TAKE THE TRAIN
The Irvine Train Station is located right in the heart of the Irvine Spectrum Area featuring Metrolink and Amtrak service. Commuters can ride the train to work from/to many Southern California destinations. By riding the train, you’ll save overall commute time as trains are not subject to automobile traffic. The time you actually spend on the train can be spent reading, planning your day or getting some additional sleep. You decide. As for cost, when you compare the cost of the train to the actual cost of driving (gas, insurance, maintenance, depreciation), you’ll save money too.
If you’re still not sure, Spectrumotion will give you a Free 7-Day Metrolink Pass so you can try it out. And don’t forget about our Emergency Ride Home Program. You won’t have a car at work but Spectruomotion will never leave you stranded in an emergency.
Metrolink operates trains to and from the Irvine Station on the Orange County Line (service from Oceanside to Los Angeles) and the Inland Empire/Orange County Line (service from San Bernardino to Oceanside). Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner also serves the Irvine Station. (service from San Diego to Los Angeles and beyond).
Connecting Bus Service
Shuttle service from the Irvine Station to most Irvine Spectrum Area destinations is provided by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the City of Irvine (iShuttle). Buses are generally timed to meet all trains and the service is free to Metrolink riders with a minimal charge for Amtrak riders. Scroll down to the Riding the Bus section for more information and schedules.
RIDING THE BUS
About Irvine Spectrum Buses
The Irvine Spectrum Area is served by a variety of bus routes that you can use to commute to work. Metrolink and Amtrak train riders arriving at the Irvine Train Station also have a variety of routes to deliver them to their work sites. Riding the bus is one of the least costly methods of ridesharing. You will save on gas, auto maintenance and possibly the expense of owning a car altogether. Spectrumotion wants to make commuting by bus as easy as possible. Bus riders are eligible for our Emergency Ride Home Program. We’ll also give you a Free 30-Day OCTA Bus Pass (must be a new rider) so you can give the bus a try.
Irvine Spectrum Bus Schedules
Click on the routes below for specific schedules on the direct routes serving the Irvine Spectrum Area. Service from other locations is available by transferring routes. You can also go directly to the OCTA Website or the iShuttle for all their routes, schedules and fare information.
OCTA Route 86 – Daily service from Costa Mesa and Mission Viejo.
OCTA Route 206 – Monday through Friday *peak service from Santa Ana and Lake Forest.
OCTA Route 480 – Monday through Friday *Station Link service from Irvine Station to Lake Forest.
OCTA Route 211 – Monday through Friday *peak service from Huntington Beach & Lake Forest.
iShuttle Route 402C – Monday through Friday* Station Link Spectrum Area circulator service from Irvine Station.
iShuttle Route 403D – Monday through Friday* Station Link Spectrum Area circulator from Irvine Station.
*Station Link service is generally timed to meet Metrolink trains at the Irvine Station.
*Peak Service operates during commute hours in the morning and afternoon with no mid-day service.
RIDING YOUR BIKE
About Biking to the Irvine Spectrum
The Irvine Spectrum Area has one of the best bike lane and trail systems in Southern California making it the ideal location for commuting to work on your bike. Besides saving on the cost of your commute, you’ll also get the benefit of a great workout. Many Orange County employers are recognizing that biking is becoming a much more popular rideshare mode and have added shower and locker room facilities along with bike racks for the convenience of their Irvine employees.
Spectrumotion wants to help too. Our Emergency Ride Home Program ensures that if you need to get home quickly in an emergency, you won’t be stranded at work. Cyclists can also use the program in the case of inclement weather. Finally, bikes are allowed on most public transit modes including OCTA buses and Metrolink trains if you commute from a longer distance and still wish to include some cycling. For example, you could ride your bike to the Fullerton Transportation Center and take Metrolink to the Irvine station.
Of course, whenever you are riding your bike, safety should be a consideration. Use the helpful guidelines below to ensure a safe bike commute.
- Most importantly, be familiar with and follow all applicable laws. The California Vehicle Code is a good place to start. There may also be local area requirements that you need to be aware of.
- Choose the safest route to and from your worksite. Use the Bikeways Map to select a route that is most comfortable for you.
- Wear a helmet. Helmets are required for anyone under the age of 18.
- Make yourself visible. Wear bright colored and reflective clothing. Make sure your bike is equipped with a headlight and a variety of reflectors.
- Register with Spectrumotion at the top of the page and use the "Explore My Commute Options" tool to find a buddy. Ride with a buddy if possible. There is safety in numbers.
- Protect your bike from theft. Bike lockers are available at the Irvine Station. When using a rack, be sure to secure both tires and the frame to the rack. Do not leave easily removed items on your bike.
- Carry a repair toolkit. You can make minor bike repairs on the road.