New Schedule, Upcoming Events, Service News and More!

September 23, 2022

From a new schedule, iconic events like Sir Elton John, and California Clean Air Day, this issue of CC Rail Mail is packed full of information. We’ve put it all in one place for your to keep up to date with what’s to come with the Capitol Corridor.

Elton John Farewell Tour – October 8 & 9

Take one last trip down the Yellow Brick Road and catch the train to Elton John on his final tour on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 at Levi’s Stadium. On both days, train 743 will get you to the Santa Clara-Great America station at 5:38p with plenty of time to spare for the show which begins at 8:00p. For the return, there will be a courtesy delay for train 748, which will depart San Jose at 10:58p and Levi’s Stadium at 11:30p so you won’t want to miss this memorable event!

Service to San Francisco 49ers Home Games

Don’t miss a single home game for the San Francisco 49ers this season by taking the train to the game. We’ve got the full list of dates and trains that you’ll want to take to attend the games all in one place. View the details here.

New Capitol Corridor Schedule

New Schedule Effective October 3, 2022

A new train schedule goes into effect Monday, October 3, 2022, bringing a close to the temporary service reduction which began on August 15, 2022. Both the weekday and weekend trains will see an increase in service. View the full schedule details here.

 

Placer-Sacramento Action Plan (PSAP)

Three transportation improvement projects have been selected for the next implementation phase of the Placer-Sacramento Action Plan (PSAP). These projects will incorporate passenger rail corridor enhancements, and public transit investments to benefit the region.

  • Sacramento Valley Station Mobility Center Phase 3: Establishment of a 31-acre, world-class intermodal complex to serve Capitol Corridor passenger rail trains, commuter/local buses, and Sac RT light rail trains.
  • Sacramento to Roseville Third Track Project Phase 1: Addition of a third rail line between Sacramento and Roseville to increase transit ridership and freight capacity.
  • Elvas Bridge Replacement at SR-51 (Capital City Freeway): Construction of three new railroad bridges to enhance passenger and freight rail operations.

Related Santa Clara wants to Hear from you!

Related Santa Clara is excited to share its preliminary design for the East Neighborhood Park, a nearly 4.5-acre public park conveniently located near the transit center, which will serve the Santa Clara community. Related Santa Clara would appreciate you taking part in a brief survey. It will only take a few minutes and offers the opportunity to give input on which activities and features you would like the park to feature. Take the survey!

 

California Clean Air Day – October 5

Capitol Corridor is joining hundreds of organizations to celebrate California Clean Air Day leading up to and on Wednesday, October 5th. California Clean Air Day encourages individuals, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to take action to improve air quality and protect public health by inviting people to pledge to make a different and uniting to take action.

We can all join the effort by taking the Clean Air Day Pledge and committing to clear the air by taking action. Clean Air Day organizers reported that last year 1.8 million people across California took approximately 3.4 million actions to help improve air quality.  Examples of activities for those who take the Pledge include plant a home garden or plant at a community garden, switch to using natural all-purpose cleaner, buy produce locally, or by taking other actions. You can take the pledge here:  Take the Clean Air Pledge – California Clean Air Day

BOGO Everyday

Travel is always better with a companion. With the BOGO Everyday offer, buy one full fare adult ticket and get the second one free. Tickets are available online and valid for travel now through January 31, 2023. Get Out There!

Seniors Ride Half-Off Midweek

One of our most popular senior deals is back in rotation. Riders that are 62 and over can ride half-off every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, now through January 2, 2023. This offer is available online only. Buy Tickets!


Traveling Safely

If it’s been a while since you’ve been on board the train due to health and safety concerns, remember that, while not required, masks are always welcome. Some trains are getting busier than others, so it might be helpful to keep one handy in your bag. Trains, stations, and buses are also keeping hand sanitizer readily available to help keep hands clean.

Service Advisory:Potential Railroad Strike Anticipated

September 12, 2022

STRIKE AVERTED

UPDATED 9/15/2022:

Strike has been averted due to tentative agreement. We will run regularly scheduled train service today. All bus connections will also resume regularly scheduled service.

UPDATED 9/14/2022:

Update on Possible Railroad Strike: Partial service on Thursday, 9/15/22 

As a follow up to our message from Monday, we are anticipating a labor strike later this week involving the nation’s freight railroads. We initially expected we would need to suspend service starting this Thursday, however, we now know that we WILL be able to operate partial service on Thursday as shown below. If continued labor negotiations do not result in an agreement, Capitol Corridor will operate service as shown below on Thursday, September 15, 2022, and beginning Friday, September 16, 2022, all Capitol Corridor service would be suspended until further notice. We will reintroduce service as quickly as possible after the labor dispute is resolved. 

Service on Thursday, September 15th 

Westbound Train Service  

  • Train 521 Sacramento – San Jose Diridon 
  • Train 523 Sacramento – San Jose Diridon 
  • Train 525 Sacramento – Oakland Jack London 
  • Train 527 Auburn – San Jose Diridon 
  • Train 531 Sacramento – San Jose Diridon 
  • Train 541 – Cancelled* 
  • Train 545 Sacramento – Oakland Jack London 
  • Train 547- Cancelled  
  • Train 551 – Cancelled 

Eastbound Train Service  

  • Train 522 Oakland Jack London – Sacramento 
  • Train 524 San Jose Diridon – Sacramento 
  • Train 528 San Jose Diridon – Sacramento 
  • Train 532 San Jose Diridon – Sacramento 
  • Train 534 – Cancelled 
  • Train 536 Oakland Jack London – Sacramento 
  • Train 538 San Jose Diridon – Sacramento – will terminate at Sacramento and a bus will serve Roseville, Rocklin, and Auburn 
  • Train 542 – Cancelled 
  • Train 546 – Cancelled 

*Train 541 will not be in operation on Thursday, September 15. Passengers with a planned bus connection between Reno and Sacramento should plan to connect to Train 545 in Sacramento, which departs at 3:55pm. Sales for Bus 6241, which connects from Train 541 in San Jose and travels to Santa Barbara, have been suspended.  

If a strike is averted and we can resume service on Friday, September 16, Train 527 will start out of Sacramento and Train 524 will start out of Oakland. 

We will continue to provide updates to this situation as we learn more. 

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Original post (9/12/22): Please be advised that a labor strike impacting the nation’s freight railroads appears increasingly likely later this week. In the event of a railroad strike, service on the Capitol Corridor is expected to be suspended as early as Thursday, September 15, 2022, with no known date for resumption of service. Due to the widespread impact of a potential strike across our service route, we will not be able to establish bus bridges during this event but will keep you informed of alternative options. We advise that you plan on alternate transportation for travel starting on Thursday, September 15th.

We are hopeful that all parties will come to an agreement without any interruption in service, however, we also understand that you need to be aware of this possibility to make informed plans about your travel later this week.

Currently, the nation’s Class I freight carriers, including Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), are in dispute with their unions and are in negotiations. If a strike is called, freight and passenger operations on corridors managed by freight railroads would cease, including the UPRR lines on which Capitol Corridor operates. The potential duration of a labor action is unknown, but given the national disruption that this will cause, our hope is that resolution would occur relatively quickly. Our ability to resume service will depend on the duration of the strike. Please watch our website (capitolcorridor.org) and social media channels for updates.

In the event of an actual strike, we will provide an announcement and will provide more details as we are able. Please share this information with your fellow riders. We encourage all riders to sign up for our email/text message updates or to follow us on Twitter. Thank you.

Capitol Corridor Offers Special Service to Levi’s® Stadium for Football Fans

September 6, 2022

 

Take the Train to Games during the 2022-23 Season!

We are thrilled to offer football fans an easy way to get to and from the action at Levi’s® Stadium for all this season’s home games!

In addition to avoiding the stress of traffic and parking, fans who take the train will be able to get an early start on tailgating by enjoying drinks and snacks available in the train’s Café Car. Bring a friend along with our Buy One Get One BOGO offer!

San Francisco 49ers Home Games

Game times with Santa Clara – Great America (GAC) station arrivals and departures:

Date Opponent Game Start Game End (estimated) Westbound Train Arrivals Eastbound Train Departures
9/18/22 Vs. Seahawks 1:05pm 4:30pm Train 729 arrives GAC at 11:39am Train 742 departs GAC at 5:18pm
10/3/22 Vs. Rams 5:15pm 8:40pm Train 541 arrives GAC at 2:38pm Train 546 departs GAC at 9:05pm
10/23/22 Vs. Chiefs 1:25pm 4:50pm Train 729 arrives GAC at 11:39am Train 742 departs GAC at 5:18pm
11/13/22 Vs. Chargers 5:20pm 8:45pm Train 741 arrives GAC at 3:37pm Train 748 departs GAC at 9:05pm
11/27/22 Vs. Saints 1:25pm 4:50pm Train 729 arrives GAC at 11:39am Train 742 departs GAC at 5:18pm
12/4/22 Vs. Dolphins 1:05pm 4:30pm Train 729 arrives GAC at 11:39am Train 742 departs GAC at 5:18pm
12/11/22 Vs. Buccaneers 1:25pm 4:50pm Train 729 arrives GAC at 11:39am Train 742 departs GAC at 5:18pm
12/24/22 Vs. Commanders 1:05pm 4:30pm Train 729 arrives GAC at 11:39am Train 742 departs GAC at 5:18pm
TBA Vs. Cardinals

FARES AND DISCOUNTS

The Capitol Corridor has several discounts available to passengers, including a Buy One Get One (BOGO) offer. Visit the Deals & Promotions page for booking details.

ABOUT THE CAPITOL CORRIDOR®

The Capitol Corridor is an intercity rail service connecting the most economically vibrant urban centers in the Northern California megaregion – from Sacramento to Silicon Valley, and including San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. With a Café Car and free wi-fi on board, Capitol Corridor trains provide a convenient, reliable, and comfortable alternative to the congested I-80, I-680, and I-880 freeways for over 1.7 million work and leisure travelers every year (pre-COVID).

Contact:

Priscilla Kalugdan

(510) 464-6992, priscillak@capitolcorridor.org

San Luis Obispo Cal Poly – Temporary Suspension

August 26, 2022

Due to the annual move-in for students, connecting bus service to San Luis Obispo Cal Poly will be suspended on Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14. Passengers traveling in the area should plan to use the nearby San Luis Obispo stop, which is approximately 2 miles away from campus.

Adjusted Train Schedule for The Weeknd Concert at Levi’s Stadium

August 18, 2022

ADJUSTED TRAIN SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKND’s AUGUST 27 CONCERT AT LEVI’S® STADIUM; TRAIN 748 RESCHEDULED TO DEPART AT 11:30PM

RIDE STRESS-FREE TO SEE THE WEEKND!
Fans who have tickets to The Weeknd’s upcoming AFTER HOURS TIL DAWN tour stop on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, will be able to travel to the concert without the hassles of traffic and parking!
The Capitol Corridor train, which directly serves Levi’s® Stadium at the Santa Clara-Great America Station (GAC), will offer an adjusted train schedule after the concert so attendees can leave their cars at home and travel by train. Train 748 will depart promptly at 11:30pm from the Santa Clara-Great America Station, which is about a 5-to-10-minute walk from the stadium. Ticketed passengers should give themselves 20 to 30 minutes to get to the station after the concert given the expected crowd. The train will not wait for late passengers, even if the show runs long.

Date Show Start Show End (estimated) Westbound Train # and Arrival time Eastbound Train # and Departure time
Saturday, 8/27/22  6:30pm  11:00 pm  Train 743 arrives GAC at 5:38pm  Train 748 departs GAC at 11:30pm

Regularly scheduled service on westbound Train 743 will get attendees to Santa Clara at 5:38pm in time for the concert. The concert start time is scheduled for 6:30pm, but attendees are advised to check the Levi’s Stadium website to find out when doors open. There are earlier trains to Santa Clara as well – please check the Capitol Corridor schedule.

How to Buy Train Tickets
The Capitol Corridor has several discounts available to passengers, including a BOGO (Buy One Get One). Visit the Deals & Promotions page for booking details.
Book travel to Levi’s® Stadium at www.capitolcorridor.org.

WAYS TO SAVE ON TRAVEL!!
BOGO Everyday
If two of you are traveling together, book using our new BOGO Everyday fare offer, good for travel until January 31, 2023. Buy one full-fare ticket and your companion’s fare is FREE! Tickets must be purchased online.

Friends & Family
If your travel group includes more than two people, book with Friends & Family. With the purchase of one full-fare ticket, you can bring up to 5 companions for 50% off any day of the week. Tickets must be purchased online, at least one day in advance.

ABOUT THE CAPITOL CORRIDOR®
The Capitol Corridor is an intercity rail service connecting the most economically vibrant urban centers in the Northern California megaregion – from Sacramento to Silicon Valley, and including San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. With a Café Car and free wi-fi on board, Capitol Corridor trains provide a convenient, reliable, and comfortable alternative to the congested I-80, I-680, and I-880 freeways for over 1.7 million work and leisure travelers every year (pre-COVID).

Contact:
Priscilla Kalugdan
(510) 464-6992, priscillak@capitolcorridor.org