The Point: Train riders will be able to use more than 400 new parking spaces

Construction is under way to expand the Riverside-La Sierra Metrolink Station, making it easier for train riders and other transit users to access the station and park before continuing their commutes. Work began this spring and is expected to be completed this fall.

The project will add 442 parking spaces, six new bus bays, and a signalized driveway onto Indiana Avenue. The expansion is taking place northeast of the existing station on a 4.69-acre vacant lot between State Route 91 and Indiana Avenue. The Riverside County Transportation Commission owns the vacant lot. RCTC also owns and operates all of the Metrolink stations in Riverside County.

The new bus bays will support the Riverside Transit Agency’s CommuterLink Express service, which began operations in January. As part of the 91 Project, RCTC made a commitment for multimodal options, and RTA’s Route 200 uses the 91 Express Lanes to carry riders on express buses between Riverside and Orange. The Riverside-La Sierra Station, located just east of the 91 Express Lanes, offers a convenient location to board the CommuterLink Express.

Crews for the station expansion have completed the asphalt-concrete work, which will be followed by the placement of pavers for the parking spaces. Crews currently are building the concrete curb and sidewalk and the east side of the bus aisle. Work on the traffic signal is scheduled to start in August.

For questions about the project or the Metrolink station, please contact RCTC at info@rctc.org.

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