Ride Metrolink Trains to Auto Club 400

Affordable charter train service available to Auto Club Speedway’s NASCAR race March 25, 2012

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2012) – Race fans looking for a stress-free, convenient and affordable way to get to Auto Club Speedway’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race need not look any further!  Auto Club Speedway has partnered with Metrolink to provide direct train service to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 25 at Auto Club Speedway.

“Auto Club Speedway and Metrolink are excited to team together to provide race fans an affordable and convenient transportation option to the Auto Club 400 in March,” said Speedway President Gillian Zucker.  “In this economy everybody likes a bargain.  For our race fans, there aren’t many better than this one.”

Metrolink will operate three charter trains originating from Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside with limited stops in between for faster service. Train routes and stops include:

Route 1:  Oxnard to ACS
Oxnard
Moorpark
Chatsworth
Van Nuys
Covina
Montclair
Rancho Cucamonga
Auto Club Speedway

Route 2:  Lancaster to ACS
Lancaster
Santa Clarita
Sylmar
Downtown Burbank
L.A. Union Station
Auto Club Speedway

Route 3:  Oceanside to ACS
Oceanside
San Clemente North Beach
Irvine
Orange
Riverside- La Sierra
San Bernardino
Auto Club Speedway
 

Metrolink train tickets to the Auto Club 400 are just $19 for one (1) round trip train ticket.  To purchase a Metrolink train ticket to the Auto Club 400, click here.

“For less than $20, NASCAR fans can make sure they are on time for the Auto Club 400 races by skipping Southern California traffic on a Metrolink train. This option is a safe, affordable and convenient way to get to the races, while doing your part to improve air quality by keeping your car off the roadway,” said Metrolink CEO John Fenton. 

Metrolink’s Speedway trains stop at a specially constructed station just off the back straight-away at the race track.  From there, passengers will board a free tram that takes them to the entrance gates.  Trains depart Auto Club Speedway one hour after the end of the race, or checkered flag. 

The Auto Club Speedway Metrolink Train Service is a joint demonstration project made possible in part by Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC).  The MSRC’s mission is to fund projects that reduce air pollution from motor vehicles in the Over its 21-year history, the MSRC has assisted organizations throughout the Southland in removing as much as 8,000  tons of harmful pollutants from the air through innovative  programs designed to reduce air pollution from mobile sources.  

“The MSRC is excited to partner with these organizations and will provide $26,000 in Clean Transportation Funding for the charter Metrolink train service to the Auto Club 400. Having fans take public transportation to the races takes cars off the road cutting congestion and air pollution, which helps advance the MSRC’s mission to reduce harmful emissions from mobile sources,” said L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who serves on the Metrolink Board of Directors and MSRC  as an appointee from  the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Metrolink riders can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages on board the train.  Items are not permitted to be stored at the Speedway train station; however fans may utilize lightweight backpacks and soft side bags/coolers, no larger than 6x6x12 inches, that may contain race weekend essentials.  For a complete list of approved carry-in items, please visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.

The Metrolink trains to Auto Club Speedway are charters; regular Metrolink tickets and passes are not valid.  The charter train tickets are sold only by Auto Club Speedway and are mailed out prior to the race.  To purchase race and train tickets or for information on the Auto Club Speedway charter train schedule, call Auto Club Speedway at (800) 944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.

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Auto Club Speedway Contact:
David Talley
(909) 429-5205
dtalley@autoclubspeedway.com

Joann D. Young
(909) 429-5206
jdyoung@autoclubspeedway.com

Metrolink Contact:
Sherita Coffelt
(213) 452-0318
coffelts@scrra.net

About Auto Club Speedway:  Auto Club Speedway, is a two-mile oval located in Fontana, California and is home to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race each March. The track also hosts the IZOD IndyCar Series, Historic Sports Car Festival, NHRA drag racing on the track’s Auto Club Dragway, and community events including Red White & Cruise, the annual Fourth of July celebration. In addition to auto racing and community events, the Speedway is home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. The track is active for more than 320 days every year. 

Tickets to NASCAR and IndyCar Weekend at Auto Club Speedway are on-sale now.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.  For more information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway.

About Metrolink:  Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 19th year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.



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