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Metrolink Opens Expanded Vincent Grade/Acton Station

With a historic train as a backdrop, Metrolink in Los Angeles recently hosted a ceremony at its upgraded Vincent Grade/Acton Station to unveil the station’s second platform, pedestrian at-grade crossing, 5,000-foot extension to the Vincent siding and other improvements.

“We will see enhanced safety, reduced idling and emissions, as well as shorter commutes and fewer service delays,” Metrolink Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy said at the event. The improvements were funded by Los Angeles Metro, Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission.

In keeping with the “old West” design theme of the Antelope Valley Line station, which recognizes Acton’s past as a mining town, Metrolink provided a photo booth so guests could pose for a “wanted” poster. The San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society (SBRHS) provided the pristine steam locomotive, which made a 120-mile round trip to and from the event. According to SBRHS President Warren Peterson, the Sante Fe 3751 was the “first steam locomotive to travel north of Los Angeles in 24 years.”

Metrolink, a commuter rail agency, operates on seven lines with 59 stations and provides 44,000 daily boardings over a 536 route-mile network.

Metrolink CEO Art Leahy hosted ceremonies marking the completion of improvements at the commuter rail system’s Vincent Grade/Acton Station.

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