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Metrolink Gets Summer Vacations on Track with New Weekend Service, Itineraries to Help Families and Friends EXPLORE Southern California by Train

Tuesday May 11, 2021

Los Angeles – Metrolink invites Southern California residents to take a summer adventure with new weekend service on its Ventura County Line, and a new series of family-friendly summer vacation itineraries that riders can explore as they discover all Southern California has to offer. Adventures can be found at Metrolink’s EXPLORE site. 

Over the weekend, adults ride Metrolink for just $10 all day anywhere so the whole family can enjoy safe, affordable, stress-free vacations along Metrolink’s 538-mile system that extends along the coast from Ventura County to as far south as Oceanside, and as far east into Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Saturday Travel on VC Line

On May 29, Metrolink will inaugurate a brand-new Saturday service between LA and Moorpark – a permanent part of the schedule for the first time in the agency’s history. The Saturday service will consist of two trains each Saturday, one departing Moorpark at 8:52 a.m. and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station at 10:07 a.m.; and the other beginning at LA Union Station at 4:28 p.m. and arriving at Moorpark at 5:39 p.m. Riders can enjoy a day trip into downtown LA or at destinations in Glendale, Burbank and the San Fernando Valley, and also have the option to travel into Ventura County or the San Fernando Valley on a Friday and travel home on Monday morning.

“With the region opening up and people planning their summer vacations, we are excited to offer families safe and affordable leisure travel options using Metrolink,” said Ara Najarian, Metrolink Board Chair and Councilmember for Glendale. “From the new Saturday service on the Ventura County Line to a wide variety of exciting excursions, Southern California summer adventures are just a train ride away on Metrolink.”

Added Metrolink CEO Stephane Wiggins, “Summer is upon us and we are excited to help families plan their vacations throughout Southern California! Rail trips are safe, fun and allow people to get out of their cars and find relief from all that stress-inducing congestion. They can actually enjoy family travel time as they take in the sights and say goodbye to all those ‘Are We There Yet?’ moments.”

Expert-Recommended Destinations

Metrolink has turned to the experts to provide families with recommendations for food, fun, and sun at destinations from Ventura to Oceanside. Beginning May 17, family travel experts including writers from Moms LA and Mommy Poppins and influencers like Inspired By Thisand California Through My Lens, will contribute their expertise on how to navigate all the region has to offer—from mountain trail adventures and desert destinations to lazy beach days and ocean explorations—perfectly suited for staycations, weekend getaways and daytrips. In addition, new destinations recommended by the rail experts themselves--Metrolink staff—are now accessible on Metrolink’s website and social media channels for riders to discover.

In addition, Metrolink has teamed up with AllTrails to offer cyclists of all skill levels a special selection of biking explorations across Southern California. Whether it’s mountain trails, road biking expeditions or trails less traveled, the routes offer adventures the whole family can enjoy that start within two miles of Metrolink tracks.  To access the special bike trails, go here.

Exploring while Learning

For moms looking to teach their kids more about the history of the region, they can access Metrolink’s new Family Leisure Trips—curated family-friendly excursions designed to be both educational and fun. The initiative kicks off May 24 with itineraries that take families to Burbank and Orange County with tips on how to best use the train featuring downloadable worksheets and train-related activities. To access go to EXPLORE.

Loyal Explorers

Riders who are part of Metrolink’s SoCal Explorer rewards program can take advantage of special package deals and discounts on food, activities, accommodations and more offered by Metrolink’s program partners, including the brand-new Mission Pacific Hotel and the Seabird Inn in Oceanside. Visitsocalexplorer.metrolinktrains.comto sign up today. Join the conversation on summer fun using #MetrolinkDayTrip and #ExploreWithMetrolink on Metrolink’s socials.

ABOUT METROLINK (metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California's regional passenger rail service enabling people to connect to their jobs and explore all that the region has to offer. Prior to the pandemic, Metrolink has 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. Metrolink is the largest passenger rail agency in California and the third largest in the United States operating seven lines along a 538-mile network that travels across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.