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Pacific Surfliner train will restore service starting June 1

Amtrak Surfliner
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train service will be partially restored starting June 1.

The service will be partially restored to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara/Goleta.

One train will head in each direction extending up to San Luis Obispo daily. An additional train will also be extended from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara/Goleta.

Supplemental bus service will continue to provide additional options north of Santa Barbara.

Amtrak reduced their schedule in March in response to shelter in place orders. It was implemented by local municipalities and the State in addressing the significant drop in ridership.

Under the reduced schedule, two trains and one bus operated up to Santa Barbara/Goleta in each direction.

Safety measures will remain in place to keep passengers and crew safe. Amtrak has increased their cleaning service to multiple times a day and on an hourly basis to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Amtrak says passengers are required to wear facial coverings at all stations and onboard trains. They also remind travelers to check and follow local public health orders in effect for areas in which they start and end their trip.

Amtrak says their June 1st adjustments are the first steps in restoring the Pacific Surfliner service that will bring back service along 100 miles of the 351-mile coastal rail corridor.

On June 1, Amtrak will make the following adjustments:

  • Southbound Train 774 will depart San Luis Obispo at 6:55 a.m. and arrive in San Diego at 3:28 p.m., serving stations in between.
  • Two southbound buses will provide connections from San Luis Obispo to Trains 768 and 796, which originate in Goleta/Santa Barbara.
  • Northbound Train 777 will depart San Diego at 12:05 p.m. and arrive in San Luis Obispo at 8:36 p.m., serving stations in between.
  • Northbound train 785 will depart San Diego at 3:58 p.m. and arrive in Goleta at 10:04 p.m., serving stations in between.
  • Two northbound buses will provide connections to San Luis Obispo from trains 763 and 785, which terminate in Santa Barbara/Goleta.

Amtrak service to the San Luis Obispo regions was operating through limited Amtrak Thruway bus connections from Santa Barbara, with two daily trips in each direction, to ensure a base level of intercity transportation for communities along the Pacific Surfliner route.

The Coast Starlight, a long-distance Amtrak train, continues to operate one trip daily in each direction through San Luis Obispo.

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner train travels along a 351-mile coastal rail route through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 27 stations.

Amtrak says further changes to the Pacific Surfliner service may be made based on travel restrictions, public health conditions, ridership demand and other factors.

For the latest information on any changes, click here.

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