• AMtrak San Joaquins Improves On-Time Performance and S California Connectivity with New Schedule

    May 15, 2019
    (STOCKTON, Calif.) – May 14, 2019 – Amtrak® San JoaquinsSM will be changing schedules on May 20, 2019 to improve on-time performance, enhance statewide connectivity, and make rail travel convenient for the greatest number of travelers. The new schedule will return the San Joaquins to seven full-corridor round-trips (five between Bakersfield and Oakland, and two between Bakersfield and Sacramento).
    The new San Joaquins schedule will offer departures every two-hours from Bakersfield, Oakland, and Sacramento. This new two-hour schedule will provide more predictability on the railroad and allow for trains to pass at double-track sections. Ensuring trains pass on double-track sections limit time spent waiting for passing trains, improving overall on-time performance.
    Returning the San Joaquins to seven full-corridor round-trips and adjusting the timing of select trains will also increase connectivity to Southern California, a key market for the San Joaquins service. With an extensive Thruway Bus network operating throughout the state and the highest concentration of service in the Southern California region, there are increased opportunities to offer a more convenient option for travelers.
    “With increased population growth in both the bay area and throughout all of California, we recognize the need to offer better connectivity,” said David Lipari, marketing manager for the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority. “Designed to improve on-time performance and connectivity across the Bay Area, Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, we are proud to offer a more convenient and timely solution that meets the growing needs of riders.”
    Major changes to train times are itemized in the table below. Other train times will be adjusted accordingly, and all Thruway Buses will be adjusted to accommodate the new schedule. In order to accomplish this change, the Morning Express Service (701) will be suspended.
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