SAN BERNARDINO ( — Transportation officials are considering a plan to take Metrolink passengers from the Inland Empire all the way to downtown Los Angeles on direct express trains, according to reports Thursday.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports as many as four express trains servicing passengers in San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga and Covina are under consideration.

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A report due next month from Metropolitan Transportation Authority along with San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), the metropolitan planning organization for the county, will reportedly call for increased capacity to the San Bernardino line.

The proposal would add about four miles of extra track to the line between San Bernardino and Rialto and between San Dimas and La Verne, according to reports.

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SanBAG transit director Mitch Alderman said the expansion could cut travel time along the San Bernardino line to just over an hour.

“A lot of times there’s standing room only on the one express train that we do have now that runs, but we would like to add more,” Alderman said. “By doing those two double-track segments, we can do that.”

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Officials say the project – which could cost as much as $120 million – is still at least two years away from construction.