Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Schedule Change and Service Expansion

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Schedule Change and Service Expansion
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Source: LOSSAN Agency

The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, which manages the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® service, will implement one of the largest schedule adjustments for the Pacific Surfliner in years, which will include further restoration of service across the corridor as well as sweeping adjustments to existing train schedules. The improvements will enhance the reliability and connectivity of trains that travel between San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.

Pacific Surfliner trains have been operating on a reduced schedule since March 2020 due to a pandemic-related drop in travel demand. The upcoming schedule change builds on the partial service restoration that was implemented in June 2021, and also moves towards pulsed schedules, which evenly distribute trains to provide maximum service coverage.

Effective October 25, the following changes will be made:

  • One additional round-trip will be added that travels the length of the corridor. 

  • Most train departure and arrival times will shift to evenly space them out across the day for more consistent frequencies. Many train numbers will change.

  • The schedule will be consistent for both weekday and weekend travel.


Travelers can expect to see more predictable departure times between trains, and improved connections to other train services. Passengers are encouraged to pay extra attention to their train numbers and departure times once the new schedules take effect.

“We are excited to take this next step towards schedule restoration and optimization as we work to return to the robust service that we’ve provided in the past,” said Donna DeMartino, Managing Director of the LOSSAN Agency. “We will continue to work with our partners to develop and implement operating strategies that will maximize rail services across the corridor.”

Passengers are encouraged to follow safety measures and any important public health orders in place during their trip and at their destination. Per federal law and Amtrak policy, face coverings must still be worn while onboard trains and in stations.

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Byzantium Nov 02, 2021 09:02 AM
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Schedule Change and Service Expansion

At least once, everyone should take the round trip day tripper to San Luis Obispo and back - see parts of the south coast, including Hollister Ranch, that are off limits to most highway travelers. San Luis Obispo has created a nice destination collection of restaurants around their train station to grab something to at before heading back home. April with wildflowers in full bloom is a great time to take this day trip. Even the round trip to the Oxnard Transportation Center and back, for another restaurant crawl reveals our coastal train route in a new light.

ginger1 Nov 02, 2021 01:32 PM
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Schedule Change and Service Expansion

Years (30) in the making, a revised schedule! Still some work to be done but nice start. You can now get to Ventura/Oxnard at 7:30 or 9:30 am and get back to SB at 5 or 9pm. Bring your bike and go for a ride. Check out the class 1 bikeway to Ojai. Or use the train to get to work. Finally. But still no way for commuters to get TO SB by train, but there IS the Coastal Express/Vista bus. That works.

The other direction, to and fro San Luis needs much work. You can get there at 12:30 but only have a few hours before you have to hop back on the train at 4. As BYZ wrote, well worth the views! Plus lunch in town. Here's a link to the schedule:

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