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Metrolink offers $7 special train service to Riverside’s Festival of Lights at the Historic Mission Inn starting Nov. 29

Metrolink helps make attending one of the Southland’s most festive traditions at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside easy and stress-free by taking special trains on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21 from Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. Starting this weekend, you can take Metrolink to the Festival of Lights, a perfect family trip, for only $7 for a roundtrip with children 18 and under riding free. 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 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 will be 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 dance will be…

First hydrogen-powered train in U.S. to be introduced as part of Redlands Passenger Rail Project in 2024

A contract signing Wednesday, Nov. 13 between Stadler U.S. and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) clears the way for the first hydrogen-powered passenger train to operate in the United States. The agreement marks a major milestone in bringing zero-emission passenger rail technology to the U.S. The hydrogen-powered FLIRT H2 vehicle will be introduced in 2024 as part of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a nine-mile connector between Redlands and San Bernardino’s Metrolink station.  Under the agreement, Stadler will develop the first hydrogen-powered train. The ordered vehicle consists of two cars with a power pack in between that holds the fuel cells and hydrogen tanks. The train is expected to seat 108 passengers in addition to generous standing room. The FLIRT H2 is projected to transport passengers at a maximum speed of up to 79 mph (130 km/h). The predicted delivery will be in 2023; the train is scheduled to enter passenger service in 2024. “Implementing innovative solutions like this first-of-its-kind passenger train is an excellent example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to the next generation in San Bernardino County,” SBCTA President…

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