Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak in California’

PTC Operating on Capitol Corridor

November 15, 2018

Positive train control has been installed and tested on the route in California used by Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor trains.

The development was announced by the Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Amtrak and Union Pacific Railroad

The segment extends for 170 miles between San Jose and Auburn, California.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr and San Joaquin trains also use portions of the route.

In a news release, the CCJPA said it received Federal Railroad Administration approval on Oct. 24 to begin implementation of PTC.

Testing of the PTC system on the route had begun in July and PTC was enabled on a limited number of trains that were rotated throughout shared fleets of the Capital Corridor.

In early October, Amtrak deployed PTC on four weekday trains to test PTC on the Capitol Corridor route.


San Joaquin Service Being Disrupted Oct. 21

October 19, 2018

Due to BNSF track work San Joaquin No. 704 will operate on Oct. 21 only between Sacramento and Fresno, California.

The train ordinarily operates between Sacramento and Bakersfield.

Alternate transportation will be provided from Fresno to Bakersfield, making the missed intermediate station stop at Hanford.

Passengers should board Buses 4704 from Fresno, 5804 from Bakersfield, Bus 3904 to Stockton.

No alternate service will be provided at Corcoran or Wasco.

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

October 11, 2018

Weekend track work will affect operations of Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service between Oct. 12 and 14, and again between Oct. 19 and 21.

On Oct. 12 and 19 Train 590 will be cancelled and bus service will be provided from Los Angeles serving Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town and San Diego.

No transportation will be provided at Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine or San Juan Capistrano.

On Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21 Trains 562, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573, 1588 and 1590 will be cancelled with passengers directed to reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles and no alternate transportation will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego. Passengers can make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles. Bus service will be provided for all missed stops.

Southbound Trains 580, 768, 774, 792, 1564 and 1584 will terminate at Irvine with bus service being provided from Irvine to San Diego.

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

Northbound Trains 591, 595, 763, 777, 785, 1579, 1761 and 1767 will originate in Irvine with bus service being provided from San Diego to Irvine, connecting with these trains except Train 1761).

Express buses will depart from San Diego, Solana Beach, Oceanside and San Juan Capistrano to Irvine.

Northbound buses will depart earlier than their corresponding train. Passengers should contact Amtrak for bus schedules.

Buses will not pick up at Old Town. Those passengers have the option of taking the trolley to San Diego where they can board the buses to Irvine.

No checked baggage will be offered south of Santa Ana during the busing. Bicycles will be accepted on a space available basis.

Wild Fires Affect Coast Starlight

September 17, 2018

Amtrak has warned in a service advisory that wildfires north of Redding, California, may disrupt operations of the the Coast Starlight.

Delays and other service disruptions are still possible and a temporary track closure in the area might force Amtrak to halt service at Sacramento, California, and Klamath Falls, Oregon, without substitute transportation to and through Chico, Redding and Dunsmuir, California.

Passengers were directed to visit the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection website for the Delta Fire.

Amtrak also urged passengers to to check train status on or its  smartphone apps prior to departing.

Surfliners Change for Del Mar, Comic-Con

July 11, 2018

Starting July 18 some Pacific Surfliner schedules will change to accommodate passengers traveling to Del Mar racetrack and the Comic-Con being held in the area.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the two events are expected to stimulate heavy ridership between July 21 and Sept. 3.

Amtrak said Train 568 will operate as an extra round trip between Los Angeles and San Diego July 18 through 20.

Train 593 will operate as an extra round trip between San Diego and Los Angeles July 18 through 22.

Train 1568 will operate as an extra round trip between Los Angeles and San Diego July 21 through 22.

Trains 572, 583, 591, 768 and 796 will have schedule modifications on weekends between July 18 and Sept. 3. Specific details are available at

San Joaquins to Stop for Baseball Fans

July 11, 2018

Some Amtrak San Joaquins will made an extra stop on July 22 to accomodate baseball fans attending the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics.

Trains 711 and 718 will terminate and originate from Oakland Coliseum, beyond the normal start and end point of Oakland Jack London Square, to serve passengers attending the Sunday game.

San Joaquin Service Disrupted

June 18, 2018

Amtrak posted today a service advisory that San Joaquin service has been disrupted between Merced and Fresno, California, and that chartered buses will provide substitute transportation for the remainder of the day.

The service disruption was triggered by a temporary track closure imposed by on BNSF.

Passengers holding tickets for the affected trains will be directed to a bus that is operating at a similar departure times.

Amtrak said it would waive additional charges for customers looking to change their reservation during the modified schedule by calling our reservation center at 800-USA-RAIL. This included changing travel to another day.

San Joaquin to Skip Richmond on Sundays, Holidays

June 8, 2018

San Joaquins Train 710 will not serve Richmond, California, on Sundays and holidays through Sept. 9, Amtrak said in a service advisory.

Train 710 is scheduled to depart the Richmond station at 5:54 am on Sundays and holidays but passengers will not have access to the station due to hours of operation.

Instead, passengers can board Train 710 at the Emeryville or Martinez stations, or they may choose to board a later San Joaquins train, including Train 712 scheduled to depart the Richmond station at 7:54 a.m.

Late Night Concert Venue Service Set

May 15, 2018

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner will offer late night service to patrons attending events at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.

The specials will operate through Sept. 30 on select concert dates. The concert venue is located adjacent to Amtrak’s Irvine station.

Passengers who present a valid Pacific Surfliner ticket at the gate will receive expedited entry to the venue.

The late night service will operate from Irvine to Los Angeles and San Diego with trains departing approximately 20 minutes after most concerts.

Northbound No. 597 will depart Irvine at 11:20 p.m. en route to Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fullerton and Los Angeles.

The final southbound, No. 796, will depart Irvine at 11:19 p.m. en route to San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, Solana Beach and San Diego.

For more information, including a full list of concerts, promotional fares and detailed train schedules, visit

Late Train for A’s Fans on April 17

April 12, 2018

Fans of the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team will be able to ride a special late Capitol Corridor train after a night game on April 17.

Train 1550 will operate 30 minutes later than scheduled on the night that the A’s play the Chicago White Sox. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.