November 3, 2017 Amtrak San Joaquins Ready for Thanksgiving Travel

Additional capacity planned on Amtrak San Joaquins

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 Amtrak San Joaquins route, which travels between Oakland/Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early.

The San Joaquins feature comfortable seating and offer a wide variety of amenities including electrical outlets at each row, complimentary AmtrakConnectSM Wi-Fi, an on board Café Car offering seasonal sandwiches, snacks and beverages, bike racks and much more.

The San Joaquins is Amtrak’s 5th busiest route with 365 miles of track, 18 stations, and 1.1 million annual riders and provides a safe, comfortable, reliable way to travel throughout California. With the new 7th daily round-trip, the San Joaquins now has 5 daily trips between Bakersfield and Oakland and 2 daily round-trips between Bakersfield and Sacramento. In addition to the train service, Amtrak San Joaquins Thruway buses provide connecting service to 135 destinations in California and Nevada including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Napa Valley, Las Vegas and Reno.

Tips to ensure a smooth trip:

  • Purchasing Tickets: Travelers can purchase tickets using 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. Customers are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes before departure, especially if picking up tickets.
  • Enhanced Experience: Trains feature free Wi-Fi, 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.

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Vernae Graham

David Lipari

About Amtrak®

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About the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA)

As of July 2015, SJJPA is responsible for the management and administration of the Amtrak San Joaquins service.  SJJPA is governed by Board Members representing each of the 10 Member Agencies along the 365-mile San Joaquin route. For more information on SJJPA see