Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak in California’

Waiting in San Jose

May 12, 2020

An Amtrak Capitol Corridor train shares the train shed at the Diridon Station in San Jose, California, with a Caltrain commuter train to San Francisco.

San Jose is the western terminus for the Capitol Corridor and is also served by Altamont Commuter Express.

This photo was made on June 24, 1999. I had ridden to San Jose aboard this Amtrak train from Oakland would would board it later to return to Sacramento.

Grant to Improve Pacific Surfliner Facilities

April 28, 2020

The Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo passenger-rail corridor agency has received a $38.7 million state grant that it will use to improve Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service.

The funding is coming from the California State Transportation Agency’s 2020 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program.

The grant to LOSSAN includes funding to help overhaul and modernize rail cars used by Pacific Surfliner trains and to build two layover facilities in San Luis Obispo County and San Diego.

The San Diego layover facility will include maintenance bays and space for overnight storage of Pacific Surfliner equipment.

Pacific Surfliner Service Disrupted This Weekend

April 15, 2020

Pacific Surfliner Service will be disrupted this weekend due to track work being performed on the route in San Diego County.

On April 17 Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles with bus service provided to San Diego at all missed stops.

On April 18 and 19 Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles and bus service will be provided for all missed stops.

Also on those dates Trains 580, 768, 774, 1564 and 1584 will operate normally to Irvine, where bus service will be provided between Irvine and San Diego.

Express buses will run from Irvine to Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and Downtown San Diego.

Trains 579, 593, 763, 777, 785 and 1767 will originate in Irvine. Bus service will be provided between San Diego and Irvine to connect with the trains listed above.

Buses will depart Downtown San Diego, Solana Beach and Oceanside earlier than the train schedule to allow time to connect with trains in Irvine.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said buses will not pick up at Old Town San Diego. Passengers can take the trolley to Downtown San Diego to board buses to Irvine.

Commuter railroad Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between Irvine and Los Angeles.

There will be no checked baggage or express service south of Santa Ana on the affected dates and alternate bus service will not serve San Juan Capistrano or San Clemente Pier.

The Irvine Station will be open on April 18 and 19. Visit PacificSurfliner.com/Advisory for more details.

 

San Joaquin Service Being Trimmed

March 24, 2020

Amtrak service on the San Joaquin route in California will be reduced on March 26 due to COVID-19 pandemic.

A news release issued by the San Joaquins Joint Powers Authority said the changes are due to falling ridership, travel restrictions and the need to maintain appropriate social distancing aboard the trains.

Ridership of the San Joaquin route has fallen by 70 percent in recent weeks.
Trains 701, 702, 703, 704, 714, and 717 are being suspended.

This will temporarily end direct train service to Lodi and Sacramento, which will continue to be served by Thruway Buses to/from all operating trains.

For the time being café car service has ended in order to eliminate risks from food handling and reduce unnecessary onboard passenger movement. Emergency snack packs and water will be distributed to passengers at no charge.

Station lobbies are being temporarily closed at Hanford, Fresno, Merced, Modesto and Martinez but trains will continue to stop there.

Reduce station hours will be in effect at Bakersfield, Stockton, Sacramento, Emeryville and Oakland.

Tickets can be purchased via amtraksanjoaquins.com, the Amtrak app, by calling 800-USA-RAIL, and onboard from the conductor with cash.

Latest Amtrak Cuts Include Station Closings

March 21, 2020

Although no Amtrak long distance trains have thus far been spared from service suspensions, they are getting shorter consists.

An online report said the Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited is operating with one P42DC locomotive, one sleeper, one food service car and two coaches.

Some Amtrak station waiting rooms are being temporarily closed.

In a service advisory posted on its website, Amtrak said waiting rooms in Kalamazoo and East Lansing, Michigan, are closed and passengers will not have access to the station restrooms.

The notice said station caretakers will be present to answer questions, provide direction and help operate wheelchair lifts.

Amtrak recommended that rather than waiting outside on the platform that passengers use the Amtrak app or other means to check train status while waiting in their personal vehicles for their train to arrive.

Other stations that are closed include those in Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Altoona and Johnstown.

All Amtrak service has been suspended at those stations.

Other stations that continue to have service but which are closed include Bloomington-Normal, Illlinois; Burlington, Iowa; Dodge City, Kansas, Lincoln, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; Plano, Illinois; St. Petersburg, Florida (Thruway bus service stop)

In the case of the Normal station, passengers will have access to the Uptown Garage and its complimentary one-hour parking.

Garage elevator access will lead only to the street level. Platform access will be from the exterior of the building only.

Customer Service Representatives will be present on the platform 30 minutes before scheduled departure times to continue checked baggage service, unaccompanied minor service and special services.

The service hours at the Gallup, New Mexico, station has been modified. Passengers will have access to the interior of the station for the 30 minutes before the train arrival time.

Additional service suspensions have also been announced.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said that starting March 23 Piedmont Service trains 73, 74, 77, and 78 are suspended.

Piedmonts 75 and 76 will continue to operate as will the New York-Charlotte Carolinian.

In California, Pacific Surfliner service will be cut in half on March 23 and further reduced on March 24.

On March 23, Trains 561, 565, 579, and 593 will operate as scheduled but Trains 569, 573, 583, 591, 595, and 759 are cancelled.

Trains 763 and 777 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Goleta but there will be no service north of Goleta.

Trains 767 and 785 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Los Angeles with no service north of Los Angeles.

Trains 564, 580, and 584 will operate as scheduled but Trains 562, 566, 572, 578, 590, 782, and 792 are cancelled.

Train 796 will operate according to the schedule between Goleta and San Diego but with no service between San Luis Obispo and Goleta.

Effective March 24, scheduled will be further modified and subject to additional change based on ridership and public health conditions.

Trains 759, 561/1761, 565/1565, 569/1569, 573/1573, 583, 591/1591, and 595 are cancelled. Trains 763 and 777 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Goleta with no service north of Goleta.

Trains 767/1767 and 785 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Los Angeles but with no service north of Los Angeles.

Trains 562, 566/1566, 572/1572, 578, 782, 590/1590, and 792 are cancelled.

Train 774 will operate according to the schedule between Los Angeles and San Diego with no service between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles.

Train 796 will operate according to the schedule between Goleta and San Diego with no service between San Luis Obispo and Goleta.

Service to San Luis Obispo will be preserved through limited bus connections from Santa Barbara. The Coast Starlight will also continue serving San Luis Obispo.

In northern California, the San Joaquins Joint Powers Authority, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority and Amtrak have agreed on the following service reductions.

Amtrak San Joaquin service will be suspending the Emeryville and San Francisco Thruway Bus Route (Route 99) on March 21.

Passengers traveling to San Francisco are encouraged to utilize BART via the Richmond Station.

On March 26, Trains 701, 702, 703, 704, 714, and 717 will be suspended and remaining trains will not have lead service attendants or food service.
Train 719 will no longer stop at Richmond because of the BART reduction in hours.

On the east Coast, Amtrak’s Downeaster service will see further service reductions to two roundtrips a day.

On March 21 and 22, Trains 692, 694, 693 and 695 will operate.

Between March 23-27 trains operating will include Nos. 680, 682, 681 and 684.

North of the border, VIA Rail Canada has said the suspension of the Montreal-Halifax Ocean, Toronto-Vancouver Canadian, and Jasper-Prince Rupert service has been extended to May 1.

Effective March 23 Montreal-Senneterre and Montreal-Jonquiere, Quebec, trains will be cut o one round trip per week, as will Sudbury-White River, Ontario, service.

Such an-board and in-station services such as baggage handling and restaurant access will also be curtailed.

 

Track Work to Affect San Joaquins on Feb. 23

February 19, 2020

Trains 704, 712, 714, 716 and 718 will terminate at Stockton. Passengers will be provided bus service via Buses 4304, 4312, 4314, 4316 and 4318 between Stockton and Merced, making intermediate stops at Modesto and Turlock-Denair.

At Merced, passengers can board their respective 1700-series train to Bakersfield and intermediate stations.

Trains 703, 713, 715, 717 and 719 will originate at Stockton. At Bakersfield, passengers can board their respective 1700-series train to Merced and intermediate stations.

Passengers will be provided bus service via Buses 4303, 4313, 4315, 4317 and 4319 between Merced and Stockton, making intermediate stops at Turlock-Denair and Modesto.

At Stockton, passengers can board their respective 700-series train.

Train and bus schedules from Merced to Bakersfield, Stockton to Sacramento and Stockton to Oakland have been adjusted to depart up to 60-minutes later than normal times.

Capitol Corridor Set Ridership Record in FY2019

February 19, 2020

Capitol Corridor trains in California reported record ridership in fiscal year 2019.

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, which oversees Amtrak service in Northern California said the trains carried 1,777,136 between Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019.

The previous record was 1.7 million in fiscal year 2018.

CCJPA said that during FY2019 it earned $38 million in revenue a 5 percent increase over the $36.2 million earned in FY2018.

In a news release, CCJPA said it has had five consecutive years of record-breaking ridership and revenue.

In 2019, rider satisfaction also reached 90 percent for the first time since 2012.

The news release said CCJPA is seeking such improvements as upgraded Wi-Fi service later this year.

 

One Day Disruption Affects San Joaquins

February 8, 2020

BNSF track work will result in schedule changes for Amtrak’s San Joaquin service on Feb. 9.

Trains 704, 712, 714, 716 and 718 will terminate at Stockton. Passengers will be provided bus service via Buses 4304, 4310, 4312, 4314, 4316 and 4318 between Stockton and Fresno.

At Fresno, passengers can board their respective 1700-series train to Bakersfield and intermediate stations.

Trains 703, 713, 715, 717 and 719 will originate at Stockton. At Bakersfield, passengers can board their respective 1700-series train to Fresno and intermediate stations.

Passengers will be provided bus service via Buses 4303, 4313, 4315, 4317 and 4319 between Fresno and Stockton. At Stockton, passengers can board their respective 700-series train.

Passengers travelling to or from Turlock-Denair and Madera will have an additional transfer to a 4800-series van at Fresno, Merced or Modesto.

Train and bus schedules from Stockton to Bakersfield, Fresno to Sacramento and Fresno to Oakland have been adjusted to depart up to 60 minutes later than normal times.

 

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

February 8, 2020

Track work being performed by the North County Transit District in San Diego County, California, will result in schedule changes to Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service between Feb. 21 and March 11.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that on Feb. 21 and March 6 Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles.

Bus service will be provided south from Los Angeles to San Diego, serving all missed stops.

Several schedule changes are set for Feb. 22 and 23, and March 7 and 8 as described below.

Passengers who had planned to travel on the affected trains on these dates are being advised to use other Pacific Surfliner trains in the event that no alternative bus service is being provided.

Trains 562, 578, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573, 1590 and 1591 will be cancelled.

Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles. No alternate transportation will be provided between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Southbound Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles and bus service will be provided for all missed stops.

Southbound Trains 580, 768, 774, 792, 1564 and 1584 will operate normally to Irvine, where bus service will be provided from Irvine to San Diego.

Express buses will run from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and Downtown San Diego.

Northbound Train 1761 will originate at Los Angeles. No alternate transportation will be provided between San Diego and Los Angeles.

Northbound Trains 579, 593, 595, 763, 777, 785 and 1767 will originate in Irvine. Bus service will be provided from San Diego to Irvine to connect with the trains listed above.

Buses will depart Downtown San Diego, Solana Beach, Oceanside and San Juan Capistrano earlier than the train schedule to allow time to connect with trains in Irvine.

Buses will not pick up at Old Town San Diego. Passengers can take the trolley to Downtown San Diego to board buses to Irvine.

Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between San Juan Capistrano and Los Angeles.

There will be no checked baggage or express service south of Santa Ana on the dates shown above and alternate bus service will not serve San Clemente Pier.

Amtrak to Sell Bus-Only Tickets in California

February 3, 2020

The San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority has approved an Amtrak plan to sell bus-only tickets in California.

The Authority, which oversees Amtrak’s San Joaquin Service, agreed to allow the passenger carrier to sell the tickets on the Bakersfield-Oxnard-Santa Barbara and Bakersfield-Lancaster-Victorville routes.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation ending the requirement that trips by Amtrak bus include at least a partial rail trip.

Other bus-only routes are likely to be added.