Van Nuys, CA (VNC)
The modern glass-and-concrete station, opened in 1995, is an intermodal facility shared with Metrolink commuter trains, local buses and taxis.
7724 Van Nuys Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 80,405
- Facility Ownership: State of California
- Parking Lot Ownership: State of California
- Platform Ownership: State of California
- Track Ownership: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The modern glass-and-concrete Van Nuys station, designed by LPA Architects, is an intermodal facility shared with Metrolink commuter trains, local buses and taxis. The station was opened and dedicated on December 18, 1995. A joint project of Caltrans and Amtrak, funding was provided by Caltrans with Amtrak providing construction management. Improvements for Metrolink commuters were funded by Caltrans and the city of Los Angeles. The station was updated and expanded again in 1998 to add DASH transit buses.
In 1797, Franciscan missionaries established the Mission de San Fernando in the valley on the ranch of Francisco Reyes, and El Valle de los Encinos became El Valle de San Fernando. The Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles, in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, had its inception in 1872 when Isaac Newton Van Nuys, a banker and real estate developer from New York State, built his frame house there. He had bought 60,000 acres of the 116,858 acre Rancho San Fernando in 1871. Van Nuys raised grain and invested in milling to produce flour and grain products of all kinds. It was not until February 22, 1911, that lot sales began in the new town of Van Nuys. In 1928, Mulholland’s St. Francis Dam broke and inundated the Valley and Van Nuys; it is estimated that over 400 people perished in that catastrophe.
Van Nuys later became part of Los Angeles and developed as an archetypal 20th century middle-class American suburb; today it is a melting pot of ethnic groups and home styles, though some historic examples of early 20th century architecture are still standing. Van Nuys was also at one time the location for the Van Nuys assembly plant, a major manufacturing facility for General Motors’ Chevrolet Division. The plant was dismantled in 1998, and the site has since been converted to a shopping mall called “The Plant.”
Van Nuys Boulevard became known from the 1950s to the 1970s as the center of teenage cruising and car culture, being celebrated in several motion pictures, including Van Nuys Boulevard. Though cruising is a thing of the past, the car culture is still visible in the many dealerships lining the boulevard’s ten-mile length as it passes from Sherman Oaks in the south to the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains in the north.
Amtrak provides both ticketing and baggage services at this station. ThePacific 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.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- 240 Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.
For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.