New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

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Source: Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG)

The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Board of Directors unanimously approved new peak hour passenger rail service connecting Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties today.

Authorization of the new peak hour service will also be considered by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Board of Directors at the Thursday, March 15th SBCAG Board meeting in Santa Maria.

SBCAG Executive Director Marjie Kirn attended the LOSSAN Board meeting and said “We are extremely pleased by the LOSSAN Board decision today. The work to bring this new passenger rail service to 101 corridor travelers has involved collaboration from many partners over a long period of time. SBCAG has been working diligently to deliver on the “lane and train” strategy envisioned in the ‘101 in Motion’ planning effort and promised to the voters in the Measure A Investment Plan for many years. This is a big day to celebrate!”

Michael T. Bennett, Goleta City Councilmember and the SBCAG Board representative on the LOSSAN Board of Directors participated in the LOSSAN Board meeting and said “The 15,000 residents who daily travel the 101 corridor will soon have a new transportation option that can get them out of traffic. Passenger rail is an excellent alternative to driving alone that saves time and money. This new service is coming at the perfect time as traffic congestion on the 101 has recently increased because of impacts from the Montecito debris flow and the closure of Highway 192”.

Santa Barbara Mayor and SBCAG Board member Cathy Murillo testified at the LOSSAN Board meeting in support of the new service. After the meeting, Mayor Murillo said “I am excited about this new rail service and expect it will be a huge success with local employees who want an easier way to get to south Santa Barbara County. I will be welcoming the train passengers at the Santa Barbara train station on opening day!  

A new early morning Pacific Surfliner train from Los Angeles and Ventura counties to Santa Barbara and Goleta is planned to begin on April 2, 2018. When combined with existing southbound Pacific Surfliner service in the afternoon, the new morning train will make it possible to travel to work in Santa Barbara county via rail.  A partial list of the new schedule and train stations is listed below:

Northbound (AM) #759

 

Camarillo

5:46

Oxnard

5:58

Ventura

6:12

Carpinteria

6:34

Santa Barbara

6:47

Goleta

7:16

 

Southbound (PM) #792

 

Goleta

4:25

Santa Barbara

4:40

Carpinteria

4:55

Ventura

5:26

Oxnard

5:40

Camarillo

5:56

 

Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District shuttle buses will be available from the Santa Barbara and Goleta train stations to connect train passengers to worksites downtown and in Goleta as well as Cottage Hospital locations. Bike lockers will also be available for passengers who’d like to store bicycles to ride the last mile to work. Train passes will also be valid on all VCTC Coastal Express buses if commuters prefer to take the train one direction and a bus on the other leg of their commute.

Passengers interested in riding the new train service can call Traffic Solutions at (805) 963-SAVE or visit www.trafficsolutions.org/Commute-by-Train for more information and discounted promotional fares.

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bosco Feb 23, 2018 10:33 AM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

Am I missing something here? This is just the addition of an extra train. There are no new tracks, no new stations, just one more train during peak hours. Shouldn't this just be standard operating procedure for a transit service? Why does SBCAG even need to get involved? And, why does Murrillo need waste here time welcoming passengers? Don't these people have better things to do? Like someone else this is a failure of government not a win.

tagdes Feb 23, 2018 01:07 PM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

Yes you are missing something. This is not an extra train...it is changing the schedule of an existing train as I mentioned below. Same engines cars and crew, now leaving at earlier times and throwing in free shuttles necessitating some discussion.

Yeti Feb 23, 2018 09:31 AM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

Great Resource, but too little too late. IF we are really serious about this being a sincere attempt at alternative transportation, they should be running this train hourly from 6am until 10 am and from 3pm until 7pm .. probably Round Trip from Santa Maria through Ventura County.. AND doubling the number of cars and seriously reducing the ticket price. A train with a 200 person capacity just is not enough to either make a reasonable dent in traffic or encourage ridership. I do sincerely hope that it is a fantastic success, but soon reality will set in with out a doubling or tripling of the effort from Amtrak.

a-1544422501 Feb 22, 2018 02:30 PM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

Definitely a great idea and overdue! Too bad we couldn't have devoted the center divider to a train track for commuter trains like some cities do, it seems that it would make a lot of sense and be a good use of space... I do have concerns that it will make it hard for people to work a full 8 hour day with the homeward bound train leaving so early.

tagdes Feb 23, 2018 09:55 AM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

First of all this is not a city issue which we couldn't afford anyway and in case you haven't heard Amtrak not only doesn't a huge surplus of money but is facing major cuts with our current powers to be in DC.

Howard Roark Feb 22, 2018 02:09 PM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

Commuters have been asking for this time of service for over 20 years. This story isn't about a successful solution to easing rush hour traffic; it's an example of years of bureaucrat failure to act. There isn't any bus connections at any of the train drop off points. Why, because that would make too much sense.

tagdes Feb 23, 2018 09:50 AM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

Maybe you should read the article prior to grousing as it clearly states the will be free shuttle in Goleta and SB along with bike lockers.

CivilEngineer Feb 22, 2018 01:36 PM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

Does this mean they will discontinue the current one leaving southbound from SB at 6:49 am? That seemed to work for a bunch of people. Very difficult to use mass transit to get to work once you get to Ventura and Oxnard. Unfortunately they will have to close the 101 in order to force people to use that train with the current system.

tagdes Feb 22, 2018 01:51 PM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

Those train numbers are already in use meaning all they are doing is changing the times and not adding any new trains. Thus they can say new service or a new early morning train, but not an additional one.

a-1544422501 Feb 22, 2018 02:04 PM
New Morning Commute Amtrak Train to be Added

How could you know? Maybe you meant these times don't make sense for *you*. Time and ridership rates will tell. There is also the option to take the train one way and the Coastal Express bus the other, with the same pass.

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