In this issue:
Thanksgiving Service Advisory
Holiday Travel Tips
Limited Wi-Fi Trial on Capitol Corridor Trains
Habitot Train Museum exhibit
Voices in Harmony annual holiday concert
Thanksgiving Service Advisory
EXTENDED TRAIN SERVICE FOR TRAINS 551 & 553
On Wednesday, November 26, Capitol Corridor will run extended train service between the Sacramento (SAC) and San Jose (SJC) stations. Train 551 and Train 553, will both stop at all stations between Sacramento and San Jose, giving passengers who travel from Sacramento to the Bay Area additional evening travel options. The extended schedule between Oakland and San Jose is posted below:
Depart SAC at 7:40pm
Depart DAV at 7:55pm
Depart SUI at 8:19pm
Depart MTZ at 8:40pm
Depart RIC at 9:05pm
Depart BKY at 9:12pm
Depart EMY at 9:20pm
Depart OKJ at 9:40pm
Depart OAC at 9:49pm
Depart HAY at 10:00pm
Depart FMT at 10:16pm
Depart GAC at 10:33pm
Arrive SJC at 10:52pm
Depart SAC at 9:10pm
Depart DAV at 9:25pm
Depart SUI at 9:49pm
Depart MTZ at 10:10pm
Depart RIC at 10:35pm
Depart BKY at 10:42pm
Depart EMY at 10:50pm
Depart OKJ at 11:10pm
Depart OAC at 11:19pm
Depart HAY at 11:30pm
Depart FMT at 11:46pm
Depart GAC at 12:03am
Arrive SJC at 12:22am
AVOID THE RUSH
Busiest travel days are Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving. If traveling on Wednesday, ride before noon or after 6:00 p.m. CCJPA officials urge passengers to purchase tickets in advance. You can buy online at Amtrak.com, at QuikTrak ticket vending machines, or at ticket windows at staffed stations. Passengers should allow plenty of time at stations prior to departure – at least 45 minutes before if tickets need to be picked up.
Capitol Corridor’s entire timetable, parking, luggage guidelines and ticketing information can be found online at www.capitolcorridor.org.
Capitol Corridor will operate a weekend/holiday schedule on Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving- Thursday November 27 and Friday November 28, 2008.
Holiday Travel Tips
November and December are some of the busiest months aboard the Capitol Corridor Trains. Below are some travel tips to help make your trip as comfortable and convenient as possible during the hustle and bustle of the season.
â€¢ Book tickets in advance online! The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are dates when trains and motorcoach buses are usually full. If you can travel on alternate dates or at off-peak times like early in the morning or late in the evening, your train may be less crowded.
â€¢ If your trip includes a motorcoach bus connection, please book in advance to ensure yourself a seat. Print out and bring your ticket confirmation with you aboard the bus. Unreserved travelers may not be able to be accommodated on their first choice motorcoach bus connection.
â€¢ Carry a valid, government-issued I.D. with you at all times. Proper identification is required to purchase tickets and ride Capitol Corridor trains and motorcoaches.
â€¢ Arrive at the station early to allow plenty of time to find parking, get your tickets, and get on the train safely. If you are boarding from a staffed station and do not pick-up or purchase your ticket before boarding the train, you will be charged a penalty fee for purchasing your ticket onboard the train.
â€¢ Mark your luggage with proper identification tags and keep it with you at all times. As a reminder, Capitol Corridor allows passengers to bring aboard 2 pieces of carry-on luggage (Each bag must be less than 50lbs. and not exceed 28″ x 22″ x 14″ inches in size).
â€¢ As a courtesy to other passengers, please store your carry-on baggage in the luggage racks, overhead bins, or on the floor under your seat to keep seats open for riders during this busy time.
30-Day Limited Wi-Fi Trial on Capitol Corridor trains
The CCJPA is partnering with Hobnob, a Bay Area-based wireless network solutions firm, to offer a limited wireless network access trial to passengers during the weekdays of December 2008. Hobnob’s technological solution enables us to conduct the test program on a regular train schedule at no cost to you. We selected trains 523 and 542 for this pilot program, so if you want to try the wireless trail sit in car #1 (the car closest to the locomotive) on those trains.
More Information about Wi-Fi on the Capitol Corridor
Train Week at Habitot Museum
Tots love trains – Habitot’s Train Week, December 1-7th, will thrill aspiring conductors! Children can ride locomotives through the museum, and join in train-themed games. We’ll decorate a giant train sculpture, make conductor’s hats, and paint with wheels. Train stories read daily. Door prizes announced daily at noon.
Visit Habitot for a chance to win a family trip along Capitol Corridor – the best way to travel between the Sierra Foothills, Sacramento, the San
Francisco Bay Area, and San Jose! Plus, receive a free companion fare coupon with any Habitot store purchase. Present this email for $1 off adult admission during Train Week!
Habitot Children’s Museum was founded by parents and educators in 1992 to meet the unique needs of young children in a safe and appropriate community setting. Habitot is located at 2065 Kittredge Street in downtown Berkeley.
Visit www.habitot.org or call 510-647-1111 for more information.
Voices in Harmony Annual Christmas Concert
Jump-start your holiday season with the Voices in Harmony annual holiday concert on November 29 matinee at the beautifully restored California Theatre in San Jose. You’ll warm to their wide variety of seasonal music: familiar favorites such as It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The Christmas Song, the rousing Hallelujah Chorus and new selections such as Jester Hairston’s Caribbean-themed Ring De Christmas Bells.
View the Voices in Harmony flyer for more information about their Christmas Concert
For information about Capitol Corridor service, visit www.capitolcorridor.org or call 1-877-9RIDECC (1-877-974-3322).
Try our automated train status feature! Call 1-877-9RIDECC (1-877-974-3322) and press “1”. Or check online at www.capitolcorridor.org/trainstatus
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