Why the 25-percent discount on Metrolink’s Perris Valley line is staying
By Imran Ghori
A 25 percent discount on Metrolink’s Perris Valley Line will continue indefinitely because officials say it has helped boost ridership.
Metrolink began offering the reduced fare in December 2016 — six months after it opened the 24-mile extension of the 91 line that connects Riverside, Fullerton and Los Angeles. It was initially offered for six months and then continued for another six months.
The discount is for riders who board at one of the four new stations in Riverside’s Hunter Park area, Moreno Valley, Perris or southern Perris.
The Riverside County Transportation Commission, which funded the $248 million project and is part of the joint powers agency that oversees Metrolink, is paying for the discount. The agency began do so after the Perris Valley Line had a sluggish launch with low ridership figures.
Officials say the the discount has helped attract more riders. Metrolink has offered a similar discount for its Antelope Valley Line in Los Angeles County.
“We just want to build on the momentum we have going,” Metrolink spokesman Christopher Gutierrez said. “The discount has been a good thing for a lot of people.”
In December 2016, the line had 9,258 trips for the month, Metrolink figures show. In May 2017, it had a high of 16,936 trips, while in October and November, the line had 13,345 and 13,172 trips, respectively. December’s numbers dipped to 10,895, but officials attributed that to the holiday season.
John Standiford, the commission’s deputy executive director, said the agency hopes to work with Metrolink on adding more train service to the line and will monitor the ridership numbers and the continued discount on a regular basis.
“We are seeing an increase and I think we’ll see an increase if we add more trains to it,” he said. “After a slow start, we’re starting to see the potential of […]