- Terminal Web Site
- Online Flight Schedules: Not available at this time
- No AMCGRAM - NO Space-A Signup via Fax- as of Sep 17
- Terminal Hours: See Hours on Terminal Web Page
- Terminal Dining:
- Lockers: None
- USO: No
- Base Dining Facility:
- In Riverside Ca approx 90 miles east of Los Angeles.
- POSSBILY TERMINATED - NEED TO VERIFY: The "Cactus Run" (virtually an empty C-17) is a weekend shuttle for reservists that departs every other weekend on Fridays with stops in Williams Gateway in Mesa, AZ, and then Nellis AFB respectively. For Friday reservations please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name, rank, Last 4 of SSN, and a cell number along with your current status i.e.... active duty, retired, dependent, etc. The following Sunday, the Cactus Run leaves March ARB with Reservists on board, flies to Williams Gateway where some Reservists get off, then on to Nellis AFB where the remaining Reservists get off, then the pretty much empty aircraft returns to March ARB. For Sunday reservations you will need to contact the March passenger terminal on the Saturday before or Sunday of the flight. (as of 2010)
- Get your in-flight meals before you get to the Base since box lunches and snack bars are not available.
- How do I Travel between LAX and March AFRB? (As of March 2015)
From LAX, take the Flyaway Bus to LA Union Station for $8 one way. From LA Union Station, take any Metrolink train that will get you to Riverside Downtown (e.g. 91 line, but others will get you there with a transfer in Orange). Approx cost is $13.00 full fare; $6.50 sr./disabled fare. $11.75 Active Duty. Keep your Metrolink ticket and present it to the driver for unlimited rides that day. Full fare is $1.50 on non-commuter buses, 70 cents for seniors, $3 for commuter buses. Total journey time can easily be 4 hours and depends upon time of day. Use the Riverside County trip planner at http://riversidetransit.com/index.php/riding-the-bus/plan-my-trip very carefully to get from the Metrolink station. For March ARB use the location "Alessandro at Ellsworth," otherwise the data will very likely be incorrect. The closest stop on Route 20 beside a Jack in the Box on that corner. Turn right there on Elsworth and walk to the next traffic signal and there you will see the entrance to March ARB across Cactus Ave. The lodging office is well hidden in the “historic” section of the base between “B,” “Q,” and “M” streets two blocks left of the main road, Graeber. From the bus stop to lodging is a 35 minute walk for a 74-year-old with baggage, 25 minutes for active duty. The air terminal is another four blocks or so further on Graeber.
- How do I travel from March ARB to AMTRAK, METROLINK, GREYHOUND (As of March 2015)
From the March passenger terminal, walk through the parking lot and take a left at the first street, Graeber. It leads to the front gate, about a mile North. (Air terminal drivers usually offer arriving passengers a bus ride to lodging and the gate.) As you exit the gate, Elsworth is directly ahead, perpendicular to Cactus Ave. Walk on Elsworth to the next traffic light and cross Alessandro to the Route 20 stop to the left. There are several variations at play here, depending upon time of day and exactly where you go, i.e., Metrolink vs Greyhound.Take the 20 bus and transfer to another line per the RTA trip planner or driver advice. You must transfer at least once and you are still very likely to need to walk a moderate distance. (Amtrak operates a few trains and Thruway buses from the Metrolink station toward San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles.)**
How do I get from March ARB to San Diego?There are many ways to get to San Diego from March ARB, but none convenient. The fastest is twice-daily Greyhound buses leaving downtown Riverside. Unfortunately, the earliest bus departs at 1300 and the next departs at 2000. If you’ve flown from the east coast it’s unlikely that you’ll catch the 1300 bus because of the difficulty getting downtown. If the schedule suits you it’s good and fast. It’s much cheaper to buy tickets in advance on the internet but you need to select the departure time and date and print a ticket. (Same is true for Amtrak.)
Another way is to use the RTA to get to the Metrolink station downtown and take one of a few trains from there to Oceanside, most requiring a connection. Metrolink schedules are at www.metrolinktrains.com/tripplanner/ .
From Oceanside there are San Diego transit system Coaster trains that are reasonable, making several stops, including Old Town. One can also ride Amtrak from Oceanside at about five times the cost of the Coaster train. There is also frequent, cheap train service to Escondido from the Oceanside station. If you plan to wander around San Diego that day by bus you may profit from buying a Compass card and an one-day pass, as it might cost less than a single Coaster train ride.
It is also possible to ride the RTA buses to towns near San Diego like Escondido where one can transfer to the San Diego transit system. This requires several transfers and a fair amount of waiting but is bound to be the cheapest way and one can begin almost anytime of the day. The early morning commuter buses provide the shortest travel time. See the RTA trip planner for details. To do this one would not go into Riverside but rather begin on the 20 bus going away from Riverside to the first transfer so at least you’d be going in the right direction.
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