Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak western corridor trains’

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.

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Cascades To be Disrupted by Track Work

February 15, 2019

Amtrak has announced more service disruptions for its Cascades Service due to track work.

The work by host railroad BNSF will affect operations between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

On Feb. 20 Train No. 519 may see minor delays while on Feb. 22 Nos. 516 and 519 will be canceled.

Alternate transportation will be provided on Thruway Buses 3516 and 4519, for all missed stops at Vancouver, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Stanwood, Everett and Edmonds.

Cascades Service Modified Due to Weather

February 9, 2019

Amtrak has canceled some Cascades Service between Portland and Seattle due to weather related concerns.

The changes took effect today (Feb. 9) and are expected to continue through Sunday until conditions improve.

Canceled were trains train 506, 507 and 517. In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers with reservations on those trains will be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day. Reservation books fees will be waived.

These changes are in additional to other service modifications Amtrak had previously announced for Cascades Service due to Union Pacific track work in Oregon.

Those service changes are in effect between Feb. 9 and 13 and affect Amtrak Cascades Trains 505, 506, 508, 511 and 513 on the following dates

On Feb. 9 and 10 Train 506, which normally operates between Eugene and Seattle, will originate in Portland.

Bus 3506 will operate from Eugene to Portland, departing Eugene, Albany, Oregon City and Salem one hour earlier to connect with Train 506.

Train 513, which normally operates between Portland and Eugene is cancelled and alternate transportation will be provided via Bus 3513, to missed station stops at Eugene, Albany, Salem and Oregon City. There is no connecting train at Portland.

On Feb. 11, 12 and 13, Train 508, which normally operates between Eugene and Seattle, will originate in Portland.

Bus 3508 will operate from Eugene to Portland, departing Eugene, Albany, Oregon City and Salem one hour earlier to connect with Train 508.

Train 511, which normally operates between Portland and Eugene will be cancelled and alternate transportation, via Bus 4511, will be provided to missed stops at Eugene, Albany, Salem and Oregon City. There is no connecting train at Portland.

Tunnel Could Enable Amtrak to Serve San Francisco

February 9, 2019

In its nearly 50-history Amtrak has never directly served San Francisco by rail. That may change if a study of building a second Transbay crossing finds it feasible to make it possible for Amtrak to go into the city.

However, that project, if it comes about, is expected to take 20 years and $16 billion to complete.

The idea is to link Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor with San Francisco. The corridor currently operates between Auburn and San Jose.

The proposed second tunnel under San Francisco Bay would end at the Transbay Transit Center.

Capitol Corridor trains would then turn south to serve cities on the Peninsula.

An existing tunnel in operation now serves BART trains.

For now BART is putting together a team of consultants. “The consultancy team will be comprised of people who will do program management and strategic advising on this effort,” said David Kutrosky, Managing Director of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, which oversees Amtrak’s services on the 170-mile Capitol Corridor.

The tunnel could also be used by Caltrain and a proposed high-speed intercity rail network from Los Angeles.

Kutrosky said it’s possible that the new tunnel would only be used by BART.

“We need to do due diligence and full analysis and that’s what we’re doing over the next couple of years,” he said.

At present, Amtrak passengers wanting to reach San Francisco must transfer to BART at Richmond or take a bus or ferry across the Bay.

Track Work Affects Pacific Surfliners

January 12, 2019

Weekend Pacific Surfliner service is being curtailed through Feb. 10 due to track work being performed by the North County Transit District.

On Fridays through Feb. 8, Train No. 590 will be cancelled and passengers directed to reservations on 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 Saturdays and Sundays for the periods Jan. 12 – 13 and Feb. 9 – 10, Trains 562, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573 and 1590 will be cancelled. Passengers can make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles with no alternate transportation being mad available \between Los Angeles and San Diego. Passengers can make reservations aboard other Pacific Surfliner trains.

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

Some San Joaquin Scheduled Changed

December 17, 2018

Amtrak has changed some schedules of its San Joaquins to better serve the needs of weekend leisure travelers on trains 718 and 1701, as well as provide boarding and travel time relief to early morning travelers on train 701.

Train 701, which normally departs Fresno at 4:25 a.m. will depart at 4:45 a.m and arrive in Sacramento at 7:59 a.m.

Train 718 will now provide service from Oakland to Bakersfield with a shorter bus ride to Los Angeles on Fridays, Saturdays and the day before holidays. Train 718 will be renumbered as train 1718 on these days.

Train 1701 will operate from Bakersfield to Sacramento with a shorter bus ride from Los Angeles on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Amtrak To Test, Train on Point Defiance Route

December 7, 2018

Amtrak will be conducting training and testing this month on the Point Defiance Bypass in Washington State.

The runs will be conducted during both daytime and nighttime hours at speeds of up to 79 p.m. on Dec. 8 and between Dec. 15 and 16.

The route extends between Tacoma and DuPont and passes through Lakewood.

Amtrak plans to begin scheduled service on the route next spring.

The passenger carrier had started service over the Point Defiance Bypass in late 2017, but on Dec. 18, the first day of service, Cascades Service train 501 derailed on a curve near DuPont.

Investigators have said the train was traveling too fast at the time of the derailment, which left three dead.

Reservations Needed for Holiday Travel on Some Trains

November 15, 2018

Reservations will be required for travel on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner trains between Nov. 19-25 during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Reservations will also be needed for travel aboard the San Joaquin trains between Nov. 18-26.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said a ticket aboard these trains will only be valid if the passenger has a reservation.

Multi-ride tickets are valid during this holiday period but do not guarantee a seat without a reservation.

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.