Vision of Metrolink Stations and            Service Jack R. Widmeyer Transportation Research Conference                  F...
Metrolink• Joint powers authority formed to operate  commuter rail service in So. Calif. beginning  in late 1992• Provides...
Basic Challenges• Land use decisions for station locations  driven by location of available rail corridor  and property• M...
Metrolink’s Vision• Station is an opportunity to enhance the local  community  –   Residential  –   Retail  –   Commercial...
Village Green - Sylmar• A 186-unit project adjacent to the Sylmar/San  Fernando Metrolink multimodal transit station.• Com...
Village Green - Sylmar• Also includes a  child care center• 10% of buyers  became  Metrolink  commuters – 3%  was original...
Child Care in the Community• Where parents live  – Co-locating in/near housing, community/reccenters, schools• Where paren...
Kids Station - Montclair
Chatsworth Station Child Care           Center
Ongoing Programs• New Resident Program  – Targeted direct mail to new residents –buyers or    renters in selected areas ne...
Ongoing Programs• Developer Program  – Trial incentives to potential buyers  – Buyer reward incentives     • Monthly passe...
The Future?• Transit Village Concept  – Pedestrian friendly districts with frequent public    transit, taller buildings an...
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LTC, Jack R. Widmeyer Transportation Research Conference, Going to San Bernardino A Symposium on Intermodal Transit Stations and Transit-Oriented Design, 11/06/2009, Francisco Oaxaca

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LTC, Jack R. Widmeyer Transportation Research Conference, Going to San Bernardino A Symposium on Intermodal Transit Stations and Transit-Oriented Design, 11/06/2009, Francisco Oaxaca

  1. 1. Vision of Metrolink Stations and Service Jack R. Widmeyer Transportation Research Conference Francisco Oaxaca Metrolink November 6, 2009
  2. 2. Metrolink• Joint powers authority formed to operate commuter rail service in So. Calif. beginning in late 1992• Provides service in 6 counties on nearly 400 miles of track to 55 stations• Only operates train service• Does not own stations or parking lots
  3. 3. Basic Challenges• Land use decisions for station locations driven by location of available rail corridor and property• Metrolink only operates a single mode• Most station locations are not in ideal locations for TOD – in many cases major redevelopment would need to take place• Metrolink role has been defined to not include influencer of land use decisions
  4. 4. Metrolink’s Vision• Station is an opportunity to enhance the local community – Residential – Retail – Commercial/business – Passenger amenities • Child care centers• Cities should leverage having a station as much as possible
  5. 5. Village Green - Sylmar• A 186-unit project adjacent to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink multimodal transit station.• Completed at the end of 1998 and offered homes starting at $160,000.• Homes combined proximity to public transit with energy efficiency and sustainability features• Metrolink worked with developer to offer buyer incentives to try commuter train service – Free rides to try service – Buyers received up to two monthly passes
  6. 6. Village Green - Sylmar• Also includes a child care center• 10% of buyers became Metrolink commuters – 3% was original estimate
  7. 7. Child Care in the Community• Where parents live – Co-locating in/near housing, community/reccenters, schools• Where parents work• On commute route between… – at transit and convenient to major corridors
  8. 8. Kids Station - Montclair
  9. 9. Chatsworth Station Child Care Center
  10. 10. Ongoing Programs• New Resident Program – Targeted direct mail to new residents –buyers or renters in selected areas near Metrolink stations – Mailings include offers to try Metrolink service for free for a short time – Response rate roughly 3-4 times average for similar direct mail campaigns
  11. 11. Ongoing Programs• Developer Program – Trial incentives to potential buyers – Buyer reward incentives • Monthly passes jointly provided by developer and Metrolink to new homeowner – The Olson Company • Founders Walk in Buena Park • Depot Walk in Orange • SOCO Walk in Fullerton
  12. 12. The Future?• Transit Village Concept – Pedestrian friendly districts with frequent public transit, taller buildings and a mix of commercial and residential uses. • Lancaster • Corona • Fontana • San Bernardino • Perris • Riverside • Santa Clarita • Buena Park

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