Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak western corridor trains’

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.

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California Shows Off New Chargers

October 10, 2018

California officials and Amtrak recently showed off the livery to be used on the 14 new Charger locomotives that are being assigned to Pacific Surfliner service.

The locomotives and their livery were introduced at a ceremony at Los Angeles Union Station that was sponsored by the California Department of Transportation, Amtrak and the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency.

The units were built by Siemens in Sacramento, California, and have received the Tier IV emissions certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making the Charger one of the cleanest diesel-electric passenger locomotives in operation.

Caltrans funded the locomotives with $100 million in state, federal and local funds. The Chargers will replace Amtrak-owned locomotives that are nearly 20 years old.

Waiting in Seattle

September 13, 2018

A pair of Talgo trains used in Amtrak’s Cascades Service await a highball at Seattle’s King Street Station.

The train on  the right will head for Portland, Oregon, while the train on  the left is going to Vancouver, British Columbia.

As is typical in Seattle, it is a cloudy, gloomy day.

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 Amtrak.com.

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 www.pacificsurfliner.com/livenation

Pacific Surfliner Disruptions set for April 20-22

April 12, 2018

Amtrak has announced that track work being performed by the North County Transit District will affect Pacific Surfliner service on April 20-22.

On April 20, Train 590 will be cancelled and bus service will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego.

The buses will stop at Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town and San Diego, but will skip stations at Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley.

On April 21 and 22, trains 562, 565, 572, 573, 583, 1566, 1567 and 1588 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will operate normally to Los Angeles, but no alternate transportation will be offered between Los Angeles and San Diego. Passengers are directed to make reservations aboard other Pacific Surfliner trains.

Train 796 will operate normally to Los Angeles with bus service being provided for all missed stops, except Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley.

Trains 564, 580, 584, 768, 774 and 792 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 579, 591, 595, 763, 769, 777, 785 and 1761 will originate in Irvine with bus service being 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 and bus service will not be provided to connect with Train 1761.

Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between San Juan Capistrano and Los Angeles.

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.

Pacific Surfliner Schedules Change

April 11, 2018

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner schedules changed on April 1. Among the changes are an earlier northbound train to Santa Barbara and Goleta, California.

Other changes included the cancellation of Train 761 and its replacement by Train 561, which now terminates in Los Angeles.

Train 759 will serve as a new early morning option to travel between Los Angeles and Goleta.

Other minor schedule adjustments were also made, Amtrak said in a service advisory.