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Published on : Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Amtrak, Caltrans and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) are adding 5,500 seats to the San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner and Capitol Corridor routes to accommodate more Thanksgiving travelers.
The Pacific Surfliner (San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara-Los Angeles and San Diego) trains will have 4,200 additional seats and reservations will be required from Tuesday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Dec. 2. More than 700 seats will be added to the Capitol Corridor (Auburn-Sacramento-Oakland-Emeryville-San Jose) beginning Tuesday, Nov. 26. An additional 600 extra seats will also be added to the San Joaquin service (Bakersfield- Oakland-Sacramento) beginning Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1.
Amtrak will also be adding more than 100 Thruway buses statewide on its busiest routes as needed. Passengers can anticipate exceptionally heavy travel the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving so reservations for these days should be made as soon as possible (where required).
Thanksgiving week is typically Amtrak’s busiest travel period of the year. The heaviest travel days are Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Sunday after the holiday. With the exception of Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon and evening. Passengers are encouraged to check baggage (where available).
Amtrak is working to make the holiday travel experience as pleasant as possible and encourages passengers to consider the following holiday travel tips to help ensure a smooth trip:
Avoid the Rush: The busiest Amtrak travel days are the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving. Purchase tickets early using Amtrak.com and print an eTicket or use your smartphone, use the Amtrak iPhone app or the Amtrak Android app, QuikTraksm ticket vending machines or ticket windows at staffed stations or call 800-USA-RAIL Arrive at the Station Early: Allow plenty of time at stations prior to departure – at least 45 minutes before if tickets need to be picked up. Arrange for pre-boarding if you need extra time or assistance and use Red Cap agents to help you with your baggage. In addition, suburban Amtrak stops can be less crowded than downtown locations and can enable you to get a jump on your trip if the station is in your direction of travel.
Know the Limits: Note the limit of two carry-on bags per person (excluding laptops, purses, briefcases), and be sure all luggage is tagged with your name and address. Remember to check baggage where available.
Carry photo ID: Passengers are required to show valid photo identification when purchasing tickets. Make sure to carry valid photo ID at all times, as it can be requested aboard trains.
Be Safe: Be aware of your surroundings, stand back from the edge of the platform, do not leave your bags unattended, and watch your step when boarding and leaving the train or when walking between cars while the train is in motion.
Security Matters: If you see something suspicious or unusual, say something. Call Amtrak Police at 800.331.0008 or 911. Passengers might notice additional police presence at stations and on board our trains as part of our planned increased security efforts which also include random baggage screening at various stations.