The San Jacinto Branch Line Commuter Rail (Perris Valley Line) Project is a 24 mile extension of the Metrolink 91 Line, currently providing service from Riverside to Fullerton and downtown Los Angeles. The extension would begin at a junction with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line, north of the city of Riverside and turn southeast along the San Jacinto Branch Line. The terminus of the Line is in the City of Perris at Route 74 and Ethanac Road in Perris. Service is expected to open in mid-2015 and is expected to carry more than 4,000 passengers per day.
The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) welcomed Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan to Perris on Monday to award $75 million in federal grant funding for the $247 million Perris Valley Line extension of Metrolink. During a formal ceremony held at the Perris Transit Center, Ms. McMillan was joined by local Congressmen Mark Takano and Ken Calvert, who both sought funding for the project. A number of local officials also participated in the formal grant signing ceremony.
The San Jacinto Branch Line, purchased by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) in 1993, which runs parallel to I‑215, is one of the most heavily traveled and congested freeways in the region.
Upon start up, the Perris Valley Line Project will have four new stations. It will operate through three cities (Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris), bringing commuter rail service to major employment centers. The project will also provide communities such as Hemet, San Jacinto, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Wildomar and Temecula closer access to the Southern California commuter rail network.
The Perris Valley Line will operate primarily on track used as a freight rail line for more than 120 years. Establishing Metrolink service on this track will transfer the responsibility of track maintenance, repair and the upkeep of rail right of way away from privately-owned railroad to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), the public agency that operates Metrolink.
RCTC is a member of SCRRA and is overseen by local, elected officials who hold regular public meetings and are accessible to respond to community concerns.