The Antelope Valley Line Capacity and Service Improvements Program aims to improve Metrolink service, capacity and reliability along the 76.6-mile long AVL passenger rail corridor between Lancaster and downtown Los Angeles through the Antelope and San Fernando Valleys. As of February 2020, the AVL is typically Metrolink’s third busiest line with approximately 7,000 passengers per weekday and 15 daily round trips. Travel time between Lancaster and Los Angeles Union Station is approximately two hours with average train speeds of 40 miles per hour. By 2030, ridership along the AVL is anticipated in increase by 150% from 2019 ridership levels, attracting over 17,500 daily riders.
To accommodate this anticipated growth, Metro is planning operational improvements along the existing AVL corridor, including the installation of: 5.7 miles of double tracking, additional station platforms, quiet zone ready infrastructure and rail storage tracks. These improvements will allow for improved service frequency and reduced travel times between Los Angeles and the Antelope Valley. Additionally, the improvements will allow for train service every 30-minutes in each direction between Los Angeles Union Station and Santa Clarita Station and every 60-minutes between Santa Clarita Station and Lancaster Station. The program consists of four improvement sites:
- Burbank Airport-North Station to Sun Valley Station
- Sylmar/San Fernando Station to Newhall Station
- Santa Clarita Station
- Lancaster Station
This program is funded by Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grant funds and Measure M North County subregional funds, which provide $220.85 million dollars in funding. The environmental study process is anticipated to be completed as early as Spring 2021.