Service Disruption: Southern California Wildfires

    December 15, 2017

    Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. As of Friday afternoon, the fire is 35 percent contained. Please continue to stay safe and informed.

    How has service been affected by the fire?
    Pacific Surfliner service was delayed early last week due to issues caused by the fire. On Thursday, December 7, all Pacific Surfliner service was cancelled north of Los Angeles. Cancellations continued on December 8, with the exception of Trains 777 and 796, which operated as far north as Oxnard. Eight Pacific Surfliner trains offered service as far north as Oxnard on December 9, with service still suspended between Ventura and San Luis Obispo. Impacts of the fire have resulted in the continued suspension of Pacific Surfliner service between Oxnard and San Luis Obispo through December 15.

    SERVICE UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15: Pacific Surfliner service remains suspended north of Oxnard on Friday, December 15. No alternate transportation is provided for areas where train service is suspended. Pacific Surfliner service between Oxnard, Los Angeles, and San Diego continues to operate normally.

    SERVICE RESUMES SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16: We are pleased to report that service will resume starting Saturday, December 16 between Oxnard, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and intermediate stations. All trains will operate normally except for Train 774, which will originate in L.A. instead of San Luis Obispo on Saturday, December 16. NOTE: There will be no checked baggage at the Santa Barbara station until further notice.

    Please see the Pacific Surfliner Twitter account for the latest information.

    When will service fully resume?
    We expect regular service north of Oxnard will resume starting Saturday, December 16. Service has been previously suspended because of unpredictable fire activity and excessive smoke and ash in and around affected areas. Please note that an Air Quality warning for Santa Barbara County is currently in effect, with unhealthy air conditions. Baggage service is suspended at the Santa Barbara Station until further notice. Please continue to follow our Twitter account for updates. 

    My trip wa affected by a train cancellation, what do I do about my ticket?
    If you have an unreserved Pacific Surfliner ticket, you can use it on another date between the same station pairs for up to one year from the date of issue, subject to certain restrictions. If you would like to request a refund, please call 800-USA-RAIL and press 0.

    Are there any other transportation options available?
    There is no alternate Pacific Surfliner transportation available for trains that have been cancelled.

    Where can I get more information?
    Follow the @PacSurfliners Twitter account for the latest updates. Information related to the Thomas Fire can be found here: readyventuracounty.org.

    Upcoming Improvements to the Tracks Used by the Pacific Surfliner®

    The LOSSAN rail corridor stretches 351 miles from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, with the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, freight, commuter and long-distance trains sharing the tracks. Ongoing construction projects keep the infrastructure in top condition and contribute to overall improvements in rail travel along the corridor.

    Larger projects require the tracks to be closed so crews can perform necessary work, which temporarily affects train service. We understand that this may be an inconvenience to riders, and would like to thank you for your patience.

    Pacific Surfliner Service Affected between Irvine and San Diego

    January 6, 7, 20, 21 and 27, and February 3 and 4, 2017
    The tracks between Irvine and Downtown San Diego will be closed for three weekends in early 2017 due to construction projects. Limited bus connections will be provided.

    The closure is required so crews can perform work on multiple construction projects in San Diego County, including the Mid Coast Corridor Transit Project, San Elijo Lagoon double track project, and other rail maintenance and replacement projects. More information will be posted here soon.

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