Metrolink's Board will decide on the fate of IE-OC line weekend service tomorrow, as well as a host of other proposed service reductions and fare increases that could take effect as soon as February. They meet at 10:00 am tomorrow at 818 W. 7th St., 12th Floor, Los Angeles. Interested parties can join me aboard Riverside Line train #409, departing downtown Riverside at 8:15 am, or can catch San Bernardion Line train #317. Coronites and southern Riversiders can catch IE-OC Line train #809 and transfer at Orange to OC Line train #685. All of these trains end up at LA Union Station around 9:45, and from there it's a quick ride on the Metro Red Line (still free with your Metrolink ticket) to 7th/Metro Center, which is meeting-adjacent.
Reading through the agenda, it appears that some progress has been made on service changes. The Board is no longer considering canceling all OC or IE-OC Line weekend service: OC Line service will be cut in half, for a total of 4 round trips per day, and IE-OC Line service will be reduced to 1 round trip per day. Yes, you read that right, one trip per day. The specific cuts have yet to be identified, and Beach Train service remains safe. The San Bernardino Line may also lose Saturday trains 372, 373, 378, and 379, the 6pm run out of L.A. and the late-night run, and Sunday trains 356 and 361, a single round trip that runs around lunch hour.
The I.E. may also lose weekday service: IE-OC Line trains 852/853, a lunch hour round trip.
Interesting to note is that SCRRA, according to its own Board meeting agenda, has several million in unspent funding in its accounts left over from prior budget years, more than enough to cover this budget shortfall three times over. However, due to the constraints of the agency's structure, to actually spend that money would take actions from the various county transportation commissions to permit them to do that. County transportation commissions are hurting right now, and they may very well simply ask for that money back. We should encourage SCRRA, SANBAG and RCTC to do the right thing with that money- spend it on running trains.