Amtrak braces of busiest week of the year in California
November 15, 2010
• Adds more cars to handle passenger surge
• Some trains will require reservations
Amtrak is adding more cars to its trains to accommodate passengers next week, the busiest week of the year for the state’s three passenger train routes, including the “San Joaquin” through much of the Central Valley.
On what is anticipated to be the heaviest single travel day of the year for Amtrak — the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – Amtrak expects ridership to reach as many as 127,000 passengers system-wide. Last year, Amtrak carried nearly 686,000 passengers for the holiday week setting a new Thanksgiving ridership record.
To accommodate more passengers traveling during this holiday week, more capacity will be added to the Amtrak San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner and Capitol Corridor routes.
Cars will be added to the San Joaquin service (Bakersfield-Oakland/Sacramento) beginning Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 28, adding more than 700 seats, a 35 percent increase.
The Pacific Surfliner trains (San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara-Los Angeles and San Diego) will require reservations beginning Tuesday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Nov. 29. Passengers can anticipate exceptionally heavy travel the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving so reservations for these days should be made as soon as possible, says Amtrak. Extra trains and cars will be added as needed.
More than 500 seats will be added to the Capitol Corridor service beginning Wednesday, Nov. 24, an increase of 32 percent in seating capacity. Amtrak will also be increasing the number of reserved Thruway buses on its busiest routes.