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The Capitol Corridor wishes you a Happy Lunar New Year!

February 7, 2024

Take the Capitol Corridor to celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon in Northern California and the Bay Area! Avoid the traffic and parking hassles and enjoy fun activities like parades/festivals, lion dancing, community street fairs, and more! We wish you a year full of happiness, prosperity, and success!

Martinez Station:
City of Martinez
Date: February 25, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Main Street, Farmers Market
Link to Event

San Francisco (Richmond/ Emeryville Station):
San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade
Date: February 4-25
Location: Chinatown, Grant Ave. (Multiple events)
Link to Event

Oakland Jack London Square
Jack London Square
Date: February 10,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Location: Jack London Square in the plaza by Plank
Link to Event

San Jose-Diridon Station:
The San Jose Museum of Art
Date: February 17, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Link to Event

Lunar New Year-Tet Festival (3 Days)
Date: February 16-18 , 3:00 pm/ 11:00 am- 11:00 pm
Location: 2200 Eastridge Loop 2200 Eastridge Loop San Jose, CA 95122
Link to Event

2024 Black History Month: Capitol Corridor Honors Pullman Porters and Their Contributions to Black History 

February 1, 2024

In an era when rail reigned transportation, the African-American porter workforce helped define luxury train travel. For almost a century, Pullman porters worked the sleeping and dining cars that gave white travelers an extravagant riding experience. Pullman porters, who were almost exclusively Black men, are also recognized for their role in developing the Black middle class and advancing civil rights.   More 2024 Black History Month: Capitol Corridor Honors Pullman Porters and Their Contributions to Black History 

Winter Holidays

December 8, 2023

From our Holiday Express train, Capitol Corridor wishes you a holiday filled with love, warmth, and moments of connection! Capitol Corridor connects Northern Californians across diverse communities and beyond with safe, reliable, and convenient transportation, and our mission is for everyone to feel welcome. We hope to see you onboard this holiday season!  

As we end the year, here are major holidays and events celebrated in December.  

Hanukkah: December 7-15, 2023
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish celebration that typically spans eight nights and days, commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century BCE. Families come together to share special meals, exchange gifts, and partake in traditional foods like latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts). 

Lean more about Hanukkah here

Winter Solstice: December 20-23, 2023
The Winter Solstice celebration marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, usually occurring around December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a cultural and astronomical event celebrated by various cultures around the world. The celebration serves as a time to reflect on the cycles of nature, express gratitude, and welcome the gradual return of light after the darkest day of the year. 

Learn more about the Winter Solstice here 

Christmas: December 25, 2023
Christmas, one of the most widely celebrated holidays around the world, is a festive season that brings warmth, joy, and a sense of togetherness. Observed on December 25th, Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, a central figure in Christianity. Whether celebrated in a religious context or as a secular holiday, Christmas serves as a time for spreading love, compassion, and the joy of giving. 

Learn more about Christmas here 

Kwanzaa: December 26-January 1, 2024
Kwanzaa, a cultural celebration deeply rooted in African American heritage, takes place from December 26th to January 1st each year. Families celebrate by lighting the kinara, a seven-branched candleholder, and each day they discuss and focus on Nguzo Saba principles. Kwanzaa serves as a time for reflection, cultural affirmation, and community building, fostering a strong sense of identity and unity within the African American community. 

Learn more about Kwanzaa here 

At the Capitol Corridor, we prioritize inclusivity and comfortability for our riders. This fosters a sense of community and social cohesion, making public transit a more accessible and welcoming resource for everyone. 

Learn more about Capitol Corridor’s One Train for All  

Holiday Gift Guide

December 7, 2023

Need a little help finding that perfect something for that favorite someone? Look no further, as we’ve curated a list of holiday gift-giving resources featuring businesses within the communities we serve.

For Rail Enthusiasts:
Capitol Corridor fans won’t want to miss our online store,, where you’ll find a fun assortment of Capitol Corridor merch, including socks, stickers, and our co-mascot plush toy, Cori! At the California State Railroad Museum store, pick up toy trains for the kids, railway souvenirs, books about railroad history, and more.

For Aspiring Scientists:
For unique gifts that will fuel curiosity and open paths to exploration, check out the Exploratorium’s holiday gift guide, where every purchase helps support the Exploratorium’s mission of transforming learning worldwide.

For Art Lovers:
If the museum-goer in your life is missing her favorite artists and exhibits, consider gifting an exhibit souvenir, unique piece of jewelry, or membership for future visits. We have amazing museums all along our route and these four are sure to please: The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, SFMOMA in San Francisco, Oakland Museum of CA, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

For Anyone:
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Our friends at Visit Oakland may have a solution. They curated various shopping guides! From Black-owned businesses and Rockridge District stores, to gifts for bakers, artists, and eco-warriors, you’re bound to discover just what you need.

Support Our Furry Friends This Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2023

Two weeks ago, we celebrated the launch of our Onboard Pet Policy at Emeryville Amtrak Station on a cold, yet cheerful morning. In attendance were Capitol Corridor riders and a variety of furry friends, though some were too big to ride the train. We learned that of the pets at the event, all but one were adopted from shelters or rescue agencies! This stat includes Cleo, the face of the Onboard Pet Policy campaign, who was adopted 10 years ago from an rescue agency in the South Bay. 

People standing with their dogs at train station

While we were overjoyed to learn this, we also know that many of our local shelters are overcrowded, overburdened, and need support to care for animals in need.  

Giving Tuesday is an annual day of extending generosity, social, and financial capital to communities and organizations across the globe. This holiday season, we invite you to support your local animal shelters by donating, fostering, or adopting an animal.

There are many local animal shelters and humane societies along our corridor. Oakland Animal Services plans many pet adoption fairs at local businesses in Jack London Square, right next to OKJ Amtrak Station. This Giving Tuesday, the shelter is doubling your impact! Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary located in Sacramento (and very close to Sacramento Station) is also matching funds. Other animal shelters along our corridor include Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Hayward Animal Shelter, and Berkeley Humane Society, just to name a few.  

And remember, if you decide to adopt a furry friend, remember that we now allow pets (cats and dogs under 20lbs) onboard our trains