At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 21, Metrolink and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority mark the debut of the new Arrow commuter rail service which will link the historic San Bernardino Depot with new destinations to the east in Redlands.
Planned for more than a decade, the nine-mile rail line includes new tracks with upgraded street crossings and quiet zones. And unlike other trains on Metrolink's more than 500-mile network, the Arrow service will utilize diesel multiple units, smaller vehicles which are of similar in scale to light rail trains, and can later be upgraded to a zero-emissions technology.
In addition to its stop at the San Bernardino Depot, the new rail line will include four additional stations:
- San Bernardino – Tippecanoe Station located between Victoria Avenue and Hardt Street;
- Redlands – Esri Station across from the headquarters campus of GIS software maker Esri;
- Redlands – Downtown Station just north of the historic Redlands Santa Fe Depot; and
- Redlands – University Station at the south end of the University of Redlands campus.
“The launch of Arrow signals the next generation of passenger rail service across our region," said San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Board chair and Apple Valley Mayor pro Tem Art Bishop in a news release. "This clean-air service will help to improve air quality while providing direct access to the Metrolink system for tens of thousands of additional riders in one of the fastest-growing population and economic centers in the nation."
The new service launches today, October 24. Arrow will offer roughly 20 daily trips, according to its schedule.
Metrolink will operate the Arrow, which will connect with the rail system's San Bernardino and Inland Empire-Orange County Lines. Schedule and fare information can be found at metrolinktrains.com/arrow.