FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2015
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713; Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697
State Awards $1.6 Million in Grant Funds To Support Pacific Surfliner Transit Transfer Program
Program will allow more seamless transfers between Pacific Surfliner and 12 connecting local transit services
ORANGE – The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) today announced the allocation of $1.675 million to the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency (Agency) to initiate a one-year pilot program that will allow Pacific Surfliner intercity rail passengers to transfer more seamlessly to connecting local bus and rail services.
The Pacific Surfliner transit transfer program, funded with cap-and-trade dollars through the state’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, will provide free or discounted transfers between state-funded Pacific Surfliner trains and 12 connecting local transit providers at 27 stations along the 351-mile LOSSAN rail corridor through the counties of San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
“The Pacific Surfliner transit transfer program will make it easier for our passengers to utilize public transit to get to and from Pacific Surfliner stations, encouraging increased ridership on both rail and transit services, said LOSSAN Chairman David Golonski. “As a result, it will help to reduce vehicle miles traveled and resultant greenhouse gas emissions in our region.”
Public transit providers expected to participate in the program include the North County Transit District, Orange County Transportation Authority, Anaheim Resort Transit,
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, VISTA, Gold Coast Transit, Simi Valley Transit, Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District, Guadalupe Flyer, San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, San Luis Obispo Transit (City of San Luis Obispo) and South County Transit (San Luis Obispo County).
The Pacific Surfliner is the second busiest Amtrak route in the nation, serving 2.7 million annual passengers with 23 daily trains. The LOSSAN Agency is a joint powers authority composed of rail owners and operators along the entire LOSSAN rail corridor. In addition to working to improve passenger rail ridership, revenue, on-time performance, operational flexibility, and safety, the LOSSAN Agency will assume management responsibility for the Pacific Surfliner service in July 2015, following the execution of an interagency transfer agreement with the state of California.
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