FRESNO – Amtrak San Joaquins SM 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.
Major Change Summary:
Train Number 701/701 Before May 20, 2019: Monday to Friday; Depart Fresno at 4: 45 a.m. and Arrive in Sacramento at 8:01 a.m. Saturday, Sundays and Holidays: Depart Bakersfield at 10: 15 a.m., Stop in Fresno at 12:08 p.m. and Arrive in Sacramento at 3:24pm.
AFTER May, 20, 2019: Monday – Sunday: Depart Bakersfield at 6:12am, Arrive in Sacramento at 11:49am. Change Benefits: Restores 7-day service to Sacramento via direct train to Bakersfield, Wasco, Corcoran, and Hanford while decreasing the Thruway Bus trip length from Los Angeles.
Train Number 718: Before May, 20, 2019: Sunday – Thursday Depart Oakland at 5:55pm, Terminate in Fresno at 9:57p.M. Friday, Saturday & Holidays: Depart Oakland at 5:55pm, Stop at Fresno at 9:56pm.
After May, 20, 2019: Monday – Sunday:Depart Oakland at 5:36pm, Arrive in Bakersfield at 11:57pm.
Change Benefits:Restores full-corridor service 7-days a week while decreasing the Thruway Bus trip length to Los Angeles.
Train Number 702: Before May 20, 2019: Monday – SundayDepart Sacramento at 12:41pm, Arrive in Bakersfield at 6:06pm.
After May 20, 2019: Monday - SundayDepart Sacramento at 6:26am, Arrive in Bakersfield at 11:57am.
Change Benefits: Provides an early morning train south out of Sacramento with well-timed connections throughout the Valley and Southern California.
Train Number 703: Before May 20, 2019: Monday – SundayDepart Bakersfield at 6:00am, Arrive in Sacramento at 11:15am.
After May 20, 2019: Monday – Sunday: Depart Bakersfield at 6:12pm, Arrive in Sacramento at 11:31pm
Change Benefits: Provides an evening Sacramento-bound train that serves afternoon departures from Southern California and evening trips in the San Joaquin Valley.
The San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA), the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) and the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Service, are focused on increasing service to Sacramento as a part of their joint “Valley Rail” project. This increased service will bring additional San Joaquins and new ACE service to Sacramento. The Valley Rail program, which received $500.5 million in state grant funding in 2018 is moving forward with planning, design and implementation. Currently, environmental analysis is underway and additional trains are expected to be running within three years. SJJPA and SJRRC expect that Valley Rail will allow a reintroduction of business-timed service to Sacramento.
New schedule times are reflected online for May 20, 2019 and beyond and tickets can now be booked at www.amtraksanjoaquins.com