The new 91/PVL Metrolink extension will provide multiple benefits to commuters and the region:
The 91/PVL is projected to serve 4,350 daily riders, eliminating thousands of vehicle trips each day on Interstate 215, State Route 60, Interstate 15, and State Route 91. The 91/PVL provides commuters with a convenient, safe, and traffic-free alternative to freeway driving.
Safety is the utmost importance to RCTC and Metrolink. Through the 91/PVL Project, safety upgrades were made to at-grade crossings. These upgrades include flashing warning devices, gates, raised center medians, striping, signs and paving markings. The project also added pedestrian crosswalks to two railroad crossings and due to safety concerns, the crossing at the junction of Poarch Road and Gernert Road near Watkins Avenue in Riverside was closed, except to emergency vehicles. The 6th Street crossing in Perris also was closed.
Track upgrades will be made, which will result in less noise and vibration from both Metrolionk and freight trains. Noise also is mitigated by sound walls in specific areas. In addition, the 91/PVL has provided infrastructure to allow the City of Riverside to establish "Quiet Zones" at certain locations. In Quiet Zones, railroads no longer sound their train horns when approaching grade crossings, except during emergencies or to comply with railroad regulations.
Enhanced air quality
Metrolink, along with regional and local bus services, provides an environmentally-friendly and energy efficient alternative to driving alone. Metrolink is in full compliance with South Coast Air Quality Management District regulations and employs measures to enhance air quality throughout the region. Measures include minimal locomotive idling, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions. For more information about Metrolink’s sustainability practices, please click here.
The project is estimated to have created approximately 4,400 direct and indirect jobs. Metrolink also has the potential to spur the local economy and job market by attracting potential employers to locate near new rail stations.