Commuter Friendly Pacific Surfliner to Begin April 2 in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in California

Amtrak will launch a new Pacific Surfliner train on April 2 that will enable Ventura County residents to commute to Santa Barbara County for work five days a week.

The new service is being billed as an effort to reduce traffic congestion on Highway 101.

The Lossan Rail Corridor Agency board has approved the new schedules for the 351-mile coastal Lossan Corridor rail line that travels through San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

Northbound No. 759 will leave Simi Valley at 5:19 a.m., Moorpark at 5:31 a.m., Camarillo at 5:46 a.m., Oxnard at 5:58 a.m., Ventura at 6:12 a.m., Carpinteria at 6:34 a.m., Santa Barbara’s two stops at 6:47 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., and Goleta at 7:16 a.m.

Southbound No. 792 will leave Goleta at 4:25 p.m., Santa Barbara at 4:37 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., Carpinteria at 4:55 p.m., Ventura at 5:26 p.m., Oxnard at 5:40 p.m., Camarillo at 5:56 p.m., Moorpark at 6:25 p.m. and Simi Valley at 6:41 p.m.

Other Pacific Surfliner operate through the two counties on different schedules.

A Lossan staff report found that more than 15,000 people commute daily between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The $5 million cost of the new service will be divided between the California State Transportation Agency and the Santa Barbara County. The new train is operating for a two-year trial period.

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