Summer has officially begun, and it’s time to plan your fun summer getaways! Capitol Corridor makes the travel part easy—with our Take 5 offer, you can purchase one full-fare adult ticket and bring up to five other people for only $5 each person, each way on weekends and holiday Mondays. Take 5 ends after Labor Day weekend, and to ensure you get the most of these amazing weekend fares, we’ve pulled together highlights of summer events and activities along the Capitol Corridor route—from San Jose all the way to Lake Tahoe. Where can Take 5 take you this summer? More Top Picks for Summer Fun Along the Capitol Corridor
Whether you’re heading up to Lake Tahoe to play in the water, cash in at the casinos, or simply enjoy the fresh mountain air, driving there any time remotely close to peak commute hours is never fun. What many Tahoe enthusiasts don’t realize is that it’s entirely possible to reach the Tahoe area comfortably and hassle free on the Capitol Corridor. On Capitol Corridor trains, there’s room to stretch out, free wi-fi, and a Café Car serving light meals, snacks, wine, beer, spirits, and other beverages. The best part is you won’t waste hours slogging through traffic in a cramped car. More Riding the Rails to Lake Tahoe
If you’ve spent any time at the Emeryville Amtrak Station, you’ve probably seen and possibly conversed with helpful and always cheerful station volunteer, Doras Briggs. Known fondly as the “train lady”, Doras passed away peacefully at the age of 96 on May 4, 2015. Doras fell in love with train travel as a young child and devoted herself to rail advocacy throughout her life. In 2001, at the age of 83, she founded the Station Host program at the Emeryville Amtrak station, training volunteers to provide information to passengers. Under her leadership, the program expanded to many other California stations and spawned similar programs in other states. In 2003, she moved from her long-time home in Kensington to an apartment overlooking the Amtrak station in Emeryville. Wearing her conductor’s hat proudly, she continued to go to the station every morning and travel on the trains until just weeks before her death. Click here for Doras’ complete obituary.
Many people come to Davis to experience the lively downtown, the university vibe, and…the chickens? That’s right, in Davis there’s actually an annual event that involves biking around the city to check out backyard chicken coops. The Tour de Cluck, now in its sixth year, was on Saturday, May 30 and gave Davis residents, as well as out-of-towners, the opportunity to learn more about sustainable agriculture, admire chicken coop design, and exchange tips for raising these backyard birds. More Chickens Take the Spotlight at the Tour de Cluck
On Thursday, May 14, bicycle enthusiasts throughout the Sacramento region came together on the steps of the Capitol to celebrate Bike Month at the city’s annual BikeFest. Biking intersects transportation, health, and the environment, so BikeFest offered a variety of exhibits – some directly related to biking, and some not, including walking advocacy groups, public transit, and sustainable food and wellness services.