Taking the 10 Freeway between L.A. and Coachella Valley could be thing of the past for SoCal residents when the new train line opens. The proposed Coachella Valley-San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service project will stretch 144 miles from Los Angeles Union Station to the Coachella Valley, connecting L.A., Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Residents will get to catch a Lakers or Dodgers game in LA, go on a ride at Disneyland, dine at Mission Inn in Riverside and head to Coachella without the headache of traffic—and, most importantly, the high environmental impact. This proposed service will encompass nine stations with two daily roundtrips with a journey time of about 3 hours and 15 minutes between the two terminuses. It will inevitably ease traffic, increase access to major attractions, improve employment opportunities and create greater connectivity for all communities.
The project by The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) has an estimated cost of $1 billion and is currently in the environmental review process stage, which is roughly midway. In July 2022, the project reached a major milestone after Riverside County commissioners certified an environmental study. However, further funding is needed to reach the $60 million goal for the next study.
You can find out more about the train line and how to support its advancement of it here.