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September 08, 2007

Re "O.C. planners hope Metrolink expansion lures more riders," Sept. 1

The article fails to mention the Metrolink service on the Orange County line. Since the inauguration of weekend service, I have ridden Metrolink from San Juan Capistrano to Los Angeles or Santa Ana at least six times a year. I have used the service to visit museums, attend social events and meet friends who live in the Los Angeles area. I have even had houseguests from Sweden who used Metrolink and the Red Line subway to reach Universal Studios.

While passengers boarding weekend Metrolink trains in south Orange County may resemble the affluent commuters discussed in the article, by the time the train reaches central county, the boarding passengers are far more ethnically and economically diverse. When the train pulls into Union Station, the train is often full, with a mix of young families and older passengers, most of whom are not affluent south Orange County residents with matinee tickets or Getty Museum reservations. The passenger mix is diverse, and the service appears to benefit a broad mix of residents.

James Sperber

San Juan Capistrano

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