Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak Thruway buses’

New LA-Vegas Thruway Route Launched

May 21, 2021

Amtrak has established a new daily Thruway route linking Los Angeles with Las Vegas.

The bus route connects with Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service and operates twice daily.

Intermediate stops are made at San Bernardino, Victorville, and Barstow, as well as two stops in Las Vegas.

Passengers are guaranteed a connection to Surfliner trains. However, Thruway passengers can buy bus tickets without a train segment if they so choose.

LA-Vegas Thruway Service Modified

May 10, 2021

Amtrak has modified its Thruway bus service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The buses are now following as outlined below.

A new service operated by Alvand Transportation will travel between Los Angeles and Las Vegas daily, connecting to Pacific Surfliner Trains 579, 580, 763, 768, 777 and 796.

Buses will make intermediate stops at San Bernardino, Victorville and Barstow.

More information is available at

New Thruway Stops in Emeryville, Las Vegas

April 9, 2021

Amtrak Thruway bus services in California and Nevada have new stops in two cities.

In Emeryville, California, Thruway buses are no longer stopping in front of the Emeryville Station.

Instead, the buses have moved to the bus stalls located on the ground floor of the parking garage immediately next to the Emeryville station.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said disembarking passengers should turn left on the path just before the station to get to the bus stalls.

In Las Vegas, Thruway buses will stop at new locations. The downtown buses will board on South 1st Street across from the Bonneville Transit Center just north of Garces Avenue.

This stop is for Thruway Bus service to Bakersfield, Barstow, Mojave, Tehachapi, Filmore, Santa Paula, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.

The South Strip Transfer Center will board buses to Bakersfield and Kingman on Gilespie Street offering service to Bakersfield, Santa Barbara and intermediate stops. Shuttle connections are available here to Kingman, Arizona.

Changes Made in Oregon Thruway Bus Schedules

February 23, 2021

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s POINT Amtrak Thruway bus service has changed some of its schedules.

Bus 5504 is now operating 1 hour and 10 minutes earlier, departing Eugene station at 7 a.m.

Bus 5506 is now running 1 hour and 5 minutes earlier, departing Eugene at 1:10 p.m. while Bus 5518 will operate five minutes earlier, departing Eugene at 11:45 am.

Bus 5503 will operate 25 minutes earlier, departing Portland station at noon while Bus 5547will operate 30 minutes earlier, departing Portland at 5 p.m.

Other POINT bus schedules from Portland are unaffected by the changes.

Multi-ride tickets are available for use on both Amtrak Cascades and POINT services between Portland and Eugene.

Thruway Service Expands in Oregon

November 27, 2020

Amtrak has begun start selling Interline Thruway Service in Oregon from Eugene to Florence and Eugene to Oakridge.

The buses are operated by Pacific Crest Lines.

Buses 8191, 8192, 8193, 8194, 8195 and 8196 will offer service between Eugene and Oakridge, with an intermediate stop at Westfir.

Buses 8612, 8613, 8614 and 8615 will offer service between Eugene and Florence, with intermediate stops at Veneta, Mapleton and Florence (Three Rivers Casino).

Flagstaff-Williams Thruway Bus Route Reinstated

November 7, 2020

Amtrak Thruway bus service has resumed between Flagstaff and Williams, Arizona.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the service, which is provided by Route 66 Express, is timed to connect with Amtrak’s Southwest Chief stops at Flagstaff.

Passengers will be able to self-transfer to allow through booking to the Grand Canyon Railway train excursion out to Grand Canyon National Park from Williams to Grand Canyon station.

Bus Schedules Change in North Carolina; Buses Replace Trains to Atlantic City

October 22, 2020

Eastern North Carolina Thruway Service changed on Oct. 20 at certain cities with the changes in effect through Aug. 20, 2021.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said buses 6089 and 6090 are suspended while Buses 6189 and 6190 are canceled on Tuesdays.

Bus service is suspended at Goldsboro, Kinston, Havelock, Morehead City and Swansboro.

Bus service will continue at Wilmington, Jacksonville, New Bern, Greenville and Wilson.

In an unrelated development New Jersey Transit will substitute buses for trains on weekends between Philadelaphia (30th Street Station) and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The bus substitutions will continue through Dec. 18 due to work on the Delair Bridge. The work will affect rail service between 4 a.m. on Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Passengers boarding at 30th Street station will board the bus on JFK Boulevard across from the station’s 30th Street entrance. The bus will depart at the scheduled train time.

Those traveling on a bus to 30th Street Station will disembark on  the driveway on the 30th Street side of the station right outside the doors.

Oregon Thruway Bus Changes Announced

October 1, 2020

Several service changed became effective Oct. 1 on Thruway bus service serving Amtrak’s Cascades Service trains in Oregon.

The changes all effect SouthWest POINT connecting service, Amtrak said in a service advisory.

Bus 8644 will operate between Klamath Falls and Medford Front Street Station but no longer stop at Selma or Gold Hill.

At Medford, passengers may connect to Josephine County Transit to reach Cave Junction for free by showing an Amtrak ticket.

Bus 8714 will operate between Cave Junction Inn and Brookings on Monday through Friday. The bus will no longer stop at White City.

Bus 8611 will operate between Brookings and Cave Junction Inn with service ending at Selma and Gold Hill.

Passengers may connect to Josephine County Transit to reach Medford for free by showing an Amtrak ticket.

Bus 8711 will operate between Medford Front Street Station and Klamath Falls but no longer stop at White City.

The Grant Pass bus stop has moved to 500 N.W. 6th Street (Anne Basker Auditorium).

Track Work to Disrupt San Joaquins

September 2, 2020

Track work will disrupt operations of some San Joaquin trains between Sept. 13 and 14, Amtrak said in a service advisory.

During that period Trains 701, 702, 703, 704, 714 and 717 and their Thruway Bus connections are canceled.

Trains 712 and 716 will terminate at Corcoran, California on Sept 13 with no alternate service being provided at Wasco.

Amtrak Thruway Buses 4012 and 4016 will provide alternate transportation between Corcoran and Bakersfield.

Train 718 will terminate at Corcoran on Sept. with Amtrak Thruway Bus 4018 originating in Corcoran and providing alternate transportation between Corcoran and Bakersfield. However, that bus will not provide service to Wasco.

Train 711 will originate at Corcoran on Sept. 14. Bus 4011 will provide alternate transportation between Bakersfield and Corcoran but will not serve Wasco.

Bus 4011 will connect with Bus 5811, which will depart all station stops from San Diego to Bakersfield 15 minutes earlier than normally scheduled.

Train 713 will originate at Corcoran on Sep. 14. Thruway Bus 4013 will provide alternate transportation between Bakersfield and Corcoran except at Wasco.

Train 719 will at Corcoran on Sept. 13 with Bus 4019 providing alternate transportation between Bakersfield and Corcoran except for Wasco.

Buses 4011, 4012, 4013, 4016, 4018 and 4019 will not provide checked baggage service between Corcoran and Bakersfield.

Bus schedule times may vary. Check for the most up to date Thruway schedules.

Thruway Route Returns to San Francisco

August 15, 2020

Amtrak Thruway bus service between San Francisco and Emeryville, California, has resumed although on a reduced schedule.

The buses connect in Emeryville with Amtrak’s San Joaquins, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight and some Capitol Corridor trains.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the buses will only stop at the San Francisco Salesforce Plaza and Emeryville stations. Buses will not stop at the Oakland Jack London station.

Seating capacity is limited in order to maintain social distancing.