LOS ANGELES – Metrolink makes traveling to the Festival of Lights at Riverside’s Mission Inn Hotel & Spa easy and stress-free with special trains from Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. This Friday and Saturday will be the final weekend Metrolink offers the special service.
Community members can take Metrolink to the Festival of Lights, a perfect family trip, for only $7 for a roundtrip with free travel for children 18 and under. The roundtrip Metrolink fare allows a maximum of three children to ride for free per paying adult.
A complimentary shuttle provided by the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) takes Metrolink passengers from the Riverside-Downtown Station to the Mission Inn where entry to the Festival of Lights is free. You can see train schedules and more information here.
The 27th Annual Festival of Lights brightens the sky around the historic Mission Inn and features approximately 4.5 million lights and a dazzling fireworks display. There are more than 400 animated figures, including angels, elves and Dickens carolers, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, food vendors and a visit by Santa Claus. Live music and performances will be at the Entertainment Stage near City Hall, sponsored by the City of Riverside.
“The Festival of Lights is a tradition that builds memories and, with the special $7 fare, the Metrolink train ride to the event is becoming a part of that rich experience,” said Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins.
Special Metrolink service whisks passengers between Los Angeles Union Station, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, Perris and the Riverside-Downtown Station via the 91/Perris Valley and Inland Empire-Orange County lines.
This is the fourth year Metrolink has offered service to the Festival of Lights. Funding for the special service is provided by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
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Metrolink is Southern California’s commuter rail service enabling people to connect to their jobs and explore all that the region has to offer. Metrolink has nearly 12 million boardings annually from people who ditch their cars to avoid gridlock, removing an estimated 9.3 million vehicles from the roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 130,000 metric tons. Metrolink is the largest commuter rail agency in California based on route miles and the third largest in the United States operating seven lines along a 538-mile network that travels across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.