Coachella Goers to Get Free Train Service from Los Angeles
By: Spacelab Research Staff
Inspired by European festivals, where people frequent trains like Eurorail to hop from country to country, Coachella and Amtrak have partnered to create a free train service from Los Angeles to Indio for up to 500 people.
They wanted to do something to reduce the carbon footprint of Coachella, and thought it might be a good way to cut down on the car traffic as people wander out into the desert in their cars to attend the weekend of musical hedonism known as the Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival.
A recent interview with Billboard quoted Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett as saying "I think it's the first time [Amtrak has] has ever done anything like this for a music festival. Anything we can do on a big level is what we're pushing for."
The train service is being called the Coachella Express and will transport riders to a temporary train platform right next to the Empire Polo Field, home of the festival. Riders will be taken via Shuttle bus to the campground. Then they can take the train back to Los Angeles on April 28th, after its all over.