Perris Valley Line Project
Riverside County Transportation Commission
Release Date: October 12, 2015

Train Testing to Begin on Perris Valley Line Railroad Tracks
Friday, October 16, 2015
To prepare for the start of Metrolink passenger rail service on the new Perris Valley Line, crews will begin testing the trains along the railroad tracks between downtown Riverside and South Perris. Testing will start Friday, October 16 and continue through the fall. BNSF freight trains will operate as currently scheduled.
Testing will occur at varying speeds up to 79 miles per hour throughout the day along the 24-mile railroad alignment in October, November and December. 
During the train testing period and once service begins in late 2015, residents and motorists will see an increase in train activity. Please remember: 
  • The only safe place to cross is at a designated public crossing.
  • It can take a mile or more to stop a train, so a locomotive engineer who suddenly sees someone on the tracks will likely be unable to stop in time.
  • Railroad property is private property. For your safety, it is illegal to be there unless you are at a designated public crossing.
  • Never walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing, and DO NOT cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it's safe to do so.
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NOTE: Information contained in this Construction Alert is subject to change without notice, based on weather, field conditions or other operational factors.