordable for everyone to enjoy their holiday by getting them where they need to go – be it for holiday get-togethers, sight-seeing or shopping – without traffic and parking hassles.”

The Metrolink Experience allows riders to relax and enjoy their trip from the moment they board the double-decker trains, with expansive windows that offer views of southern California’s diverse scenery. Metrolink trains offer various seating options, including face-to-face seating and tables that are perfect for family and friend outings. Metrolink bike cars make it easy for casual and serious bike riders to explore southern California’s many trails, while there is designated space for surfboards and picnic gear onboard, too. Visit EXPLORE for ideas about places to go aboard Metrolink trains. 

On Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, Metrolink will operate on the Ventura County, Antelope Valley, San Bernardino, Orange County, 91/Perris Valley, and Inland Empire-Orange County lines. Metrolink trains will not operate on the Riverside Line on Thursday nor Friday. 

The Rail 2 Rail program, which normally allows Metrolink Monthly Pass users to take Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains on the Ventura County, Inland Empire-Orange County and Orange County lines, will be suspended between Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Nov. 29. Regular Rail 2 Rail service will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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About Metrolink

Metrolink is southern California's regional passenger rail service providing reliable, safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation that connects people, communities and businesses to greater opportunity. The Agency’s 538 miles of track and 62 stations across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties serve as an essential link in the region’s mobility network, enabling people to connect to their jobs and explore all that the region has to offer. Prior to the pandemic, Metrolink had nearly 12 million annual boardings from people who choose to ride the train to avoid gridlock, removing an estimated 9.3 million vehicles from the roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 130,000 metric tons each year with its fleet of Tier 4 locomotives.