Looking for a convenient way to travel from the heart of LA to the sunny side of the Coachella Valley? Eager travelers are in luck, as it was recently announced that a new daily passenger rail service would provide transportation between Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley. The more-than-a-decade-old proposal for a train connecting the Coachella Valley with the rest of Southern California cleared a big hurdle in July of 2022 when an initial environmental study was unanimously approved by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC). The RCTC is now seeking federal funding that will allow planning for Coachella Valley Rail to move forward.
The train would make two daily round trips between Union Station in Los Angeles and
Coachella – including stops in Palm Springs and other locations around the valley. It’s planned to be 144 miles long. A trip to LA would be around 3.5 hours from the Coachella Valley. It would include 9 stations throughout the valley along with an upgrade to the current Palm Springs
The Coachella Valley Rail Service will link L.A. Union Station and the Coachella Valley,
connecting riders 144 miles across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and
The Coachella Valley Rail service is expected to transform, connect, promote sustainability,
create access and equity, expand economic investment and tourism, and offer more travel choices
across the U.S. for residents of this rapidly growing region.
The RCTC affirms that the rail service will support tourism region-wide, bringing people
together from around the globe. The expanded train service will reduce vehicle miles traveled,
generating fewer emissions and combating climate change through improved air quality and
The new service will also expand the regional economy by opening travel options and
connections to restaurants, resorts, concert venues, sports facilities, and commercial and retail
centers across the southland.
Daily intercity passenger rail service will transform the way southern California residents travel,
creating a car-free, stress-free option between major destinations, from downtown lights to desert
Looking for the perfect vacation home to provide easy access to this up-and-coming Coachella
Valley Rail project? Look no further than Camp Palm Springs – a newly renovated Mid-Century
modern retreat. This newly renovated home is five minutes from downtown by car and blends
the best features of mid-century design, with contemporary art and accents. It includes all new
appliances, baths and furnishings. Stunning mountain views and a spacious, impeccably
landscaped backyard will draw visitors in and the gorgeous pool and spa and outdoor living area
will make you feel like you never want to leave this desert paradise.
The Riverside County Transportation Commission is seeking state and federal funding for the
Tier-2 project-level environmental studies of the Coachella Valley Rail Project. To learn more
about the project and to register your support in the RCTC’s applications for federal funding
assistance, visit the official website.