Additional Roundtrip Train Added to Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Schedule

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Update by Amtrak
January 19, 2018

The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® will temporarily increase train service to Santa Barbara County beginning Saturday, January 20, 2018, by adding one additional roundtrip between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to help accommodate travel demand during the continued closure of Highway 101. 

Since train tracks reopened on Thursday, January 11, 2018, following the devastating mudslides near Montecito, the Pacific Surfliner has served as the only viable ground transportation option for thousands of people between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. In response to the unprecedented demand for train travel in the area, 15 additional railcars were secured from throughout the state to add more than 2,000 seats to the 10 daily Pacific Surfliner trains serving Santa Barbara County.

Even with the additional railcars, which have been operating since Sunday, January 14, Pacific Surfliner trains remain extremely busy, with demand exceeding available seating capacity on many trains. The added roundtrip will supplement the existing Pacific Surfliner service by adding nearly 1,000 more seats and providing an additional travel option into Santa Barbara County until the reopening of Highway 101.

Service Details: Schedules for the two new trains are listed below, and will include stops at Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. Due to the high demand for train transportation, passengers should continue to expect busy trains and plan accordingly. Minor delays are expected due to personnel working near the railroad and continued cleanup efforts.

NORTHBOUND
A765
 
Daily
Los Angeles, CA 8:15A
Van Nuys, CA 8:40A
Chatsworth, CA 8:56A
Simi Valley, CA 9:10A
Camarillo, CA 9:36A
Oxnard, CA 9:50A
Ventura, CA 10:14A
Carpinteria, CA 10:36A
Santa Barbara, CA 11:00A
SOUTHBOUND
A778
 
Daily
Santa Barbara, CA
12:07P
Carpinteria, CA
12:22P
Ventura, CA
12:49P
Oxnard, CA
1:04P
Camarillo, CA
1:15P
Moorpark, CA
1:30P
Simi Valley, CA
1:45P
Chatsworth, CA
2:02P
Van Nuys, CA
2:15P
Burbank-Bob Hope Airport, CA
2:23P
Glendale, CA
2:34P
Los Angeles, CA
3:00P

Contact: To book travel and receive service updates, visit www.pacificsurfliner.com and follow @PacSurfliners on Twitter. You can also call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or use the Amtrak app.


Update by Amtrak
January 14, 2018

The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® will add railcars to each of its 10 daily trains serving Santa Barbara County starting today, providing more than 2,000 additional seats to help accommodate increased travel demand due to the continued closure of Highway 101 following devastating mudslides near Montecito last week.

Since train tracks reopened on Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Pacific Surfliner has served as the only viable ground transportation option between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, as drive time on alternate routes between the two counties can take nearly four hours. The Pacific Surfliner travels between Ventura and Santa Barbara in approximately 45 minutes.

Due to the limited transportation options, Pacific Surfliner trains have been extremely busy, with demand exceeding available seating capacity. Extra railcars that had already been added to select Pacific Surfliner trains for the past two days using available equipment are being supplemented by the arrival of eight additional railcars and three locomotives from northern California, which will add up to 270 extra seats per train.

Contact: To book travel and receive service updates, visit www.pacificsurfliner.com and follow @PacSurfliners on Twitter. You can also call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or use the Amtrak app.


Source: Amtrak
January 11, 2018

The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® resumed train service between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties on Thursday morning, after deadly mudslides that shut down the 101 Freeway and closed railroad tracks on Tuesday. As drive time between the two counties could take hours due to the continued closure of the 101, demand for train transportation is anticipated to be high, so passengers should expect busy trains and plan accordingly.

Contact: To book travel and receive service updates, visit www.pacificsurfliner.com and the @PacSurfliners on Twitter. You can also call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Service Details: The railroad tracks have re-opened between Oxnard and Santa Barbara. Pacific Surfliner trains are operating through the area, serving Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, San Luis Obispo, and all other stations as indicated on the schedule. Please expect delays as trains travel through the affected areas.

Because of the closures to the US 101 through Montecito, all Amtrak Thruway bus service remains cancelled between Oxnard and Santa Barbara through Monday, January 15. Amtrak Thruway bus service between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo is not affected, and continues to operate as a connection to Pacific Surfliner trains.


About the Pacific Surfliner

The Pacific Surfliner travels along a 351-mile coastal rail route through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 29 stations. It is the busiest state-supported intercity passenger rail route in the United States with 24 daily trains and annual ridership of nearly 3 million. To learn more and plan a trip, visit PacificSurfliner.com, like Pacific Surfliner on Facebook, or @pacsurfliners on Twitter.

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Carrotville Jan 14, 2018 09:30 AM
Additional Roundtrip Train Added to Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Schedule

I’ve been stuck WITH my car in Glendale. I just want to come home without having to travel on the Grapevine in the winter with twice the amount of trucks because of the closure. It seems like CalTrans could give some sort of an estimate. Or train service that includes car hauling or a true ferry service where cars could be driven on. Not knowing how long this will last is so stressful. I realize I do have a home left when I am able to return to Santa Barbara, unlike so many others, but some sort of timeline would be nice.

BondJamesBond Jan 14, 2018 06:56 AM
Additional Roundtrip Train Added to Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Schedule

While I do congratulate Amtrak for coming through for us, and running the trains during this disaster. I have to ask, is it really rocket science to add new cars? The ride from Carp to SB and back as of Friday took about 2 hours each way, the trains are chronically 45 min or more late and can only go 5-10 miles/hour. All that being said, we all know that in "normal" times, if you could some how get an Amtrak running from Ventura/Oxnard at 7,8, and 9am on weekdays, and leaving SB at 4,5, and 6pm on weekdays we wouldn't even need a wider 101 with a Billion dollar price tag. But I digress. There are people who have who have been trying to get commuter rail routes going for 25 years without success, so i doubt if we're going to solve this problem now... But for now, bravo Amtrak for adding new cars. Dare we ask you to add additional departure times from Ventura, like 7 or 8am perhaps? Yes, i know about the whole Union Pacific riddle with freight. but, UP is a private corp that has a lot of US Gov't business. Could not some local congressman or senator say.... "You guys better start playing ball.... or else". Again. so happy Amtrak has come through as much as it has, but it could do better.

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