Here are some new changes coming to the OC commute scene as soon as this weekend.
New Weekday service – Effective July 2, 2012
Two weekday round-trips will be added on the Orange County Line between Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and Fullerton.
Train 633 and train 635 will operate from Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo to Fullerton at 8:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively. Train 632 and 634 will operate from Fullerton to Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo at 10:00 a.m. and 1:35 p.m. respectively.
One round-trip will be added on the Inland Empire-Orange County Line between Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and Downtown Riverside.
Train 815 will originate out of Riverside-Downtown to Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo at 7:00 a.m. and train 812 will originate out of Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo to Riverside-Downtown at 3:30 p.m.
New Weekend Service – Effective July 7, 2012
Metrolink will operate two round-trips to Los Angeles and two round-trips to Oceanside on weekends.
The following trains will connect with Coaster trains at Oceanside on both Saturday and Sunday:
Train 660 with Coaster train 684, train 662 with Coaster train 688, train 666 with Coaster train 692. Train 665 with Coaster train 681, train 663 with Coaster train 685.
One round-trip will be added on the Inland Empire-Orange County Line between San Bernardino and Oceanside. There will be a new round-trip (857/858) from San Bernardino to Oceanside in addition to the existing 859/860 trains.
The new weekend service will operate year-round. See the new service schedules here.
There will be a Metrolink fare increase effective Sunday, July 1, 2012, but the Weekend Pass and OCLink Pass are not affected. Exact increases unknown at post time, but you may check their site for current rates.
Amtrak 10-trip tickets will no longer be accepted on Metrolink trains as part of the Rail 2 Rail program effective Sunday, July 1, 2012, so if you have some use them up tomorrow. Rail Trip!
There will be no Metrolink service in Orange County on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
OCTA stopped selling 15-day regular and 15-day senior/disabled passes in January 2012.
If you have a 15-day bus pass, please use it before the end of the year.
OCTA will stop accepting the 15-day bus passes on December 31, 2012.