Since 1992 Metrolink has provided Southern California commuters with reliable and affordable rail service along its more than 500-mile rail system. Serving more than 50 stations along seven routes in six counties, Metrolink reaches from Ventura to Oceanside, Los Angeles to San Bernardino. In a region where the personal automobile has long been the dominant form of transportation, Metrolink has, in a relatively short time, racked up more than 100 million riders, placing it among the nation’s fastest growing commuter rail services.
Many of these rail passengers travel through Fullerton on a daily basis. On any given workday, an average of 3,000 commuters travel through the Fullerton Transportation Center, making it the busiest stop along Metrolink’s Orange County route. Ridership along the route grew in 2006 by a record 11 percent over the preceding year. By the year 2020, the anticipated number of Fullerton’s boardings and alightings (the amount of commuters either getting on or off a train) is expected to grow to a daily average of 4,000. In response to this projected increase in demand, Metrolink is scheduled to increase its service over the next few years, with a train going through the Fullerton station every 30 minutes before the end of the decade.