Coachella Valley Rail

Transforming Travel

In July 2022, the Riverside County Transportation Commission unanimously certified the Tier 1 program-level environmental document, which studied daily intercity passenger rail service between Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley. RCTC and Caltrans now are seeking funding for the Tier 2 project-level environmental studies. A Tier 2 study will include an analysis of detailed engineering and environmental topics, helping to move the project closer to construction.

This service will transform, connect, promote sustainability, create access and equity, expand economic investment and tourism, and offer more travel choices across the U.S. for residents of our rapidly growing region. 

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Collage of Coachella Valley Rail Project Landmarks
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Why Coachella Valley Rail?


Daily intercity passenger rail service will transform the way southern California residents travel, creating a car-free, stress-free option between major destinations, from downtown lights to desert delights.

Economic Investment

The new service will expand the regional economy by opening travel options and connections to restaurants, resorts, concert venues, sports facilities, and commercial and retail centers across the southland.


Expanded train service will reduce vehicle miles traveled, generating fewer emissions and combating climate change through improved air quality and public health.

Access and Equity

Service will promote equity in a long-underserved region by providing new access to employment, education, and recreational opportunities.

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Los Angeles Union Station


The service will support tourism regionwide, bringing people together from around the globe.

Population Growth

The Inland Empire is the fastest growing county in California and one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S., highlighting the important need for expanded service.

Regional Connections

Service will link L.A. Union Station and the Coachella Valley, connecting riders 144 miles across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside.

California and Beyond

California & Beyond

CV Rail makes up a large segment of Amtrak’s planned Tucson-Phoenix-Los Angeles corridor with connections to San Diego, Santa Barbara, the Pacific Northwest, and Arizona.

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Palm Springs

By the Numbers


Route Length


# of Proposed Stations


Inland Empire Population


San Gorgonio Pass Travelers


Running Time Between LA & Coachella Valley


The Riverside County Transportation Commission is seeking state and federal funding for the Tier-2 project-level environmental studies of the Coachella Valley Rail Project. This project would offer daily intercity passenger rail service between Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley and enhance economic development, equity, mobility, and promote sustainability throughout Southern California. Register your support below to include your name in RCTC’s applications for federal funding assistance.

Grant Supporters

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians / Alianza / Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) / Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes, 60th District / Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, 56th District / Assembly Member Chad Mayes, 42nd District / Assembly Member Jose Medina, 61st District / Assembly Member Kelly Seyarto, 67th District / Black Chamber of Commerce / California Environmental Voters Education Fund / Calimesa Chamber of Commerce / City of Banning / City of Beaumont / City of Calimesa / City of Cathedral City / City of Coachella / City of Corona / City of Desert Hot Springs / City of Hemet / City of Indian Wells / City of Indio / City of Jurupa Valley / City of Menifee / City of Norco / City of Palm Desert / City of Palm Springs / City of Perris / City of Rancho Mirage / City of Riverside / City of Temecula / City of Wildomar / County of Riverside / Coachella Valley Association of Governments / Coachella Valley Economic Partnership / Desert Business Association, The LGBTQ Chamber of the Coachella Valley / Desert Access and Mobility, Inc. / Desert Valleys Builders Association / Gardens on El Paseo / Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce / Inland Empire Economic Partnership / Inland Equity Community Land Trust / LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency / Metrolink (Southern California Regional Rail Authority) / Mobility 21 / Orange County Business Council / Orange County Transportation Authority / Palm Springs Hospitality Association / Rail Passengers Association of California and Nevada / Representative Ken Calvert, 42nd District / Representative Darrell Issa, 50th District / Representative Raul Ruiz, MD, 36th District / Representative Mark Takano, 41st District / Riverside County Transportation Commission / Riverside Transit Agency / Senator Melissa Melendez, 28th Senate District / Senator Richard D. Roth, 31st District / Southern California Association of Governments / Thousand Palms Chamber of Commerce / U.S. Senator Alex Padilla / U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein / Visit Greater Palm Springs / Western Riverside Council of Governments