Mertolink rolls out 10 new 'bicycle cars'

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A bike on one of Metrolink's new bicycle cars.

The Metrolink commuter rail network is rolling out 10 new bicycle-friendly train cars just in time for CicLAvia.

The new train cars make space for at least 18 bicycles by yanking out about 30 passenger seats. Metrolink tested two of the cars in August on its Inland Empire-Orange County Line to give cyclists a ride to San Clemente Beach.

Now, system officials say 10 bike cars will rotate throughout Metrolink’s 500 mile service area wherever the need for more bike space is greatest.

The cars will be in service Sunday shuttling cyclists to CicLAvia — the transformation of 10 miles of Los Angeles city streets into a car-free, bike-and-foot-friendly outdoor party.

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