Did you know… that the first train to arrive in Ventura was in 1887?
The original train depot was on Front Street. It was a pretty big deal when that first train showed – there was a lot of fanfare. As the story goes, Southern Pacific Railroad shortened the name of the city of San Buenaventura to simply Ventura because the original name was too long to fit on their timetables and train tickets.
Our regional rail systems
Today, there are two train depots that serve passengers in Ventura. The Train Depot that sits across from the Ventura Fairgrounds at Harbor Boulevard and Figueroa Street in Ventura accesses the nation’s publicly-funded service, Amtrak, with routes that travel up and down the California coast as well as to the rest of the country.
The East Ventura Station at 6175 Ventura Blvd in Ventura is the local access point to Metrolink, Southern California’s regional rail system, offering commuter and other passenger services linking communities to employment and activity centers. Metrolink’s service area includes the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. Ventura County is served by Metrolink’s Ventura County Line, with stations in Camarillo, East Ventura, Moorpark, Oxnard, and Simi Valley. The Ventura County Line terminates at Los Angeles at Union Station. It operates Monday through Friday.
Image credits: Broc Ellinger and Jim Martin