Posts Tagged ‘San Joaquin service’

2 San Joaquins to be Reinstated

June 27, 2021

Two San Joaquin trains will be reinstated effective June 28. Also being revived are Amtrak Thruway connections to those trains.

Being reinstated are Trains 714 and 717 operating between Oakland Jack London Square and Bakersfield, California.

The Thruway connections for those trains are RT 1 between Bakersfield and Los Angeles; RT 3 between Davis, Sacramento and Stockton; and RT 99 between Emeryville and San Francisco.

Public Comment Sought on Revised California High-Speed Business Plan

February 18, 2021

The California High Speed Rail Authority is seeking public comment on a revised draft of its 2020 business plan to complete construction of high-speed rail service in the Central Valley.

The draft report outlines a plan to complete the project while highlighting progress to get high-speed trains running in California as soon as possible.

The report supports the Authority’s earlier decision to develop an electrified Merced-Fresno-Bakersfield high-speed rail interim-service line in the Central Valley, while continuing to advance environmental reviews and current investments in local and regional infrastructure projects in Northern and Southern California.

Authority and state officials also expressed optimism that the Biden administration will be supportive of the high-speed plan.

That would be a change from the position of the Trump administration, which canceled federal funding for the project and sought to claw back some federal funding already spent on it.

Acting FRA Administrator Amit Bose said a recent statement that the U.S. Department of Transportation “looks forward to partnering with California” on high-speed rail.”

The original plan for the California high-speed rail project was to build between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

But cost increases and project delays have led to changes. The Authority now is looking to complete the 119-mile Central Valley construction segment and lay track pursuant to the state’s federal-funding grant agreements with the FRA.

It also is eyeing expanding the Central Valley segment to 171 miles of electrified high-speed rail, connecting Merced-Fresno-Bakersfield and to begin testing electrified high-speed trains by 2026-2027.

Those trains would be placed into service by the end of that decade.

As for serving San Francisco and Los Angeles, the authority wants to environmentally clear all segments of the Phase 1 system between two cities and advance construction on “bookend” projects that the authority has committed funding to in the LA and Bay areas.

It said it will pursue additional funding to close the gaps and expand the service to the Bay Area and LA as soon as possible.

The Authority Board recently agreed to seek $4.1 billion in state bonds authorized by voters 12 years ago.

Construction that is now underway is projected to cost $330 million more than was anticipated.

Track construction is now projected to last through 2023, a year later than what was projected last year.

In an effort to cut costs, service may begin on a single-track railroad with passing sidings and leased equipment.

Officials say double tracking would need to be completed before the San Francisco Bay Area is linked to the line with 220-mph trains.

Connections would be made at Merced to extended Amtrak’s San Joaquin service and Altamont Corridor Express commuter into the Central Valley from the Bay Area and Sacramento.

Stockton Waiting Room Temporarily Closed

December 16, 2020

The Amtrak station waiting room in Stockton, California, is temporarily closed.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said trains will continue to stop at the station and passengers will have access to boarding platforms.

However, passengers will not have access to the inside of the station or restrooms.

Amtrak did not give a reason for the closing or indicate how long it would last.

Stockton is served by Amtrak’s San Joaquin Service trains.

Station Development Begins in Oakley, California

October 28, 2020

Construction of a platform to serve Amtrak has begun in Oakley, California.

The project is for a 700-foot that will serve San Joaquin Service trains and is expected to be completed in 2022.

Passengers boarding in the Contra Costa County city of 35,000 will be able to reach Oakland less than an hour.

Station Lobbies Reopen on San Joaquin Route

October 10, 2020

The lobbies of stations located on Amtrak’s San Joaquins corridor have reopened.

Passengers may now enter the stations to buy tickets, check bags, and await their connections indoors.  

Stations affected and their hours are Bakersfield, 3:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Emeryville 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Fresno, 5:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; Hanford, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Oakland, 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Martinez, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Merced, 10:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Modesto, 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Stockton, 8:10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; and Sacramento, 5 a.m. to midnight.

The stations had closed last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those venturing inside the stations will be required to wear a facial mask and observe social distancing rules.

Cash will not be accepted as payment for tickets.

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 https://amtraksanjoaquins.com/amtrak-san-joaquins-covid-19-service-adjustments/ for the most up to date Thruway schedules.

San Joaquin Thruway Bus Routes Changed

August 1, 2020

Amtrak has announced that effective Aug. 1 several changes will occur in the operation of three San Joaquin Thruway bus routes.

Route 12 will see certain service suspensions and changes.

Buses 3410 and 3415 are suspended and will no longer serve Victorville, Little Rock, Palmdale, Lancaster, Mojave and Tehachapi bus stops.

The Alvand Transportation Buses 5612 and 5619 will begin serving Tehachapi, Mojave, Barstow Train Station, Barstow Bus Stop, Las Vegas RTC Strip Terminal and Las Vegas Greyhound Bus Stop.

On Route 18, Buses 6703, 6704, 6710 and 6715 are suspended and will no longer serve Visalia and Goshen Junction bus stops

On Route 19, Buses 5410 and 5417 will no longer serve Hemet, Sun City/Menifee, Perris and Moreno Valley bus stops.

Buses 5402, 5412, 5415 and 5419 will no longer serve Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Palm Springs Airport and Cabazon bus stops.

Amtrak said alternate Pacific Surfliner train and bus service remains available to Coachella Valley stops and passengers are advised to check Amtrak.com for the latest availability.

San Joaquin Thruway Route to Change

July 18, 2020

On Aug. 1, there will be changes made in the route of Amtrak San Joaquins Route 19 Thruway service.

Certain schedules and stops are being suspended although the Amtrak service advisory did not say for how long.

Buses 5410 and 5417 will no longer serve the Hemet, Sun City/Menifee, Perris and Moreno Valley bus stops.

Buses 5402, 5412, 5415 and 5419 will no longer serve Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Palm Springs Airport and Cabazon bus stops.

Alternate Pacific Surfliner train and bus service remains available to the above Coachella Valley stops. Passengers are advised to check Amtrak.com for the latest availability.

Track Work to Disrupt San Joaquin Service

June 23, 2020

Amtrak’s San Joaquin service will be disrupted by track work between July 7 and 29.

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

Also canceled will be Thruway buses 3512 and 3519 between Bakersfield and Las Vegas.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers should visit  https://amtraksanjoaquins.com/amtrak-san-joaquins-covid-19-service-adjustments/ for the most up to date Thruway schedules.

Train 718 will terminate at Wasco with Thruway Bus 5818 providing alternate transportation between Wasco and Bakersfield.

Train 711 will originate at Wasco with Thruway Bus 5811 providing alternate transportation between Bakersfield and Wasco.

Bus 5811 will depart all station stops from San Diego to Bakersfield 15 minutes earlier than normally scheduled.

Pacific Surfliners, Coast Starlight to be Disrupted

June 19, 2020

Some Pacific Surfliner trains and the Coast Starlight will be disrupted on June 20 and 21 due to a scheduled track closure.

In a service advisory Amtrak said the following changes will affect northbound Pacific Surfliner schedules.

Train 763 will terminate at Los Angeles with Bus 4863 operating from Los Angeles to Oxnard. Train 1763 will operate from Oxnard to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will operate between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Train 777 will terminate at Los Angeles with Bus 4877 operating from Los Angeles to Oxnard and Train 1777 operating from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo.

Train 785 will terminate at Los Angeles with Bus 4885 operating from Los Angeles to Oxnard and Train 1785 operating from Oxnard to Goleta. Regular connecting bus service will be provided between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

No alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stations of Glendale, Burbank Airport, Chatsworth, Simi Valley, Moorpark or Camarillo.

Buses will depart all stations earlier than the normal schedule. Trains traveling north of Oxnard depart later than the normal schedule.

As for southbound service, Train 768 will originate at Los Angeles. Train 1768 will operate from Goleta to Oxnard and operate as Bus 4868 from Oxnard to Los Angeles. Regular connecting bus service will be provided between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

Train 774 will operate as Train 1774 from San Luis Obispo to Oxnard, as Bus 4874 from Oxnard to Los Angeles and as Train 774 from Los Angeles to San Diego.

Train 796 will originate at Los Angeles. Train 1796 will operate between Goleta and Oxnard and Bus 4896 will operate from Oxnard to Los Angeles. Regular connecting bus service will be provided between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

No alternate transportation will be provided to missed stations of Glendale, Burbank Airport, Chatsworth, Simi Valley, Moorpark or Camarillo.

Buses will depart all stations earlier than the normal schedule. Trains traveling north of Oxnard depart later than the normal schedule.

The Coast Starlight will not operate on June 20 and 21 between Oakland and Los Angeles, missing intermediate stops at San Jose, Salinas, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Van Nuys and Burbank.

Train 11 will terminate at Oakland and Bus 4796 will hold for connecting passengers. Train 14 will originate at Oakland.

Amtrak said that passengers seeking to travel between Los Angeles and Oakland could take an Amtrak Thruway bus to Bakersfield and connect to an Oakland-bound San Joaquins train.

Travel to most of the missed intermediate stops between Los Angeles or Oakland may be booked using a combination of Amtrak Capitol Corridor and/or Thruway bus service.