Report and Photos by Noel T. Braymer

After waiting 32 years to ride the old Pacific Electric Line on Exposition Blvd, waiting one more month after it opened to finally ride it when I had some time seemed typical. I was able to get up early and even out the door by 7AM. I like to ride Metrolink Train 850 that leaves at 7:35 out of Oceanside for Riverside. I get to sleep in a little longer, the train is not crowded and it has connections to trains both for LAUS as well San Bernardino. One problem with riding the 850 has been that if I tried to get a direct ticket to either Los Angeles or San Bernardino the ticket machine would tell me that Metrolink doesn’t have a train going to either places at that time. The tickets are only valid for 3 hours after purchase.  So I usually buy a ticket to a station where I will get off to buy a second ticket to my final destination and wait for my connection. Well as we were getting ready to leave the conductor made an announcement telling passengers they could make connections to the other trains at any point between Laguna Niguel / Mission Viejo and Orange and to show the ticket of your destination when she inspected your ticket. When she came by to check my tickets I asked her how I could get a single ticket with a transfer to a second train. She pointed out that when the ticket machine tells you there are no trains available for that location  you can override the ticket machine and get the ticket. I didn’t know that. I wonder how many people are not aware of this. It is a pet peeve of mine that the ticket machines don’t “know” what connections are possible so it discourages people from using them.

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eNewsletter for May 29, 2012   June 1st, 2012

The California State Automobile Association estimates that 4.2 million Californians will travel more than 50 miles this holiday weekend….About 200,000 people will travel by rail, bus, watercraft or other modes, down 12 percent from last year. Where are the extra trains to carry more people on the Holidays? NB

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