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November 6, 2019

Amtrak, Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins Increase Capacity for Thanksgiving Travel

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 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 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, (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, or follow @CapitolCorridor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For More Information

Olivia Irvin
PR Manager

Karan Bakar
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

David Lipari
San Joaquins Joint Powers Authority

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 eight 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 the Amtrak app. Learn more at

About the 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

About the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA)
Since July 2015, SJJPA has been responsible for the management and administration of Amtrak San Joaquins. SJJPA is governed by Board Members representing each of the ten (10) Member Agencies along the 365-mile San Joaquins Corridor. For more information on SJJPA see

Amtrak San Joaquins is Amtrak’s 6th busiest route with 1.1 million annual riders and 18 stations providing a safe, comfortable and reliable way to travel throughout California. Amtrak San Joaquins runs 7 daily round-trips. 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. To book your next trip, visit or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.