October 16, 2018 Amtrak San Joaquins Plan for Thanksgiving Travel This Holiday Season

OAKLAND, Calif. – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is preparing to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra capacity on the Amtrak San Joaquins route, which travels between Sacramento, Oakland, Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early. Last year, Amtrak San Joaquins ridership more than doubled the Sunday following Thanksgiving, saw a 97% increase in ridership the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and a 115% increase the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

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

With 365 miles of track, 18 stations and 1.1 million annual riders, The Amtrak San Joaquins provides a safe, comfortable and reliable way to travel throughout California. The route offers five daily trips between Bakersfield and Oakland and two 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.

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
  • We encourage customers to share their Amtrak experience on all social media by tagging @Amtrak and using the hashtag #Amtrak in their posts
  • On Twitter follow @AmtrakNECAlerts for real-time service information on the NEC and follow @AmtrakAlerts for real-time service information on long distance and Midwest Corridor trains

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Olivia Irvin

David Lipari

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 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 www.sjjpa.com.

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