Additional Capacity Planned on Amtrak Capitol Corridor Trains this Thanksgiving

November 3, 2017

OAKLAND – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra equipment and additional capacity on the Capitol Corridor, which travels between Auburn/Sacramento and San Jose, including service to Berkeley, Oakland, and downtown San Francisco. The Capitol Corridor also serves a number of universities including UC Davis, Cal Poly, Humboldt State, and Chico State. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early, especially if they have a bus connection as part of their travel.

Seats will be added to the Capitol Corridor service beginning Monday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Nov. 26. Last year, Amtrak carried 760,755 customers throughout its national network during the Thanksgiving travel period. Similar customer counts are anticipated this year.

Tips to ensure a smooth trip:

  • Plan Ahead and Book Early: Travelers can purchase tickets using the Capitol Corridor website, the refreshed com site, at Quik-TrakSM ticket kiosks, ticket windows at staffed stations (where available), Amtrak mobile apps, or 800-USA-RAIL.
  • Avoid the Rush, Arrive Early: The busiest travel days are the Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday of Thanksgiving week. Morning trains typically have more availability. Stations will be busier than usual and customers are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes before departure, especially if picking up tickets.
  • Enhanced Experience: All Capitol Corridor trains feature free Wi-Fi, outlets at each seat, large picture windows, an onboard Café Car, the freedom to always use electronic devices (no “airplane mode”), spacious seats, ample leg room and no middle seat.
  • Baggage Policy: Amtrak has the friendliest baggage policy in the travel industry. Customers can bring two bags and two carry-ons, up to 150 pounds collectively, for free!
  • Check Train Schedules: Check holiday train schedules and status before arriving at the station on, com, Track Your Train (on, or Amtrak mobile apps.
  • Carry Photo ID: Passengers are required to show valid photo identification when purchasing tickets and carry valid photo ID at all times aboard trains.
  • Safety First: If you see something, say something.  Report any suspicious activity or unattended items to an Amtrak employee or member of the Amtrak Police Department at (800) 331-0008, by calling 911, or by sending a text to APD11 from a smartphone, or to 27311 from a standard cell phone.

For More Information

Vernae Graham

Karen Bakar

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