ALL>> The surf is up, as passengers can now travel with surfboards on Metrolink trains. Beginning this past weekend, Metrolink trains include surfboard storage netting on all its Bike/Surfboard Cars. Officials anticipate the modified cars will be popular with the thousands of people that take the train to the beach.
“This is a natural step for our service in making train travel a more convenient mode of transportation,” said Metrolink Board Chair and City of San Jacinto Council Member Andrew Kotyuk. “People have consistently taken our trains to the beach, while avoiding the congested freeways. We are excited that surfers will now have that option, too.”
In 2012, Metrolink first offered summer beach trains that would take weekend riders to Orange and San Diego county beaches. Today, trains with those beach connections are a part of Metrolink’s year-round regular service seven days a week.
“I applaud Metrolink for its commitment to improving access to public transportation,” said Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside). “When a young constituent of mine expressed the hope to one day ride the train with his surfboard to San Clemente, Metrolink promptly responded with the commitment to explore a change to its policy. I am pleased to see that surfers and bicyclists alike will be able to ride the train and fully take advantage of all our region has to offer.”
Along with beach destinations in San Clemente and Oceanside on the Inland Empire-Orange County Line and the Orange County Line, people can also transfer to the Metro light rail system at Union Station with their surfboards. Metro began allowing surfboards on its light rail system and subways with the start of Expo Line service to Santa Monica last year.
“As an avid surfer, I know that this addition to Metrolink service will be used by surfing enthusiasts,” said Borja Leon, Mayor Eric Garcetti's director of transportation and a Metrolink board member. “Biking and surfing are core activities in sunny Southern California. I too take my board and use this new service to avoid freeway traffic congestion and parking hassles, while easily accessing the beach.”
Bodyboards and Boogie Boards along with beach chairs, toys, umbrellas and ice chests are also allowed on Metrolink trains. Surfboards must not exceed 6 feet, four inches in length, while only five are allowed per storage area. There is one storage area per train. Reservations are not necessary. For a complete list of on-board policies, please go to metrolinktrains.com/howtoride.