New Capitol Corridor Sked Set to Roll Out

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority will introduce a new schedule on March 29 for Amtrak’s Capitols Service.

The agency said the new schedule “better reflects current ridership demand.”

Restoration of pre-COVID-19 levels of service are not expected until sometime in 2022.

Before the pandemic, the corridor hosted up to 30 trains per day. During the pandemic service fell to 10 trains a day.

Service rose last June to 16 weekday trains with 10 on weekends. The corridor has 18 stations on its 170-mile route.

Among the changes in the new schedule will be inauguration of a direct round-trip train on weekdays between Auburn and San Jose, thus allowing riders to travel the entire corridor without a change of trains.

A sixth round-trip between San Jose and Oakland will also return.

CCJPA in a news release described the new timetable as a “pulse schedule” because it features adjustments to departure times so they are “more consistent and predictable,” and “a better distribution of trips throughout the day with smaller gaps between morning and midday trains.”

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