Metrolink’s 91/Perris Valley Line Now Open

Two stops are adjacent to UC buildings

Metrolink has opened the 91/Perris Valley Line service, which extends service 24 miles from the Riverside–Downtown Station to South Perris. The extension will provide access to Metrolink service for residents in Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, San Jacinto, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.

Metrolink has opened the 91/Perris Valley Line service, which extends service 24 miles from the Riverside–Downtown Station to South Perris. The extension will provide access to Metrolink service for residents in Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, San Jacinto, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.

Two stops are adjacent to UC buildings; the Riverside-Hunter Park stop, three miles from UC Riverside, is next to the College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). The Moreno Valley/March Field stop is adjacent to the UCPath Center (the University of California system’s shared services center serving UC’s 10 campuses and five medical centers). An Riverside Transit Agency shuttle will service the Hunter Park station and stop at UCR’s Bannockburn center every 10 minutes. Like all RTA buses, the shuttle will be free for students with a UCR ID.

The other two newly opened stations are Perris-Downtown and Perris-South.

To promote local travel, Metrolink is offering discounted fares along the 91/Perris Valley Line extension for the first six months of operation; within Riverside County a round trip fare will cost $10. Tickets starting at one of the new stations and traveling outside of Riverside County will be on sale at a 10 percent discount.

Starting January 1, Metrolink fares will also change. Short-distance fares will cost $3 between two adjacent stations, and $1.50 for senior riders. There will still be a 25 percent student discount

Other new innovations include a soon-to-launch mobile ticketing smart phone application for passengers to purchase fares from their cell phones.

The 91/Perris Valley Line is the first new Metrolink line since 1994. Its tracks run along the base of the Box Springs mountain, close to hiking trails by the “C.” To prevent accidents, pedestrians are reminded that the only safe place to cross tracks are at designated public crossings.

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