Pacific Surfliner services to be restored

Amtrak Pacific SurflinerAmtrak Pacific Surfliner train service will be restored on June 1 along 160 km route to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara/Goleta with one train in each direction extending up to San Luis Obispo daily. A bus services will provide additional services north of Santa Barbara. This is especially important for the San Luis Obispo region, since a portion of airline service to and from the area has been suspended.

“We will continue to take necessary actions in the best interest of the communities we serve, while also protecting the safety of our passengers and crews. We are excited to restore service to this large portion of our rail corridor, and we remain dedicated to returning to the robust service that we’ve provided in the past,” said Donna DeMartino, Managing Director of the LOSSAN Agency.

Amtrak reduced the service schedule on March 23 to shelter in place orders implemented by local municipalities and the State, and to address a significant drop in ridership. Following the decision, two trains and one bus operated up to Santa Barbara/Goleta in each direction offered transport services.

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

Beginning June, adjustments are the first step to restoring Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train service bringing back service on the selected sections of the 565-km coastal rail corridor.

The corridor runs through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 27 stations.

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

“We look forward to our continued work with LOSSAN in providing passenger rail service to all the people that work, live, and play in our region,” said LOSSAN Director Fred Strong.

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