Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak in California’

Track Work to Disrupt Some Pacific Surfliners

August 5, 2021

Plans by host railroad Union Pacific to replace a bridge will disrupt some Pacific Surfliner service this month.

The bridge spans San Antonio Creek/Narlon on the Santa Barbara Subdivision of UP.

Between Aug. 8 and Aug. 23 Train 777 will terminate at Goleta. No alternate transportation will be provided for the missed stops of Lompoc-Surf, Guadalupe-Santa Maria, Grover Beach or San Luis Obispo.

Between Aug. 9 and Aug. 23, Train 774 will originate at Goleta. No alternate transportation will be provided for the missed stops of San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Guadalupe-Santa Maria or Lompoc-Surf.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said alternative transportation options include Trains 763, 768, 785 and 796, which have connecting bus service via buses 4763, 4768, 4785 and 4796 from Santa Barbara to/from Oakland.

Buses 6238 and 6241 will operate between Los Angeles and San Jose Monday through Friday. Buses 6286 and 6287 will operate between Los Angeles and San Jose on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Capitol Corridor Service to Expand June 7

April 28, 2021

Capitol Corridor passenger service will increase on June 7, officials said this week.

The announcement said growing ridership demand, funding support and improving public health conditions are making the expansion possible.

Service will increase to 22 weekday and 18 weekend trips. The current level of service is now 16 weekday and 10 weekend trips.

The schedule change will result in a return to  pre-pandemic service between Oakland and San Jose.

However, officials do not expect complete pre-pandemic schedules to be in effect until sometime in 2022.

Track Work Disrupts Pacific Surfliners, Coast Starlight

April 15, 2021

Various temporary schedule changes will begin April 16 that affect Pacific Surfliner trains and the Coast Starlight due to track projects.

Between April 16 and May 1 the following changes will be in effect.

On April 15, 23 and 30, Train 796 will terminate at Solana Beach with alternate bus service being provided between Oceanside and San Diego on Bus 3284 and 3286.

Bus 3284 will not stop at Old Town but passengers may take the trolley from San Diego. Bus 3286 will drop off passengers at Old Town.

On April 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and May 1 and 2, Trains 564, 580, 768, 774, 796, 1564 and 1584 will terminate at Solana Beach. Bus service will be provided from Oceanside to San Diego.

Trains 579, 593, 763, 767, 777, 785 and 1767 will originate at Solana Beach. Bus service will be provided from San Diego to Oceanside to connect with all trains.

Northbound buses will depart earlier than train schedules to allow on-time train departure from Oceanside.

Buses will not stop at Old Town but passengers may take the trolley to San Diego and board the Oceanside buses.

On April 17 and 18, track work being performed north of Los Angeles will result in changes to the following Pacific Surfliner Trains.

Train 763 will terminate at Los Angeles with Bus 4863 operating in its place to Oxnard and Train 1763 operating from Oxnard to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will operate between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Train 777 will terminate at Los Angeles with Bus 4877 operating in its place from Los Angeles to Oxnard and Train 1777 operating from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo.

Train 785 will terminate at Los Angeles with Bus 4885 operating in its place from Los Angeles to Oxnard and Train 1785 operating from Oxnard to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will be provided between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Buses will depart all stations earlier than the normal schedule. Trains traveling north of Oxnard will depart later than the normal schedule.

Train 768 will originate at Los Angeles. In place of Train 768, Train 1768 will operate from Goleta to Oxnard and operate as Bus 4868 from Oxnard to Los Angeles. Regular connecting bus service will be provided between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

Train 774 will operate as Train 1774 from San Luis Obispo to Oxnard as Bus 4874 from Oxnard to Los Angeles and as Train 774 from Los Angeles to San Diego.

Train 796 will originate at Los Angeles. In place of Train 796, Train 1796 will operate between Goleta and Oxnard and Bus 4896 will operate from Oxnard to Los Angeles. Regular connecting bus service will be provided between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

No alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stations of Glendale, Burbank Airport, Chatsworth, Simi Valley, Moorpark and Camarillo.

Buses will depart all stations earlier than the normal schedule. Trains traveling north of Oxnard will depart later than the normal schedule.

On April 18 the southbound Coast Starlight that departed Seattle the day before will be cancelled between Oxnard and Los Angeles, missing intermediate stops at Simi Valley, Van Nuys and Burbank.

Bus 4011 will hold at Oxnard for connecting passengers from the Starlight and provide alternate transportation (drop-off only) at Simi Valley, Van Nuys, Burbank and Los Angeles.

Del Mar Bluffs Repair Cost Put at $10.5M

March 25, 2021

Emergency repairs to the Del Mar Bluffs in Southern California are expected to cost about $10.5 million said the San Diego Association of Governments.

The work will involve construction of a 288-foot seawall and 18 vertical concrete and steel support columns tied into horizontal supports.

The project will seek to stabilize a section of the bluffs that collapsed in February within 35 feet of the tracks used by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner trains between San Diego and Los Angeles.

Since then Amtrak and Coaster commuter trains have slowed to 15 miles per house past the site. BNSF freight trains are restricted to 10 mph.

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

February 1, 2021

Track work being performed in San Diego County, California, will affect operations of Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service between Feb. 19 and March 21.

On Feb. 19 and March 12 and 19, Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles with bus service provided to San Diego serving all missed stops.

On Feb. 20-21, and March 13-14, 20-21, Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles and bus service will be provided for all missed stops.

Also during that time period, Trains 580, 768, 774, 1564 and 1584 will operate normally to Irvine with bus service provided to 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 with bus service provided from San Diego.

Buses will depart downtown San Diego, Solana Beach and Oceanside 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 are being directed to take the trolley to downtown San Diego to board buses to Irvine.

Pacific Surfliners Shift to All Reserved This Week

December 21, 2020

All Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains will require reservations for travel between Dec. 23 and 28.

In a service advisory Amtrak said a ticket will only be valid on the train on which a passenger holds a reservation.

During this period, multi-ride passengers with a monthly pass or 10-trip ticket must also confirm each trip in advance through the Amtrak RideReserve program.

Travel can be confirmed at Amtrak.com or on the Amtrak app by retrieving a ticket, choosing the date and direction of travel, and selecting “Confirm” on the train you would like to reserve a seat on.

Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL or at a staffed Amtrak station.

The Rail2Rail programs (COASTER and Metrolink) will observe a blackout period on the same dates, Dec. 23 through Dec. 28.

Trains will operate on a holiday schedule on Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas Day.

More information is available at PacificSurfliner.com/holiday

Study Eyes Capacity Expansion in California

December 1, 2020

A study has been released by California’s North County Transit District that sets forth a vision for expansion of passenger and freight rail services along the 351-mile corridor linking San Diego with San Luis Obispo via Los Angles.

Known as the LOSSAN rail corridor, it hosts about $1 billion in freight traffic and more than 8 million Amtrak and commuter rail trains.

The report provides a plan to support “efforts to holistically consolidate freight and passenger rail service needs into one executable operating plan, which also aligns with the goals of the 2018 California State Rail Plan,”

NCTD said it has identified infrastructure improvements needed to increase the corridor’s capacity, including eliminating some single track stretches.

Among the plans are expanding Coaster service to the Downtown San Diego Convention Center; extending service to a new Amtrak maintenance facility in National City; increasing freight services  to five roundtrips per day; and minimizing rail crossing delays by extending signaling and positive train control to improve rail speed and coordination with rail crossing gates. 

NCTD said it will work with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), LOSSAN Corridor AgencyCalifornia State Transportation Agency and other key stakeholders “to identify approximately $380 million to implement the prioritized mid-term improvements, and an additional $700 million to implement all phases of investment over the long-term planning horizon while advancing state and national economic, transportation, and environmental goals.” 

Bridge Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

November 7, 2020

Maintenance work on the bridge over the San Deiguito River near the Del Mar Fairgrounds has resulted in cancellation of some Pacific Surfliner service this weekend (Nov. 7 and 8).

Trains 580, 768, 774 and 1564 will terminate at Oceanside with express bus service provided from Oceanside to Solana Beach and San Diego.

Trains 796 and 1584 will operate normally to San Diego.

Trains 579, 593, 777 and 785 will originate at Oceanside with express bus service provided from San Diego and Solana Beach to Oceanside.

Trains 763 and 1767will originate at Solana Beach with express bus service provided from San Diego to Oceanside where passengers can connect to these trains.

No alternate service will be provided at San Diego Old Town but passengers have the option of taking the trolley to/from San Diego to connect with buses.

There is no direct bus service connecting Solana Beach and San Diego.

Buses may depart stations earlier than normal train schedules to allow for on time departures from Oceanside.

Station Development Begins in Oakley, California

October 28, 2020

Construction of a platform to serve Amtrak has begun in Oakley, California.

The project is for a 700-foot that will serve San Joaquin Service trains and is expected to be completed in 2022.

Passengers boarding in the Contra Costa County city of 35,000 will be able to reach Oakland less than an hour.

Station Lobbies Reopen on San Joaquin Route

October 10, 2020

The lobbies of stations located on Amtrak’s San Joaquins corridor have reopened.

Passengers may now enter the stations to buy tickets, check bags, and await their connections indoors.  

Stations affected and their hours are Bakersfield, 3:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Emeryville 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Fresno, 5:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; Hanford, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Oakland, 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Martinez, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Merced, 10:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Modesto, 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Stockton, 8:10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; and Sacramento, 5 a.m. to midnight.

The stations had closed last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those venturing inside the stations will be required to wear a facial mask and observe social distancing rules.

Cash will not be accepted as payment for tickets.