|Ventura County Line|
|Locale||Greater Los Angeles Area and Ventura County|
|Termini||Los Angeles Union Station|
|Type||Commuter rail line|
|Daily ridership||3,950 (2012)|
|Line length||70.9 miles (114.1 km) (average length between stations: 6.445 miles)|
|Character||Elevated and surface-level|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in)|
|Operating speed||39.22 mph (63.12 km/h) (average for trains that travel the full line length on Mon-Fri)|
The Metrolink Ventura County Line is a commuter rail line serving Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles, in the Southern California system. The line is the successor of the short lived CalTrain commuter rail line.
Metrolink trains on the Ventura County Line ran weekdays only until Saturday service was added on May 29th 2021, mostly during peak commuter hours, and so with limited midday service. From Union Station to Downtown Los Angeles (as of July 2011[update]):
Service is augmented during midday and on weekends by the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner line, serving most of the Metrolink stations on the Ventura County Line.
Additional airport shuttle service operates between Union Station and Burbank Airport–South station as the Hollywood Burbank Airport Line—BUR. Metrolink numbers Airport Line trains in the 900 series.
The line operates between Moorpark and Los Angeles Union Station on tracks owned by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – the Ventura Subdivision from Moorpark to Burbank Airport and the Valley Subdivision, the Valley Subdivision from Burbank to Glendale, becoming the River Subdivision into Los Angeles Union Station. It uses the Coast Line of the Union Pacific Railroad between Moorpark and Oxnard and into Ventura where the Santa Paula Branch splits from the rest of the Coast Line. The East Ventura Station and layover facility are on the Santa Paula branch line.
See also: CalTrain
The railway was originally constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad as their Coast Line, connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. The Montalvo Cutoff between Burbank and Ventura via the Simi Valley was built in 1904, bypassing the old line further to the north. Caltrans ran commuter rail service over the line very briefly in 1982 and 1983, but CalTrain was unsustainable due to a number of factors.
In 1990 the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, predecessor of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, acquired a portion of the right of way between Los Angeles and Moorpark from Southern Pacific and transferred it to the newly formed Southern California Regional Rail Authority for commuter service. The line began operations in 1992 as one of Metrolink's original three routes, with service from Moorpark to Los Angeles Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Service was extended to Camarillo and Oxnard in 1994 after the Northridge earthquake, then to East Ventura in 2002.
A trial service on Saturday was tried in 2020 for this normally weekday only line. Weekend service began on May 29, 2021, with one round trip between Moorpark and LA on Saturdays. Amtrak operates through the corridor on Sundays.
Main article: 2008 Chatsworth train collision
At 4:23 p.m. on September 12, 2008, 25 people were killed in a collision between Metrolink commuter train 111 and a freight train. At least 130 people were injured, with at least one dying later at a hospital. The crash occurred on the Ventura County Line near Heather Lee Lane, south of the Ronald Reagan Freeway(SR-118) and east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Both locomotives, the leading car of the commuter train, and seven cars of the freight train were derailed.
Main article: 2015 Oxnard train derailment
On February 24, 2015, according to Oxnard Police Sergeant Denise Shadinger, a Metrolink commuter train traveling from Ventura County to Los Angeles hit a road vehicle near Oxnard, California; she initially said there was an unspecified number of injuries. The incident was reported at 5:44 A.M. Three cars derailed, at least one vehicle was fully engulfed at some point, and the three derailed cars were on their sides; the locomotive was still upright. Little but scorched, mangled wreckage in an intersection and on the tracks was left of the truck; Oxnard Fire Department battalion chief Sergio Martinez said the driver fled the scene unhurt but was found and taken into custody. News helicopters and footage from ABC affiliate KABC showed footage of triage tarps lying in the 5th Street (SR 34) where on-scene firefighters were treating victims and monitoring the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), in a tweet, acknowledged the incident and stated they were launching an investigation. The train engineer died a week later and 29 others were injured. A week after the incident, an Amtrak train collided with a vehicle in the same area as the first crash.
|Oxnard||Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner||Oxnard|
|Camarillo||Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner||Camarillo|
|Moorpark||Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner||Moorpark|
|Simi Valley||Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner||Simi Valley|
|Chatsworth|| Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner
Metro: G Line
|Chatsworth||Los Angeles County|
|Van Nuys||Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner||Van Nuys|
|Burbank Airport–South|| Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner
Walkway to Hollywood Burbank Airport
|Burbank–Downtown||Metrolink: Antelope Valley|
|Glendale|| Metrolink: Antelope Valley
Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner
|L.A. Union Station|| Metrolink: 91/Perris Valley Antelope Valley Orange County Riverside San Bernardino
Amtrak: Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle
Metro: B Line D Line J Line L Line
FlyAway to LAX