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Old 03-17-2012, 01:41 PM
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If you lived somewhere along the metrolink line you could take the train to irvine and a bus to uci.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:21 AM
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Yes, if your school hours fit, you could use Metrolink. I think UCI has a shuttle to the Tustin or Irvine Spectrum stations. Since you are both young, you might find Downtown LA a good place for your commutes and walkable neighborhood needs. There are many lofts or 1 bedroom apts. The commute from Downtown to Beverly Hills is bearable. If your wife sticks to the streets, she can actually make good time.

As for your commute. You could take the subway to Union Station and transfer to a Metrolink commuter train. However, you will be traveling OPPOSITE the rush hour traffic, which means most of the trains are coming INTO LA, you will be leaving OUT of LA. So there are only a few trains in the morning that you can take down to Tustin or Irvine. The same is true for your afternoon ride home: only a few trains heading up to LA. Now, there are a lot of people who do use the OPPOSITE direction Metrolink trains and it works for them. You could take Amtrak trains if you should miss a Metrolink, and if you are a Metrolink MONTHLY PASS holder, you can ride ANY of the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains within the stations printed on your pass for FREE! Otherwise you will need to purchase a separate ticket (keep it in your pocket for an emergency). However, Amtrak does NOT serve all Metrolink stations. In your case the Amtrak serves Irvine Spectrum, but NOT Tustin, unless there is some sort of rare incident, then each service may stop to pick-up the other's pax. Also, YOUR METROLINK MONTHLY PASS ALSO INCLUDES FARE ON THE METRO, SO NO EXTRA CHARGE TO TAKE METRO SUBWAY, LRT, OR BUSES. A round-trip Metrolink ticket stamped the same date is also good for fare on Metro.

Please investigate if UCI has shuttles to the train stations. I believe they do, but it has been some time. They may be for both students and employees.

For more info, go to the following sites:


Investigate timetables and costs.

Last edited by Count David; 03-24-2012 at 08:28 AM.. Reason: fixed typo
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