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Commuter Friendly Pacific Surfliner to Begin April 2 in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in California

February 27, 2018

Amtrak will launch a new Pacific Surfliner train on April 2 that will enable Ventura County residents to commute to Santa Barbara County for work five days a week.

The new service is being billed as an effort to reduce traffic congestion on Highway 101.

The Lossan Rail Corridor Agency board has approved the new schedules for the 351-mile coastal Lossan Corridor rail line that travels through San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

Northbound No. 759 will leave Simi Valley at 5:19 a.m., Moorpark at 5:31 a.m., Camarillo at 5:46 a.m., Oxnard at 5:58 a.m., Ventura at 6:12 a.m., Carpinteria at 6:34 a.m., Santa Barbara’s two stops at 6:47 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., and Goleta at 7:16 a.m.

Southbound No. 792 will leave Goleta at 4:25 p.m., Santa Barbara at 4:37 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., Carpinteria at 4:55 p.m., Ventura at 5:26 p.m., Oxnard at 5:40 p.m., Camarillo at 5:56 p.m., Moorpark at 6:25 p.m. and Simi Valley at 6:41 p.m.

Other Pacific Surfliner operate through the two counties on different schedules.

A Lossan staff report found that more than 15,000 people commute daily between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The $5 million cost of the new service will be divided between the California State Transportation Agency and the Santa Barbara County. The new train is operating for a two-year trial period.

Siemens to Complete Passenger Car Order

November 10, 2017

Siemens will replace Nippon Sharyo as the builder of new passenger cars for the departments of transportation of California and Illinois, the agencies have confirmed.

Caltrans said in a news release that it has amended its $371 million contract for new passenger cars so that Siemen and Sumitomo Corporation of American will complete the long delayed multi-state order.

Under the new contract, the order will include 137 single-level passenger railcars – 49 to Caltrans and 88 to IDOT.

The original contract called for bi-level cars with Sumitomo subcontracting construction of the cars to Nippon Sharyo. The revision designates Siemens as a subcontractor.

The cars are to be delivered in 24 to 34 months after production begins next year.

The original cars were being built in Rochelle, Illinois. A prototype car was completed, but failed to pass federal crashworthy tests.

The single-level cars will be constructed at a Siemens plant in Sacramento, California. All components will come from U.S.-based suppliers.

California plans to use the new passenger cars on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor trains. The equipment will also be used on Midwest corridor trains.