Amtrak and Caltrans simplify bike reservation system
OAKLAND – Amtrak and Caltrans are pleased to announce that bike riding passengers on the Pacific Surfliner can now easily make bike reservations at any Quik-Trak ticket kiosk or online at AmtrakCalifornia.com and/or Amtrak.com.
Due to a high demand for limited bicycle space onboard Pacific Surfliner trains, a bicycle reservation system was implemented earlier this year to insure a bike rack slot for those passengers wanting to take their bikes along for the ride. Bike reservations can still be obtained through Amtrak ticket agents or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
“Being able to make bike reservations online or at Quik-Trak ticket kiosks simplifies the bicycle reservation process for passengers significantly,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This added feature streamlines the process and makes riding the train a better experience.”
There is no charge to make a bicycle reservation; however, reservations are required prior to taking a bicycle aboard the train. Bicycle reservations must accompany a valid Amtrak ticket for each travel segment and should be booked early as space is limited and may not be available on all trains or departures. Amtrak Ten-trip and monthly pass holders can obtain bike reservations through Quik-Trak, Amtrak ticket agents (at staffed stations) or by calling 1-800- USA-RAIL.
The Pacific Surfliner operates between San Luis Obispo and San Diego, and is managed by the California Department of Transportation as part of the state-supported service known as Amtrak California. For more information and a directory of Quik-Trak ticket kiosk locations visit AmtrakCalifornia.com.
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