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GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
FOR LAGUNA NIGUEL - MISSION VIEJO
NEW METROLINK STATION
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2002
OCTA, Metrolink Laguna Niguel, and Mission Viejo Officials To
Officially Open New $9.8 Million Commuter Rail Facility
http://www.trainweb.com/news/2002/2002e24a.html

WHO:
OCTA, Metrolink, Laguna Niguel, and Mission Viejo City Officials including:


OCTA Board Member/Metrolink Board Member Tom Wilson


Mission Viejo Mayor Susan Withrow


Mission Viejo Mayor Joe Brown


Caltrans District 12 Director Cindy Quon

WHAT:
Local officials to formally open new Laguna Niguel - Mission Viejo Metrolink Commuter Rail Station.

WHEN:
Friday, May 24 at 8:45 A.M.

WHERE:
28200 Forbes Road, Laguna Niguel (South of Crown Valley Parkway between San Joaquin Hills Toll Road (73) and I-5 Freeway).

BACKGROUND:
Service at the new $9.8 million Metrolink station started late last month. This event celebrates its official grand opening. It is Metrolink's 10th commuter rail station in Orange County.

LAGUNA NIGUEL / MISSION VIEJO
METROLINK STATION OFFICIALLY OPENS
OCTA, Metrolink, Local Officials Unveil New $9.8 Million Facility That Will
Serve 19 Daily Metrolink Commuter Trains On Two Different Lines

LAGUNA NIGUEL -- The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Metrolink, and representatives from the cities of Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo officially opened Metrolink's newest commuter rail station today. The station, Metrolink's 10th in Orange County, will serve a total of 19 trains per day and will help relieve congestion at the popular Irvine and San Juan Capistrano stops.

The $9.8 million facility is located on Forbes Road, near the intersection of San Joaquin Hills Toll Road (73) and the I-5 Freeway. Its construction was funded by OCTA with Measure M 1/2 cent sales tax funds, and financial assistance from Caltrans and the cities of Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.

"The new Laguna Niguel / Mission Viejo Metrolink station will provide much-needed relief for overcrowding and parking challenges at our neighboring Metrolink facilities," said OCTA Chairman & County Supervisor Todd Spitzer. "This is just one of several projects OCTA is facilitating in its effort to expand Metrolink service in Orange County."

Both Metrolink's Orange County Line, which runs between Los Angeles and Oceanside, and its Inland Empire / Orange County Line, which runs between San Bernardino and Oceanside, will serve the new facility.

The station features 323 parking spaces, four electric-vehicle charging stations, a pedestrian underpass, and two 600-foot rail platforms. Additional amenities include bicycle racks and lockers, benches, an information kiosk, automated ticket vending machines, trash cans, newspaper racks, landscaping and outside lighting.

OCTA and Metrolink plan to open two additional stations in Buena Park and Yorba Linda in the spring of 2004 and 2005, respectively. Earlier this month, OCTA marked the start of Metrolink's new "91 Line", which provides direct service between Riverside - Fullerton - Los Angeles and becomes the third Metrolink line to serve Orange County.

Metrolink is the Southland's regional commuter rail system operated by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority formed in 1991. It services the six counties of Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, San Diego and San Bernardino, traveling across more than 416 miles of rail -- 87 miles of which are within Orange County.

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)
550 South Main Street, P.O. Box 14184, Orange, California 92863-1584
714-560-6282 (714-560-OCTA)


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