Metrolink FTL

You guys remember a while back when I posted about my awesome trip to The Valley aboard the Metrolink? I even had another one just a couple months ago where I utilized the Gold Line to Pasadena! Both trips were fairly easy and made it so I didn’t have to drive through traffic. However, I had to plan a few days ahead of time, because as I’ve mentioned, Metrolink doesn’t exactly have a “regular” schedule. Well today Metrolink let me down not once, but twice.

To hear the reason, just follow the jump…See, my mom is having a minor medical procedure today and wants me to be there.  This puts me having to be in Burbank by 12 and probably coming home at peak rush hour times.  I thought, what better way to avoid traffic than the trains right?  Well, since Metrolink has such a small window of trains to LA, I would have to leave here before 9am, putting me in Burbank 2 hours ahead of schedule!  While normally this might not be a huge problem, I have errands this morning.  I realize it’s not the end of the world, but still.  Why are there NO trains to LA between the hours of 9am and 4:30pm?!? WTF??

The other plan I thought I had all figured out was Thanksgiving.  Being that my family lives in Burbank and the wiffey’s family live in Dana Point, Holidays require a bit of driving.  But then I thought, of course!  The Metrolink!  They’ve been so awesome in the past!  So after my failed trip for today, I looked for Thursday.  Turns out there are only 2 lines running that day.  Antelope Valley and San Bernadino.  Well what about the rest of us??  I can understand if they were running a super condensed schedule, but give us something!

So after these last 2 failures, my score with Metrolink lies at 2-2.  I’ll be posting later about the Metrolink “Holiday Toy Express.”  Maybe that will be good enough to give another good point, but I’m not so sure.

Have you ever been let down by Metrolink’s lame train schedule??  Share!

PS- Sorry for my absence lately.  Finishing up my 3rd semester of nursing school and it’s been quite the battle.  I’ll be back in full force before Christmas!!

5 Comments so far

  1. pittrollie (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2009 @ 10:31 am

    Geez, that really is lame. Is there a reason why there are no Metrolink trains running between OC and LA on Thanksgiving Day?

    It also seems weird that there is no train that runs during the middle of the day. What if you take the train to work, but want to work a half day? No wonder SoCal traffic is so screwed up.


  2. frazgo on November 23rd, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

    We represent 1/8 the nations population and have the suckiest rail service. We deserve and need to start demanding we have a world class rail system to match our status in the world.

    Sorry your mass transit attempts were so miserable. Will you be trying it for LA Auto Show press days?


  3. Dave Share (daveshare) on November 23rd, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    Hmm….when are those? My guess is I’ll be studying my ass off at that point. I have tests the first 3 Thursdays of December. Yay me. :-P


  4. jupiter on November 24th, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

    There are no Metrolink trains between 9 am and 4:30 but there are Amtrack trains going from Irvine to LA. Trains leave Irvine at 9:47, 11:05, 12:28, 1:36 & 3:03 and get to union station about an hour later. (http://www.metrolinktrains.com/schedules/html.php?id=521) Of course it’s $10.75 more than Metrolink ($20 each way vs. $9.75 for Metrolink).

    Another idea is to drive to Long Beach and take the Metro Blue Line from the Willow Station which is right off of the 405 and has a large parking structure. It will cost you $2.50 and an hour (not including travel to Willow Station) to get to Union Station.


  5. Dave Share (daveshare) on November 24th, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

    Thanks for the tips Jupiter!!!!!



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