The Point: Station improvements continue – travelers are encouraged to plan for this weekend’s closures of Perris, Moreno Valley, and Riverside stations

On Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, a closure of the 91/Perris Valley Line is scheduled to safely allow crews to continue their work on the Moreno Valley/March Field Station Improvement Projects. As part of the project, numerous future service enhancements will be made including train switch upgrades, signal enhancements, drainage improvements, and track upgrades. 

The scheduled two-day shutdown will affect the Perris-South, Perris-Downtown, Moreno Valley/March Field, and Riverside-Hunter Park stations. Passenger rail services will not be available for the closures, but Metrolink will provide alternate bus transportation for passengers travelling to destinations serviced by the 91/Perris Valley Line.   

The Riverside-Downtown, Riverside-La Sierra, Corona-North Main, and Corona-West stations will maintain their standard Saturday and Sunday operating schedules. Riverside Transit Agency and other transit services operating out of the affected stations will also continue their standard Saturday and Sunday schedules.  

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Construction of the Moreno Valley/March Field Station Improvement Project began in October 2022. Key project elements include: 

  • Adding a second passenger train platform 
  • Extending the existing platform to accommodate the length of the standard Metrolink six-car trains. 
  • Upgrading 2 ½ miles of track for the future nine-mile double-track corridor south of the station.  

The Moreno Valley/March Field Improvement Stations Project is part of RCTC’s goal of increasing passenger rail service to relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality in the region. The project is also part of Metrolink’s Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) program, which aims to upgrade the Metrolink system in time for the 2028 Olympics and Paralympics Games. 

Project funding is provided by a combination of local and federal transportation sources, including a $32 million Federal Transit Administration grant and Riverside County’s voter-approved Measure A. 

The project is anticipated to be completed this year. For more information, visit the project webpage at