Metrolink is looking at cutting some trains from its schedule as an alternative to a second fare increase, which riders are understandably against. A decision is expected at Friday’s board meeting, but a series of cuts was apparently outlined at the Nov. 13 meeting. Here’s a PDF of all of them. (Props to reader Hank Fung for forwarding me the link.)
You’ll have to compare the train numbers to the Metrolink schedule to figure out which trains may be cut. But here’s a shorthand version.
On the heavily used San Bernardino Line, two trains would be cut weekdays and two on Sundays. Four would be cut on Saturdays, including — sob! — the 11:30 p.m. train, the last one on the line and one that allows some of us to take the train to and from evening events in L.A. Ridership of that late train, which was launched in 2006, has always been light.
(You may recall that the initial 11:15 departure from Union Station eastward was changed to 11:30 after a column by yours truly about making a mad dash for the train after a play at the Ahmanson.)
In a welcome softening of the blow, the penultimate train, which leaves L.A. to head east at 9 p.m., will depart at 10 p.m. instead. Not a bad compromise.
Saturday trains would then leave Union Station at 3:25, 5:45 and 10 p.m.
As usual with the 909, progress comes as two steps forward, one step back.