Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak western corridor trains’

San Joaquins Detour to Miss Lodi on Select Dates

September 14, 2019

Union Pacific track work on Sept. 23, 30 and Oct. 7 will result in a detour of San Joaquins 703 and 704 and thereby missing the station stop at Lodi, California.

The detour will be between Stockton and Sacramento and trains may incur delays of up to 30 minutes.

No alternative transportation is being provided to or from Lodi on the days of the detours for passengers who had plans to travel there on Nos. 703 and 704.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers planning to travel to Lodi on these dates should use other Amtrak San Joaquins or Thruway buses.

 

County Wants all NTSB Recommendations Implemented Before Amtrak Returns to Point Defiance Bypass

September 14, 2019

A Washington state county has issued a list of actions that it wants to see implemented before rail passenger service resumed on the Point Defiance Bypass.

The Pierce County Council has asked Amtrak, Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation not to use the route until all of the recommendations issued by the National Transportation Board are in place.

The NTSB issued the recommendations in its report into the cause of a Dec. 18, 2017, derailment of an Amtrak Cascades train that left three dead and dozens injured.

The derailment occurred on the first day of revenue service for Amtrak on the route, which is located between Tacoma and Olympia, Washington.

Amtrak suspended use of the Point Defiance route following the derailment and has not said when it will resume using it.

Among the NTSB recommendations were implementation of positive train control on the route and ending the use of older Talgo Series VI trainsets. WSDOT has already said it plans to do the latter.

No date has been set for Amtrak to resume using the Point Defiance Bypass and the resolution by Pierce County has no legal effect because it has no regulatory powers over the rail line.

Track Work to Disrupt Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliners

September 10, 2019

Scheduled track work between Los Angeles and Chatsworth, California, will disrupt operations of Amtrak’s Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner.

No. 11 will detour between Oakland and Los Angles on Sept. 12-15 while No. 14 will detour between Sept. 14-16.

Both trains are expected to incur delays of up to 60 minutes during the detours.

Both trains will miss the scheduled intermediate stops in San Jose, Salinas, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Van Nuys and Burbank.

No alternative transportation is being provided to most of those stations with Amtrak saying passengers should use local travel services.

Bus 4011 will connect with Train 11 and operate between Oakland and San Luis Obispo, making intermediate station stops at San Jose, Salinas and Paso Robles.

The track work will affect Pacific Surfliner operations as follows:

Between Sept. 14 and 16 Train 759 will operate as Bus 4859 from Los Angeles to Chatsworth, as Train 759 from Chatsworth to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will run north from Santa Barbara.

Train 763 will operate as a train from San Diego to Los Angeles, as Bus 4863 from Los Angeles to Chatsworth and as Train 1763 from Chatsworth to San Luis Obispo. Regular connecting bus service will run north from San Luis Obispo.

Train 767 will operate as a train from San Diego to Los Angeles, as Bus 4867 from Los Angeles to Chatsworth, Train 3767 from Chatsworth to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will run north from Santa Barbara.

Train 777 will operate as a train from San Diego to Los Angeles, as Bus 4877 from Los Angeles to Chatsworth and as Train 1777 from Chatsworth to San Luis Obispo. Regular connecting bus service will run north from San Luis Obispo.

Train 785 will operate as a train from San Diego to Los Angeles, as Bus 4885 Los Angeles to Chatsworth and as Train 1785 from Chatsworth to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will run north from Santa Barbara.

Trains 1761 will operate as a train from San Diego to Los Angeles, as Bus 4861 from Los Angeles to Chatsworth and as Train 3561 from Chatsworth to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will run north from Santa Barbara.

Train 1767 will operate as a train from San Diego to Los Angeles, as Bus 4867 from Los Angeles to Chatsworth and as Train 3767 from Chatsworth to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will run north from Santa Barbara.

No alternate transportation will be provided to missed stations Glendale, Burbank or Van Nuys.

Trains beginning with 35 and 37, buses beginning with 48 and 17 series trains north of Chatsworth, will depart all stations later than the normal train schedule.

Between Sept. 14 to 16 Train 768 will operate as a train from Los Angeles to San Diego, as Bus 4868 from Chatsworth to Los Angeles and as Train 1768 from Goleta to Chatsworth. Regular connecting bus service from the north will connect at Santa Barbara.

Train 774 will operate as a train from Los Angeles to San Diego, as Bus 4874 from Chatsworth to Los Angeles and as Train 1774 from San Luis Obispo to Chatsworth. Regular connecting bus service from the north will connect at Santa Barbara.

Train 782 will operate as a train from Los Angeles to San Diego, as Bus 4882 from Chatsworth to Los Angeles and as Train 1782 from Goleta to Chatsworth. Regular connecting bus service from the north will connect at Santa Barbara.

Train 792 will operate as a train from Los Angeles to San Diego, as Bus 4892 from Chatsworth to Los Angeles and as Train 1792 from Goleta to Chatsworth. Regular connecting bus service from the north will connect at Santa Barbara.

Train 796 will operate as a train from Los Angeles to San Diego, as Bus 4896 from Chatsworth to Los Angeles and as Train 1796 from San Luis Obispo to Chatsworth. Regular connecting bus service from the north will connect at San Luis Obispo.

No alternate transportation will be provided to missed stations Van Nuys, Burbank or Glendale.

Southbound trains beginning with 17 will depart all stations on the normal train schedule. Chatsworth to Los Angeles buses beginning with 48, will depart after the train arrives.

Schedules Changed for Oakland Raider Fans

September 5, 2019

The schedules of Capitol Corridor Trains 545 and 550 on Sept. 9 to accommodate fans of the Oakland Raiders National Football League team.

Train 545 will be extended to terminate at the Oakland Coliseum station, arriving at 6:48 p.m.

Train 550 will depart 50 minutes later, at 10:50 p.m., instead of 10 p.m.

Student Discount Fares Offered in Capitol Corridor

September 4, 2019

Multiride fares are being offered to California college students by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority.

The fares are part of the Stride On Board rewards program and offer a 25 percent discount for six rides over a one-year period on Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor trains between San Jose and Auburn, California.

Students must present a valid student identification card to receive the discount.

CCJPA said in a news release that students who buy the ticket can also join Stride On Board via mobile application to receive coupons for use on trains in the cafe car, as well as at participating eco-friendly retailers within the CCJPA’s service area.

Among the colleges served by the 170-mile Capitol Corridor route are the University of California, Davis; UC Berkeley; UC Santa Barbara; Santa Clara University; California State University, Chico; Humboldt State University and California Polytechnic State University.

New Equipment Will Replace Talgos on Cascade Route

August 27, 2019

The Washington State Department of Transportation will receive a federal grant to replace three state-owned Talgo 6 trainsets used in Amtrak Cascades service.

WSDOT received a $37.5 million Federal Railroad Administration grant to be used to meet half of the equipment replacement costs.

One of the three trainsets to be replaced was damaged in a December 2017 derailment that left three passengers dead.

The new equipment will be acquired through Amtrak’s 2019-2020 national equipment replacement contract.

“By participating in this national procurement process with other states that sponsor passenger service, [the state transportation department] will be able to leverage the buying power of both Amtrak and other states,” WSDOT said in a statement.

One bidder will be selected to provide various configurations depending on what each state desires.

In a statement, the FRA said the new passenger cars “will provide flexible train car capacity, reduce infrastructure lifecycle costs for the Amtrak Cascades fleet, and improve onboard amenities.”

Aside from the FRA grant, funding for the new equipment will come from state funding as well as insurance proceeds from the trainset lost in the derailment.

The new equipment is expected to arrive in the mid-2020s. In the interim, Amtrak is seeking temporary equipment to replace Talgo 6 trainsets currently in service.

Track Work to Affect San Joaquins

August 17, 2019

Track work being conducted by BNSF will affect the operation of some San Joaquin trains on Aug. 21-24 and 26-29.

On Aug 21-23 and 26-28, Train 718 will operate from Oakland to Merced with Bus 1718 operating from Merced to Bakersfield, making station stops at Fresno and Hanford.

No alternate service will be provided for Madera, Corcoran or Wasco.

Bus 5818 will wait at Bakersfield for connecting passengers from Bus 1718.

On Aug. 22-24 and 27-29, Train 713 will operate from Merced to Oakland with Bus 1713 operating 60 minutes earlier from Bakersfield to Merced, making the station stops at Fresno and Hanford. No alternate service will be provided for Corcoran, Wasco or Madera.

Bus 5413 from San Bernardino, Bus 5713 from Los Angeles and Bus 5813 from Santa Ana will operate 60 minutes earlier at all stops to Bakersfield.

Track Work to Affect Some Cascades

August 15, 2019

On Aug. 20, Train 517, will operate between Seattle and Portland with alternate transportation provided, by Bus 3517 to missed stops at Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Stanwood, Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Vancouver.

Trains  516 and 519 will be cancelled and alternate transportation will be provided on Bus 4519 to missed stops at Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Stanwood, Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Vancouver.

Train 748 Schedule to Change for One Day

August 15, 2019

Train 748, which normally departs San Jose at 9:10 p.m. and arrives in Sacramento at 12:14 am, will depart San Jose at 11:17 p.m.

It will depart Santa Clara-Great America Station at 11:30 p.m.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the train will not wait for late passengers, even if the concert runs long.

Temporary Boarding Changes Made in Fullerton

August 6, 2019

Amtrak has implemented boarding changes in Fullerton, California, that it said in a service advisory are intended to provide more reliable service.

The changes are in effect through Aug. 16.

Pacific Surfliner morning trains will use the opposite track at the Fullerton station Monday through Friday.

Northbound passengers traveling to or from Los Angeles on Trains 561, 565, 569, 763 and 767 will board from Track 3.

Southbound passengers traveling to or from San Diego on Trains 562, 564, 566, 572, 768 and 774 will board from Track 1.