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Metrolink to launch two express lines


Metrolink’s board has approved a new express train pilot program on the Antelope Valley and San Bernardino, Calif., lines that will reduce stops to cut travel time for commuters.

Starting May 9, the San Bernardino Line, which currently has 13 stops, will make only four stops: San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Covina and Los Angeles Union Station. The Antelope Line, which currently has 11 stops, also will make only four stops: Palmdale, Santa Clarita, downtown Burbank and Los Angeles Union Station.

"By reducing the number of stops, commuters will save an hour on each round trip," said Metrolink Chairman Richard Katz in a prepared statement. "This translates to five hours a week and 20 hours a month."

Metrolink chose its two busiest lines for the first express trains. The stops chosen were based on ridership, available parking and location on the line, Metrolink officials said. If the project is successful, the agency plans to add more express routes.

"In addition to saving our customers time, we hope to attract new commuters who appreciate the time savings and convenience, especially in the face of rising gas prices," said San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris, who serves as Metrolink's vice chairman.

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