OAKLAND, Calif. – Nov. 6, 2019 – In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak, the San Joaquins Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) are prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra equipment and additional capacity on the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins service. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early. Last year, the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins saw a 65% increase in ridership the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and a 68% increase the Sunday following Thanksgiving.
The Amtrak San Joaquins route travels daily between Sacramento, Oakland, Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield, along with Thruway buses that provide connecting service to 135 destinations in California and Nevada, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Napa Valley, Las Vegas and Reno. The Capitol Corridor train operates between Auburn/Sacramento and San Jose, including service to Berkeley and Oakland, with convenient connections to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) at the Richmond and Oakland Coliseum stations, as well as Thruway bus service to downtown San Francisco and other destinations throughout California, including Truckee, Reno, Santa Rosa, Redding, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.
The Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins also serve a number of colleges and universities including Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Chico State, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Humboldt State and Santa Clara University. Students traveling on either the San Joaquins or Capitol Corridor can save 15% by booking with California Everyday Discounts (Blackout dates November 20-24, 2019), and Capitol Corridor student passengers can save up to 25% with the service’s new Stride On Board 6-ride ticket option.
Both the San Joaquins and the Capitol Corridor feature comfortable seating and offer a wide variety of amenities including free wi-fi, electrical outlets in each row, an on-board Café Car offering seasonal sandwiches, snacks and beverages, bike racks and much more.
Ahead of the holidays, customers can purchase Amtrak gift cards at Amtrak.com and in various brick and mortar stores and online retailers. The gift cards, which are available in physical cards and digital e-gift cards, are accepted exclusively for train travel purchases and can be redeemed on Amtrak.com and within its mobile application, as well as in the station at Amtrak ticket offices and through Amtrak contact centers.
Last year, Amtrak had its largest passenger count to date during the Thanksgiving week with over 846,000 riders on its trains across the country.
Route and fare information, ticketing and reservations are available on Amtrak.com, capitolcorridor.org (for Capitol Corridor passengers), the Amtrak app, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Boarding documents can be printed in advance, or customers using a smartphone or mobile device can present the eTicket to the conductor by opening a document in their email.
For news, promotions and service updates, passengers can connect directly with the San Joaquins and Capitol Corridor:
- Follow the Amtrak San Joaquins on Facebook and Instagram @AmtrakSanJoaquins or on Twitter @SanJoaquins.
- For the Capitol Corridor: Sign up for news and service alerts at capitolcorridor.org/news-alerts, or follow @CapitolCorridor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.