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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library and Archives
    Title: Metrolink collection
    creator: Metrolink
    Identifier/Call Number: 41.DPGTL
    Physical Description: 2.6 Linear Feet 7 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1990-2016
    Date (bulk): circa 1990s
    Abstract: Metrolink, established in 1991, connects six counties across Southern California through its commuter rail network. This collection primarily holds photographs, reports, and promotional publications pertaining to Metrolink from its formation as the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA). It showcases the efforts to build the commuter rail line and build ridership in the 1990s.
    Physical Location: LACMTA Research Library and Archive

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact LACMTA Research Library and Archive to make an appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use

    For permission to reporoduce and publish, please contact the LACMTA Research Library and Archive. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the LACMTA Research Library and Archive as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the LACMTA Research Library and Archive collection.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Metrolink collection, 41-DPGTL. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency Research Library and Archive.


    The repository expects to acquire additional materials to the collection.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Azatuhi Babayan with assistance from Angel Diaz; February 2017

    Biographical / Historical

    Founded in 1991 as the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), Metrolink adopted its current name almost immediately as a public moniker. It functions as a commuter rail line connecting the suburbs and residents of Orange County, San Diego County, Ventura County, and Riverside County to metropolitan Los Angeles by eliminating their time spent in traffic as well as the number of cars on the road. The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC), San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) completed the purchase of the Southern California rights-of-way from Southern Pacific Railroad in 1990, paving the way for the formation of SCRRA. By January 1992, LACTC had also purchased the rights to run trains between Los Angeles and Riverside. Operation officially began in October 1992 with the opening of Union Station’s Metrolink platforms and continues today. The first lines that began operation that day were the Ventura County, Santa Barbara, and Santa Clarita lines, followed shortly by the Riverside and Orange County lines. The Inland Empire to Orange County line, when it began operation in 1995, was the first suburb to suburb commuter line in the country at the time. Metrolink headquarters are located at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and it is governed by the SCRRA Executive Team and Board of Directors as well as five member agencies—Metro, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), San Bernardino Associated Governments, and Ventura County Transportation Commission—that contribute to SCRRA’s status as a joint powers authority.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of a variety of material created mostly in the 1990s including photographs, advertisements and brochures, maps and timetables, reports, financial records, various publications, and company magazines documenting the operations, updates, and public outreach efforts of Metrolink across Southern California.


    This collection is primarily arranged by bulk of contents and by subject matter. It is arranged in the following 7 series:
    1. Photographs, circa 1990s
    2. Reports and Manuals, 1994 - 1997
    3. Financial Records, 1994 - 1995
    4. Public Relations and Marketing, circa 1991 - 2012
    5. Maps and Timetables, 1992 - 2016
    6. Ephemera, undated
    7. Miscellaneous, 1992 - 2002

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Local transit -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Local transit -- Design and construction -- California -- Los Angeles County
    Public art -- California -- Los Angeles County