October 30, 2018 Amtrak and Capitol Corridor Provide Increased Capacity for Thanksgiving Season

OAKLAND, Calif. – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) are preparing to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra capacity on the Capitol Corridor train, 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 and as a result, will be adding extra bus trips before and after Thanksgiving for students traveling to and from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Chico State, and Humboldt 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. Last year, Capitol Corridor ridership saw a 58 percent increase in ridership the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and a 50 percent increase the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

Capitol Corridor is an Amtrak-operated, intercity passenger rail service with 18 stations that provides convenient, frequent and affordable daily service, with multi-ride tickets available. Capitol Corridor coach cars offer spacious and “social” seating areas with tables on both levels as well as free Wi-fi and electrical outlets to help passengers stay connected while en route to their destinations. Footrests and tray tables are available at many seats with convenient storage areas for carry-on luggage either above the seats or at the end of each car. Passengers can also take the easy Thruway bus connection to San Francisco at Emeryville.

Last year, Amtrak had its largest passenger count to date during the Thanksgiving week with more than 777,000 riders on its trains across the country, and its busiest day in history with more than 160,000 customers on the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

Passengers can now connect directly with customer service representatives via social:

  • Follow @Amtrak on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to connect with customer service and receive the latest news including sales and updates on new offerings
  • Follow @CapitolCorridor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news, promotions, and service updates
  • We encourage customers to share their Amtrak experience on all social media by tagging @Amtrak and using the hashtag #Amtrak in their posts

For More Information

Olivia Irvin

Karen Bakar

About Amtrak®

Amtrak offers a more comfortable and convenient travel experience with free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room and no middle seat. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak customers for each of the past seven years. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily, connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces, and reaches 400 additional destinations via connecting bus routes. Book travel, check train status, access your eTicket and more through an Amtrak app. Learn more at Amtrak.com.

About Capitol Corridor®

The Capitol Corridor serves 18 stations along the 170-mile rail corridor connecting Placer, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, paralleling both the I-80/I-680 and I-880 corridors in segments from Sacramento to San Jose. The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) partners with Amtrak, Union Pacific Railroad, Caltrans and the communities comprising the CCJPA to offer cost-effective intercity passenger rail and offers a convenient way to travel between the Sierra Foothills, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley/San Jose. For details about the Capitol Corridor, visit capitolcorridor.org.