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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:53 PM


 

 


Amtrak Service Disruption between Santa Barbara and Oxnard, California


 

January 9, 2018

 

Trains Suspended Due to Severe Weather

 

8 a.m. PT

 

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight services and Thruway Bus connections between Santa Barbara and Oxnard, California are suspended due to landslides.

 

Union Pacific, which owns the tracks, has suspended all rail traffic in the area until further notice. There is no alternate transportation at this time.

 

Normal rail operations continue north of Santa Barbara and south of Oxnard, California.

 



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:58 PM


 


Amtrak Restores Most Scheduled Service between Santa Barbara and Oxnard, California Following Landslides


 

Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:00 AM PT

 

Amtrak Coast Starlight trains have resumed scheduled service between Santa Barbara and Oxnard, CA after a temporary suspension as a result of recent severe weather.

 

Additionally, Pacific Surfliner trains between Santa Barbara and Oxnard, CA will operate on a modified schedule beginning Thursday, January 11, until further notice. Thruway Bus connections between Santa Barbara and Oxnard, CA remain suspended due to landslides. 

 

Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

 



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:31 PM

Amtrak Service Alert:

 
Amtrak Restores Scheduled Service between Santa Barbara and Oxnard, California Following Landslides

 

Friday, January 12, 2018 630am PT

 

Thruway Bus Service Remains Temporarily Suspended Due to Highway Closure

 

 

Amtrak Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner trains have resumed scheduled service between Santa Barbara and Oxnard,

California after a temporary suspension as a result of recent severe weather.

 

Thruway Bus connections between Santa Barbara and Oxnard, California remain suspended until further notice due
to landslides prohibiting travel on Highway 101.

 

Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and
date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

 



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:19 PM

Northern California Train Cars to be Temporarily Transferred to Southern California During Highway 101 Closure



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From David B. Kutrosky

Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

 
Dear Passengers,
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As most of you are aware, there was a devastating mudslide in Santa Barbara County earlier this week due to heavy rains that fell in the areas burned last month by the Thomas Fire. The mudslide sadly resulted in at least 17 deaths, many more injuries, and has isolated communities between Santa Barbara and Ventura because of the closure of US Highway 101.

Our “sister” service in this area, the Pacific Surfliner route (San Diego-LA-Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo) resumed service last week. With the closure of Highway 101 in the Montecito area, the Pacific Surfliner is the only surface transportation option connecting the Santa Barbara region with the Los Angeles Basin. As a result, the Pacific Surfliner trains are experiencing severe over-crowding (standee conditions) and in some cases, hundreds of passengers have been left stranded on the platforms as trains cannot accommodate these people.
On Friday evening, I was contacted by the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) requesting the CCJPA’s assistance to temporarily transfer some intercity passenger rail (IPR) vehicles from the Northern California fleet for use on an emergency basis for the Pacific Surfliner service. As the CCJPA is the agency responsible for the use and assignment of IPR vehicles in the Northern California fleet, I agreed to the request and immediately began to coordinate with the CCJPA, San Joaquin JPA, and Amtrak transportation and mechanical staff to determine which vehicles could be temporarily made available for the Pacific Surfliner service.
Within a few hours, I authorized the temporary transfer of three locomotives and eight cars from the Northern California IPR fleet to Southern California. These vehicles will be removed from the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin services starting today, Saturday, January 13, and will be used on Surfliner trains to help accommodate passengers needing to travel through the Santa Barbara area while Highway 101 is closed. We expect the Northern California IPR vehicles will be returned to Northern California on Saturday, January 20.  
The assistance we are providing to our colleagues and friends in Southern California will result in one less car on two trainsets assigned to the Capitol Corridor’s weekday rotation. As a result, you may notice that some Capitol Corridor trains are more crowded, with fewer empty seats. We are managing the rotation and assignment of these shorter trainsets so we can minimize the impact to our more crowded peak travel trains. Please note that it will be especially important for everyone to be patient and courteous and observe our “One Ticket, One Seat” policy. Do not hesitate to ask one of the conductors for assistance if you need help finding an empty seat or a place to store your bags or bicycle.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. As I mentioned above, the CCJPA and our service partners in Northern California did not hesitate to authorize this humanitarian assistance. We are confident that each and every Capitol Corridor passenger would agree with our decision. It is in times like this when communities must come together and help each other out. I am proud that the CCJPA is able to put our mission into action and help bridge the transportation need in Southern California during this challenging time.
 
We are grateful for your support and patience, and as always, thank you for riding the Capitol Corridor.
Sincerely,
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David B. Kutrosky
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 07:47 PM

From a service suspension to the ONLY way to go due to the ongoing 101 freeway closure....

 

From Los Angeles, CA Times, 1/15/18:

 


 

101 Freeway won't open for at least a week. Amtrak adds extra trains to accommodate more travelers

 

Amtrak is adding 2,000 more seats daily to its popular Pacific Surfliner train service to Santa Barbara to accommodate an uptick in passengers since the 101 Freeway closed.

 

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:06 PM

Travel Pulse, 1/15/18:

 


 

 

Amtrak Adds Santa Barbara Capacity

 

 

 

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will add railcars to each of its 10 daily trains serving Santa Barbara County starting Sunday, providing more than 2,000 additional seats to help accommodate increased travel demand due to the continued closure of Highway 101 following devastating mudslides near Montecito last week.

 

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:10 PM

Northern California Cars and Locomotives to Remain in Southern California through January 24

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From David B. Kutrosky


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Dear Passengers,

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As you know, this past weekend we transferred several train cars and three locomotives fromthe Northern California Intercity Passenger Rail (IPR) fleet to SouthernCalifornia. This was to help relieve the overcrowding that the Pacific Surfliner trains have been experiencing since devastating mudslides in Montecitoclosed US Highway 101, leaving many with no way to travel between Santa BarbaraCounty and the Los Angeles Basin.

Now that the equipment from Northern California is in place to increasecapacity on Surfliner trains, I want to express my sincerest appreciation to you for your patience during this difficult time.
We are aware that loaning thesevehicles has caused some overcrowding on the Capitol Corridor trains. Please know that we are carefully monitoring ridership each day and managingthe fleet to avoid standee conditions and minimize disruption toour own passengers.


I also want to inform you that we have been apprised that Highway 101 will notreopen until Monday evening, January 22; thus, we will leave the 11 loaned NorthernCalifornia cars and locomotives in Southern California. This means these railvehicles should be back in service, on the Capitol Corridor and the SanJoaquins, by Wednesday, January 24.

Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this temporary arrangement may cause and thankyou, on behalf of our staff, Board of Directors, service partners, and SouthernCalifornia colleagues, for your patience and support.



Sincerely,

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David B. Kutrosky
Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority



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Posted Yesterday, 07:31 PM

Ventura County Star, 1/19/18:

 


Amtrak adds roundtrip train between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara

 

Starting Saturday, Amtrak will add a roundtrip train between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara as passengers continue to pack trains during the Highway 101 closure.

 

 

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The train numbers will be 765 LAX-SBA and 778 SBA-LAX.



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Posted Yesterday, 07:46 PM

Amtrak news release:

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Adds Train to Santa Barbara County

 

January 19. 2018

 

Additional frequency, extra cars meets customer demand

 

 

The Pacific Surfliner will continue to operate with additional cars to each of its 10 daily trains serving Santa Barbara County, providing more than 2,000 seats to help accommodate increased customer demand due to the continued closure of Highway 101 following  landslides near Montecito, Calif.

 

Since train tracks reopened on Jan. 11, the Pacific Surfliner has served as the only viable ground transportation option between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, as drive time on alternate routes between the two counties can take nearly four hours. The Pacific Surfliner travels between Ventura and Santa Barbara and the trip takes approximately 45 minutes.

 

Due to the limited transportation options, Pacific Surfliner trains have been extremely busy, with demand exceeding available seating capacity.

 

Contact: To book travel and receive service updates, visit www.pacificsurfliner.com and follow @PacSurfliners on Twitter. You can also call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or use the Amtrak app.

 

Service Details: The northbound Pacific Surfliner, Train A765, is scheduled to depart Los Angeles at 8:15 a.m. The southbound Pacific Surfliner, Train A778, is scheduled to depart Santa Barbara at 12:07 p.m. The trains will include stops at Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. Customers should expect busy trains and plan accordingly. Please expect delays as trains travel through the affected areas due emergency personnel working on or near the railroad and continued cleanup efforts.

 

 






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