December 17, 2018 Amtrak San Joaquins Changes Schedule to Better Accommodate Passengers

STOCKTON, Calif. – On December 17, 2018, Amtrak® San JoaquinsSM will be adjusting its schedule to better accommodate weekend leisure travelers on San Joaquins trains 718 and 1701. San Joaquins train 718 will now operate full corridor to Bakersfield on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. Additionally, San Joaquins train 1701 will operate on a later, full corridor schedule from Bakersfield providing an afternoon arrival into Sacramento. Both changes allow for a shorter Thruway Bus connection to/from Los Angeles. In conjunction with these changes, San Joaquins train 701 will depart later from Fresno at 4:45am.

Change Summary:

Train Number Before December 17, 2018 After December 17, 2018
701 Monday – Friday

Depart Fresno at 4:25am

Arrive in Sacramento at 7:49am

Monday – Friday

Depart Fresno at 4:45am – Arrive in Sacramento at 7:59am

Providing a later start and shorter run time.

718 7 Days A Week

Depart Oakland at 5:55pm

Terminate in Fresno at 9:52pm

Sunday – Thursday

Depart Oakland at 5:55pm – Terminate in Fresno at 9:52pm

Friday, Saturday & Holidays

Depart Oakland at 5:55pm – Stop at Fresno at 9:52pm – Terminate in Bakersfield at 11:59pm

Providing full corridor service to Bakersfield and shorter bus ride to Los Angeles on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays.

1701 Saturday & Sundays & Holidays

Depart Fresno at 5:15am

Arrive in Sacramento at 8:36am



Saturday, Sundays & Holidays

Depart Bakersfield at 10:15am – Stop at Fresno at 12:04pm – Arrive in Sacramento at 3:24pm

Providing better timed, full corridor service from Bakersfield and a shorter bus ride from Los Angeles on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays.

“Changes in the schedule will improve weekend availability for leisure travelers in Oakland, Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley and as far south as Los Angeles by providing full corridor service that is better timed for the passenger. Additionally, the change to 701 allows early travelers headed to the Sacramento area relief in both boarding and travel time,” said David Lipari, marketing manager for the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority. “We want to make this change to offer improved timing to passengers ahead of the holidays.”

San Joaquins will be adding cars to existing trains to increase capacity for the holidays. Riders are encouraged to purchase their ticket in advance as seats may sell out on certain trains and Thruway Busses. Ticket reservations are required from Monday, Dec. 17 through Thursday, Dec. 27.

For More Information

Olivia Irvin

David Lipari

  • San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority
  • 209.944.6278

Alison Macleod

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