Simi Valley, CA (SIM)
The presence of thread-like clouds that sometimes may be observed in Simi Valley gave rise to its Chumash name, Shimiji - the root of the word, “mi,” translates as "thread."
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2022): 26,689
- Facility Ownership: N/A
- Parking Lot Ownership: City of Simi Valley
- Platform Ownership: City of Simi Valley
- Track Ownership: Ventura County Transportation Commission
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The modern Simi Valley station is a platform with small shelters, shared with Metrolink on its Ventura County commuter train line.
The presence of thread-like clouds that sometimes may be observed in Simi Valley gave rise to its Chumash name, Shimiji, as the root of the word, “mi,” means “thread” in the Ventureno Chumash language. Prior to Spanish occupation, there is evidence that the Chumash had lived in the area for 5,000 to 10,000 years.
Rancho Simi was the earliest and largest (113,000 acres) Spanish colonial land grant within Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, given in 1795 to members of the Pico family and their partners. A small colonial town known as Santa Susana del Rancho Simi thrived in the 19th century with a Spanish-speaking majority. Gradually American settlers converted this area to farms and orchards that dominated the landscape until the 1970s.
The Pacific Coast Stage Line began running over the Santa Susana pass into Simi Valley in 1861 on its route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. In the 1890s, the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) decided to build a tunnel through the Santa Susana Mountains and the original depot was constructed. While the tunnel was being dug, trains arrived from and departed to the west. Upon the tunnel’s completion, the town came to be on the main line.
Built in 1903 by the Southern Pacific Railroad, the Santa Susanna Depot in Simi Valley served passengers and farmers in the Simi Valley for more than 60 years. The depot was also headquarters for local freight shipments as well as the home of the station agent. Before it was moved to its current park site, the depot stood for more than 75 years at what is now the intersection of Los Angeles Avenue and Tapo Streets in Simi Valley. The depot is an SP standard model #22, of which there are 40 in California alone.
Simi Valley is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, documenting the president’s 50-year career. The museum also has USAF 27000, a plane on temporary loan from the United States Air Force that was used by President Reagan as Air Force One. A skateboarding museum with more than 2,000 items—the world’s only—calls Simi Valley home as well.
The Pacific Surfliner service is primarily financed through funds made available by the State of California, Department of Transportation, and is managed by the LOSSAN Joint Powers Authority.
Platform only (no shelter)
- ATM not available
- No elevator
- No payphones
- No Quik-Trak kiosks
- No Restrooms
- Unaccompanied child travel not allowed
- No vending machines
- No WiFi
- Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure
- Amtrak Express shipping not available
- No checked baggage service
- No checked baggage storage
- Bike boxes not available
- No baggage carts
- Ski bags not available
- No bag storage
- Shipping boxes not available
- No baggage assistance
- Same-day parking is available; fees may apply
- Overnight parking is available; fees may apply
- No payphones
- Accessible platform
- No accessible restrooms
- No accessible ticket office
- No accessible waiting room
- No accessible water fountain
- Same-day, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
- Overnight, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
- No high platform
- No wheelchair
- Wheelchair lift available