Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service’

Rail2Rail Suspended for Weekend in California

May 25, 2019

Expected heavy ridership has prompted Amtrak to suspend for the Memorial Day weekend its Rail2Rail program on its Pacific Surfliner route.

The suspension will last between May 24 and 28 with the program resuming on May 29.

In a service advisory Amtrak said it will not accept Coaster and Metrolink tickets on any Pacific Surfliner trains.

Assault on Amtrak Conductor Results in Arrest

April 25, 2019

A man on parole was arrested after allegedly assaulting a conductor on Tuesday aboard a an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train.

Police said the man had boarded Train 565 and allegedly grabbed the conductor pushed him against a wall after the conductor asked to see the man’s ticket.

Authorities said the incident happened as the train was nearing Oceanside, California.

As Oceanside police sought to take the man into custody, he began struggling with an officer and sought to escape on foot. The man reportedly did not have a ticket to ride the train.

The suspect’s name has not been released, but authorities said he lives in Los Angeles and was arrested on suspicion of assault and violating his parole.

The Amtrak conductor was reported to have a sore shoulder but did not need medical care.

The incident delayed Train 565 for about a half-hour.

Cleaner Chargers Touted on Earth Day in California

April 25, 2019

Amtrak celebrated Earth Day this week by touting the inauguration of 14 new Siemens Charger locomotives in Pacific Surfliner Service.

The locomotives are not actually new, having been shown off at a media event last October.

Amtrak, the California Department of Transportation, and the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency said that Chargers now pull most of the 24 daily Pacific Surfliner trains.

The locomotives were built in Sacramento, California, and have been certified as meeting the Tier IV emissions standards of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials have said the Charges are 90 percent cleaner than the 20-year-old locomotives that they replaced.

Caltrans funded the locomotives with $100 million in state, federal and local funds.

The North Country Transit District plans to buy Chargers for use on its Coaster trains between Oceanside and San Diego.

Festivals to Affect California Thruway Service

April 13, 2019

Two festivals will disrupt Amtrak’s Thruway Service to Indio, California, that support Pacific Surfliner trains.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the Coachella Music and Arts Festival that begins on April 12 and the Stagecoach Festival that starts on April 26 will create heavy traffic on Interstate 10.

Amtrak Thruway Bus service scheduled have been adjusted as follows:
Buses 5417 and 5419 will operate 60 minutes earlier from Indio through Palm Springs Downtown, missing station stop Cabazon and resuming normal schedule at San Bernardino.

Bus 4985 will operate 30 minutes earlier from Palm Springs Airport through Riverside and will not stop at Cabazon April 15, 22 and 29.

Buses 4967 and 4968 will operate on a regular schedule but will not stop at Cabazon on April 15, 22 and 29.

New Siding to Cut Pacific Surfliner Delays

March 30, 2019

Construction of a passing siding is expected to reduce delays for Amtrak trains on Los Angles-San Diego route.

The $34 million project is being overseen by the Orange County Transportation Authority and involves a 1.8-mile siding from the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink station to San Juan Capistrano.

The route is used by 60 Metrolink and Amtrak trains and will eliminate a practice whereby one train has to stop and wait for an opposing train near the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station.

A study conducted by OCTA found that southbound trains sometimes must wait up to five minutes for northbound train to clear.

Construction is expected to be completed by early 2021.

The work is not expected to significantly affect rail travel although officials said there may be intermittent service disruptions on weekends.

Most of the cost of the project is being provided by state and federal funding.

Once the project is completed, the Los Angeles-San Diego corridor will still have single track between San Juan Capistrano and the San Diego County line.

Pacific Surfliner Schedules to Change April 8

March 28, 2019

Amtrak said that effective April 8 the schedules of select Pacific Surfliner trains will change.

Train 572 will depart Los Angeles 14 minutes earlier than scheduled at 10:40 a.m.

Train 573 will depart San Diego 30 minutes later than scheduled at 11:15 a.m.

Track Work to Affect Pacific Surfliners

March 28, 2019

The North County Transit District is conducting track work in April that will will affect operations of Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service on weekends.

On April 12 Train 590 will be cancelled and passengers advised to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

However, bus service will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego, making stops at Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and San Diego Downtown.

No alternate transportation will be provided to Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.

On April 13 and 15 Trains 562, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573 and 1590 will be cancelled with travelers advised to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

In a service advisory Amtrak said Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles and no alternate transportation will be provided between Los Angeles and San Diego.

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

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

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

Trains 591, 595, 763, 777, 785, 1579, 1761 and 1767 will originate in Irvine with connecting bus service provided from San Diego for all trains except No. 1761.

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.

Amtrak said the buses will not pick up at Old Town San Diego and passengers should take the trolley to downtown San Diego to board buses to Irvine.

Bus service ervice will not be provided to connect with Train 1761 and Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between Irvine and Los Angeles.

Veterans Fares Reinstated in California

March 27, 2019

Discounted fares for military veterans have been reinstated on three Amtrak-operated routes in California.

The 15 percent discounted fares had been discontinued in March 2018 when Amtrak ended those fares nationwide.

The restored veteran’s fares are part of the California Everyday Discount program, which also has discounted fares for students, seniors and passengers with disabilities.

Route affected by the fares include the Capitol Corridor, Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquins.

“We’re proud to partner with the

Discounted fares for military veterans have been reinstated on three Amtrak-operated routes in California.

The 15 percent discounted fares had been discontinued in March 2018 when Amtrak ended those fares nationwide.

The restored veteran’s fares are part of the California Everyday Discount program, which also has discounted fares for students, seniors and passengers with disabilities.

Route affected by the fares include the Capitol Corridor, Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquins.

“We’re proud to partner with the Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner to bring back the veteran’s discount,” said Vito Chiesa, chair of the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, which manages the Amtrak San Joaquins route.

Van Nuys Station to be Closed

March 15, 2019

Scheduled track work will result in the temporary closing of the Amtrak station in Van Nuys, California, on April 13

The change affects passengers boarding or disembarking from Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight trains.

Passengers are being advised to instead board or disembark at Los Angeles. Hollywood Burbank Airport or Chatsworth

Amtrak said minimal delays are expected during the track work.

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

February 15, 2019

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliners will be disrupted by track work on weekends between March 1 and 10.

The track work is being conducted by the North County Transit District.

On March 1 and 8 Train 590 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Bus service will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego, making stops at Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and San Diego Downtown.

No alternate transportation will be provided to Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.

On March 2, 3, 9 and 10 Trains 562, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573 and 1590 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles and 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.

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 only.

Trains 591, 595, 763, 777, 785, 1579, 1761 and 1767 will originate in Irvine with bus service provided from San Diego to Irvine to connect with the trains listed above, with the exception of Train 1761.

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.

Bus also service will not be provided to connect with Train 1761.

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 dates shown above. Alternate bus service will not serve San Clemente Pier.