US: Metrolink Arrow to Commence Service in San Bernardino County

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) and Metrolink are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Arrow service, which is scheduled to start operations on Monday 24 October.

The ribbon cutting will take place on Friday 21 October at the historic Redlands – Downtown Station in California.

Work on delivering this new service has been ongoing for more than a decade and has included constructing new tracks, enhanced street crossings, quiet zones and five stations along a 9-mile route between downtown San Bernardino and downtown Redlands.

Metrolink Arrow
The new Arrow service is scheduled to start on Monday 24 Oct

The Arrow is set to bring a rail service to one of California’s busiest transportation corridors and will connect the East Valley of San Bernardino County to a multi-modal transit hub.

Art Bishop, President of the SBCTA Board and Mayor pro Tem of the Town of Apple Valley said:

“The launch of Arrow signals the next generation of passenger rail service across our region. This clean-air service will help to improve air quality while providing direct access to the Metrolink system for tens of thousands of additional riders in one of the fastest-growing population and economic centres in the nation.”

The Arrow will be operated by Metrolink and will serve five new stations: San Bernardino – Downtown Station, San Bernardino – Tippecanoe Station, Redlands – Esri Station, Redlands – Downtown Station, and Redlands – University Station.

Metrolink Board Vice-Chair and SBCTA Board Member Larry McCallon said:

“The launch of Arrow is monumental for both San Bernardino County and the Southern California region. The effort of SBCTA and Metrolink to complete a project of this magnitude is tremendous. By extending passenger rail service to Redlands with new, modern and eco-friendly trains, the agencies are fulfilling commitments to not only provide Southern California residents with greater regional rail connectivity, but also meet California’s aggressive climate-improvement goals.”

This route will be the first in the US to feature a hydrogen train in passenger service (due to start carrying passengers in 2024). Manufactured by Stadler Rail, the FLIRT H2 was on display at InnoTrans last month.

The other trains operating on this route are Stadler-manufactured diesel-electric multiple units.

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