Chatsworth, CA
Amtrak, LA Metro and Metrolink station
Chatsworth Transportation Center station platform and building in November 2006
General information
Other namesChatsworth Transportation Center
Location10046 Old Depot Plaza Road
Chatsworth, California
United States
Coordinates34°15′10″N 118°35′58″W / 34.25278°N 118.59944°W / 34.25278; -118.59944
Owned byCity of Los Angeles
Line(s)SCRRA Ventura Subdivision[1]
Platforms2 side platforms (rail)
1 side platform (G Line)
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Parking609 spaces[3]
Bicycle facilitiesRacks and lockers[4]
AccessibleYes
Other information
StatusUnstaffed, platform with shelters
Station codeAmtrak: CWT
History
OpenedDecember 29, 1982 (December 29, 1982) (CalTrain)
June 26, 1988 (Amtrak)
October 26, 1992 (Metrolink)
June 30, 2012 (June 30, 2012) (G Line)
ClosedMarch 1, 1983 (CalTrain)
1992 (original Amtrak station)
Rebuilt1996
Passengers
FY 202238,654[5] (Amtrak only)
Services
Preceding station Amtrak Following station
Simi Valley Pacific Surfliner Van Nuys
toward San Diego
Northridge
(limited service)
toward San Diego
     Coast Starlight does not stop here
Preceding station Metrolink Following station
Simi Valley Ventura County Line Northridge
Preceding station Metro Busway Following station
Terminus G Line Nordhoff
Former services
Preceding station CalTrain Following station
Simi Valley
towards Oxnard
Los Angeles–Oxnard Panorama City
towards Los Angeles
Preceding station Southern Pacific Railroad Following station
Simi Valley Coast Line Northridge
Terminus Burbank Branch Owensmouth
toward Burbank
Location
Map

Chatsworth station (also known as Chatsworth Transportation Center) is an intermodal passenger transport station in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Chatsworth, United States. It is served by Amtrak inter-city rail service, Metrolink commuter rail service, Los Angeles Metro Busway bus rapid transit, and several transit bus operators.

Chatsworth station is served by ten Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains (five in each direction) every day, with departures evenly spaced throughout the day.[6] Sixteen Metrolink Ventura County Line trains (eight in each direction) serve the station each weekday, running during peak hours in the peak direction of travel. On weekends, four Metrolink Ventura County Line trains (two in each direction) serve the station. Metrolink passengers also have access to all Pacific Surfliner trains through a codesharing arrangement with Amtrak.[7]

It is also the northern terminus of the Metro G Line. The station is also served by Los Angeles Metro Bus and Simi Valley Transit local buses, plus Santa Clarita Transit and LADOT Commuter Express regional express bus routes.

The Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) opened its first Chatsworth station in 1893; SP service ended in the 1950s. CalTrain service from 1982 to 1983, and Amtrak service beginning in 1988, used a station located 1.2 miles (1.9 km) to the southeast. Metrolink service began in 1992 with a station near the former SP station site; Amtrak service soon moved there. A station building was completed in 1996, and bus rapid transit service began in 2012.

History

Orange Line platform at Chatsworth in 2015

The Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) opened a 22-mile (35 km) branch line from Burbank to Chatsworth in 1893.[8][9] The SP extended the branch westward in 1904, eventually forming the Coast Line.[8][9] The 1893-built station was a typical style: a two-story wooden depot with a longer one-story freight house. It was replaced with a similar larger station in 1910, though was left standing.[8] The original depot burned down in 1917; the newer station was demolished in 1962.[8][9]

An infill station opened in Chatsworth on the short-lived CalTrain line on December 29, 1982, only to close when service ended on March 2, 1983.[10][11] On June 26, 1988, Amtrak extended one San Diegan round trip to Santa Barbara, with the ex-CalTrain stop at Chatsworth reused as an intermediate stop.[12] The stop was located just east of DeSoto Avenue, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) southeast of the former SP station site.[9]

On October 26, 1992, Metrolink Ventura County Line service began.[13] The Metrolink station – a bare platform with small shelters – was located near the original station site; Amtrak soon moved its operations to the Metrolink station.[9] The Chatsworth Transportation Center, opened in 1996, was designed to echo the appearance of the 1893-built station. The 220-foot (67 m)-long structure cost $1.7 million.[9] The station originally had only a single side platform on the east (main) track; a second platform on the west (siding) track was later added.[1]

On June 30, 2012, LA Metro opened a 4-mile (6.4 km) extension of the Orange Line (now the G Line) busway, with Chatsworth as the northern terminus.[14]

Services

Station layout

Train platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Metrolink (California) Ventura County toward Ventura–East (Simi Valley)
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner toward San Luis Obispo (Simi Valley)
Amtrak Coast Starlight does not stop here
Eastbound Metrolink (California) Ventura County toward L.A. Union Station (Northridge)
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego (Van Nuys or Northridge)
Amtrak Coast Starlight does not stop here →
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Plaza Entrance/Exit, ticket vending machines, bus plaza, park and ride lot
Busway platform Side platform, doors will open on the right
Eastbound  G Line toward North Hollywood (Nordhoff)

Connections

As of June 23, 2023, the following connections are available:[15][2]

References

  1. ^ a b SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail Network Schematics" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 16.
  2. ^ a b "Connecting Amtrak Thruway Bus Service | Pacific Surfliner".
  3. ^ "Metro Parking Lots by Line". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "Secure Bike Parking on Metro" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 6, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year 2022: State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. June 2023. Retrieved August 30, 2023.
  6. ^ "Pacific Surfliner Timetable" (PDF). Pacific Surfliner. October 6, 2023. Retrieved November 6, 2023.
  7. ^ a b c d "Chatsworth Railroad History" (PDF). Chatsworth Historical Society. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Chatsworth, CA (CWT)". Great American Stations. Amtrak.
  9. ^ "State Officials Dedicate New Train Station". Oxnard Press-Courier. December 29, 1982. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "State PUC dumps commuter train". Santa Cruz Sentinel. March 13, 1983 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  11. ^ Rail Passenger Development Plan: 1988 Through 1993 Fiscal Years. California Department of Transportation – Division of Mass Transportation. 1988. p. 45 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "History of Metrolink". Southern California Regional Rail Authority. 2017.
  13. ^ Bloomekatz, Ari (June 27, 2012). "Orange Line busway is Metro's quiet success story". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ "G Line Timetable – Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 25, 2023. p. 2.

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