Metrolink Adds Train Service to San Fernando Valley CicLAvia this Sunday

Metrolink will run extra trains to this Sunday's CicLAvia - The Valley
Metrolink will run extra trains to this Sunday’s CicLAvia – The Valley. Map via CicLAvia

Good news! Metrolink will be running extra trains this Sunday so folks can get to CicLAvia – The Valley. This Sunday’s event will the first CicLAvia without an on-route connection to Metro rail. Participants can bike to CicLAvia from the Metro Red Line North Hollywood Station, but that is a 7-mile ride (about three miles on the Orange Line bike path) to the southern tip of the CicLAvia route at Van Nuys Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard.

The added Metrolink service means CicLAvia participants can board trains at downtown L.A.’s Union Station, get off at Van Nuys’ Metrolink Station, then bike (or walk) just 0.8 mile to CicLAvia.

Per Metro spokesperson Brett Thomas:

Metrolink will operate limited service on the Ventura County Line between Union Station and Van Nuys Station on Sunday, March 6, 2016, in support of CicLAvia – The Valley. The train will make all stops between the two stations and will offer two “Bike Cars” on each train. Ambassadors will be on the platform to guide participants to the event.

The Ventura line trains (which normally do not run on weekends) will operate on the following schedule this Sunday: 


  1. depart Union Station 8:55 a.m – arrive Van Nuys 9:25 a.m.
  2. depart Union Station 10:35 a.m. – arrive Van Nuys 11:05 a.m.


  1. depart Van Nuys 2:30 p.m. – arrive Union Station 3 p.m.
  2. depart Van Nuys 4:00 p.m. – arrive Union Station 4:30 p.m.

Metrolink’s bike cars hold dozens of bikes, but arrive early because they may well fill up this Sunday.



In addition to the special Union Station-Van Nuys trains, the route is also fairly easy to access via the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line, which will operate regular weekend service (six trains daily) between Union Station and Lancaster. The easiest Antelope Valley Line stop is Sylmar/San Fernando Station, which is a 2.5 mile all bike path ride to the route, or cyclists can ride 4 miles from the Sun Valley Station.

For more details on getting to the route, visit Getting to the Route on the CicLAvia website.


    Thank you very much Joe Linton for including us (pictures of our twitter post) in the article. We are super excited to see that Metrolink is running service out to the Valley’s CicLAvia this weekend. Great Job CicLAvia planners on working with Metrolink to provide service to Van Nuys this weekend. Rain or shine, we hope that riders will fill the trains with bicycles this weekend.

    We (bikecar101) are a non-profit group with a mission to advocate for and educate the public about bicycles on board trains (Metro and Metrolink). We started out specifically advocating for Metrolink, but are moving to include Metro trains too. If you are attending the CicLAvia this weekend and support bicycles on board trains — please help us bring exposure to the increased use of riders with bicycles on board. You can do this by taking photographs and post them on social media with the hashtags: #bikecar #bikesonboard #mindfulmobility . Also, you can mention us by including — @bikecar101 in your posts.

    Anytime that you are on the train with a bicycle or are on a train that is crowded with bicycles, feel free to snap a photo and tag us — to help build our library up. Thank you again for including us in the article Joe. We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend.

  • Lorenzo Mutia

    I really hope the rain happens after Ciclavia. The Northeast Valley gets its day in the sun and it’s forecasted to rain? I really hope everything goes well.

  • Phantom Commuter

    The bike car on the OC and 91 Line trains during weekday commutes is usually full of commuters sitting on the floor. No more bike cars !


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