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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.

30 Reasons to Ride Capitol Corridor During Transit Month

August 24, 2023

Celebrate Transit Month this September and ride Capitol Corridor. Whether you’re traveling for work or planning that next weekend trip, taking the train is seamless, sustainable, and fun. While no doubt there are many more, here are 30 reasons to book a trip! 

Comfortrelaxing on the Capitol Corridor train

1| Spacious, comfy seating
Our coach cars offer spacious seating with head and footrests. Sit back. Relax. Let us do the driving!

2| Tables
Each car has social seating areas with tables and seats with pull-down trays, giving riders room to work, eat, and play games while on the train.

3| Quiet Car
For those who crave morning solitude, we designateQuiet Cars on select weekday morning trains where you can experience a peaceful, chat-free commute.

4| Ride with a view
Enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the San Francisco Bay or stunning sunrises over the Suisun Marsh through Capitol Corridor’s large, scenic-friendly windows.

On-board Experience

Cafe car attendee serving wine to train rider

5| Free Wi-Fi
Whether you’re in work mode, gaming, or scrolling through your social feeds, we have complimentary Wi-Fito keep you connected while using any Wi-Fi enabled device. Did we mention you can stream 10 free movies on your device? 

6| Outlets at every seat
Need to charge your device? Save your battery by using our electrical, surge-protected outlets instead. They are available at seats on both levels of the train. 

7| Bathrooms on board
You won’t find a restroom in your car on other mass transit systems. We equip all coach cars with wheelchair accessible restrooms, so there’s no need to interrupt your travel with bathroom breaks. 

8| Café Car
Hungry or thirsty? Our Café Caroffers snacks, fresh meals, and beverages you can enjoy while you travel. 

9| Drink specials
Not only is the Café Car home to all kinds of goodies, but seasonal drink specials are also offered, from wine and beer to unique cocktails!

10| Secure bike storage
Trains have two “bike cars” to securely hold about a dozen bikes, along with luggage and other large items. Each train car also has bike racks on the lower level. Most stations have secure, enclosed, and affordableBikeLink eLockers.

11| Cleanliness
Riders can breathe cleaner air because each rail car has a dedicated system that fully exchanges air multiple times an hour and filters are replaced frequently. Our trains, buses, and stations have hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfectant wipes for passenger and employee use.

12| Accessibility
All Capitol Corridor trains welcome passengers with special needs. Our trains and stations are wheelchair-accessible and allow service animals.


BART Station

13| Car-free connections
Leave the car at home. Capitol Corridor connects with BART, Caltrain, SF Muni, and the SF Bay Ferry. We’ve also extended our service route with dedicated bus connections to Lake Tahoe, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and other great Nor Cal destinations. 

14| Free Transit Transfers
Our Transit Transfer program provides connections to local bus and light rail systems in most of the communities we serve, so with a little planning you can travel to your destinations completely car-free! 

Cool Destinations

Jack London Square Walking Tour

15| Sacramento history
Train buffs get a double dose of train delight by riding Capitol Corridor to Sacramento Station to enjoy the exhibits at the California State Railroad Museum and explore California’s Gold Rush history in Old Sacramento.

16| Museums
There’s a wealth of interactive and engaging museums along our route. From fine art and historical artifacts to sports memorabilia and state-of-the-art technology, we connect you to an array of cultural options such as the Crocker Museum, Legion of Honor, Oakland Museum of California, and the San Jose Museum of Art! 

17| Oakland Jack London Square
Foodies can savor mouthwatering dishes served in aplethora of eateries well within walking distance of the Jack London Square Station. 

18| Public Market in Emeryville
Prefer a shorter walk to great food options? Emeryville’sPublic Market is the spot for you, boasting over 20 different food artisans all under one roof and is an easy stroll from the Emeryville Station.

19| Science stops
If you love STEM, there are transit connections from our stations to the San Francisco Exploratorium, San Jose’s Children’s Discovery, and The Tech Interactive. 

20| Berkeley 4th Street shops
For avid shoppers, our Berkeley Station stop is conveniently located adjacent to Berkeley’s 4th Street shopping area, a district with trendy, upscale boutiques for clothing and home goods.

21| World-class universities
We have connections to dozens of schools in Northern California, like UC Davis, UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, and Santa Clara University.Plus, students can join our Stride On Board program and save up to 25% on their fare


22| San Francisco 49ers & Cal Bears football
Football fans can ride our trains to NFL day games at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara or NCAA games at California Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley. 

23| Sacramento Kings basketball
Golden 1 Center is a 10-minute walk from the Sacramento Station, making Capitol Corridor a quick and convenient option to watch the Kings and other NBA teams play basketball.

24| A’s baseball
Enjoy the ballgame and ditch parking fees by using Capitol Corridor instead of driving! The Oakland-Alameda Coliseum is an easy 4-minute walk from our Oakland Coliseum Station. 

25| Entertainment
Ride Capitol Corridor to day events at Levi’s Stadium, Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and Oakland Arena, Golden 1 Center, or Chase Center to avoid parking hassles and fees. 

. . . and more reasons to love the Capitol Corridor!

Feet with Capitol Corridor branded socks

26| Friendly and helpful on-board staff
Conductors and Café Car attendants are courteous and helpful, providing superior customer service.

27| Deals and promotions
Who doesn’t love to save money? Capitol Corridor riders can take advantage of our many seasonal deals and everyday discounts. 

28| We’re social!
From Instagram to TikTok, to onboard Cappy Hour events, we enjoy sharing trip ideas, train info, and offers with our rail community. 

29| Branded merch
Capitol Corridor and BART partnered to introduce Rail Goods, the one-stop-shop for cool transit-themed merch. Rail fans can buy Capitol Corridor branded  items, like plush toy trains, stickers, pins, fun socks, and much more!  

30| Cute mascots
Speaking of plush toys, our last (but not least) fun reason to choose Capitol Corridor are our super-cute mascots – Cappy and Cori – who not only help us promote special events, but their adorability puts the aww, in awesome!

Virtual Destinations And Online Events Along the Capitol Corridor

August 4, 2020

Many of our favorite late-summer events in Northern California were postponed or canceled due to the COVID pandemic. Fortunately, technology is on our side, and a variety of fun activities are still being held online for everyone to enjoy safely. Though a train trip won’t be required to reach these virtual destinations, we encourage you to support these organizations and partners along our route by checking out their online events.

More Virtual Destinations And Online Events Along the Capitol Corridor