CC Rail Mail – July 31, 2013

Linsey Ettlin CC Rail Mail & Newsletters, News Archive, Service Alerts

Parking permits now required at Martinez station

Passengers are now required to display parking permits in their vehicles when parking at the Martinez Amtrak station. Vehicles without permits will be ticketed. Amtrak and Capitol Corridor passengers can obtain a free parking permit from Station Agents inside the Martinez Amtrak station by showing or purchasing a valid train ticket.

10-Ride ticket policy change

Effective Monday, August 19, 2013, 10-ride tickets issued on August 19, 2013 and beyond will only be valid for the person whose name is printed on the 10-ride ticket. Previously, a 10-ride ticket was valid for multiple passengers to ride. When this change goes into effect, it will only be valid for 1 person (the name on ticket). 10-ride ticket holders with tickets purchased on or after August 19, 2013, endorsed Non-Transferrable, will not be able to use or share rides on their tickets for friends or family members.
However, tickets sold up to August 18th, 2013 will still be transferable until they expire 45 days after the date issued.

Run away to the circus in Sacramento, Oakland or San Jose

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Capitol Corridor service in the event of a BART strike

BART is currently involved in labor negotiations. If an agreement is not reached by the deadline (at this time set for midnight August 4, 2013), BART service could be disrupted by a labor strike. Although BART may go on strike, please be assured that Capitol Corridor is not involved in these negotiations and our service will continue uninterrupted.
The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority is attending contingency planning sessions with BART management and is working with Amtrak to develop a contingency plan.
In the event of a BART strike, all Capitol Corridor trains and connecting buses will operate regularly scheduled service, though transfers to BART at the Richmond station would be suspended.
The Richmond Amtrak / Capitol Corridor platform will remain open for Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin trains during a potential strike for those riders en route to Richmond or for those riders who originate there.
Capitol Corridor trains may carry more riders than usual, resulting in less available seating on board. Due to rail equipment demands, we are limited in our ability to add additional coaches to trains or increase service to accommodate extra ridership.
* San Francisco-bound Passengers: If you normally transfer to BART at Richmond to get to SF, please plan to detrain at Emeryville to board a Route 99 connecting motorcoach. On Route 99 (EMY-SF) some schedules will have a limited number of extra buses to handle overflow of passengers who would normally transfer to BART at Richmond. Your ticket must indicate San Francisco as your destination stop. Please be patient as traffic conditions on the Bay Bridge will result in delays.
* Berkeley/Oakland or East Bay-bound Passengers: If you normally transfer to BART at Richmond to get to Downtown Berkeley, Downtown Oakland, or other destinations along the East Bay please plan to detrain at our Berkeley or Oakland Jack London stations and connect to an AC Transit bus. Ask your conductor for free transit transfers when they punch your ticket. For AC Transit schedules and information, visit or call 511 from within the Bay Area.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our regular passengers. Thank you for your cooperation. We will do our best to provide you with the level of service you are accustomed to.
Please visit the Capitol Corridor website at for answers to top questions about traveling aboard our trains. You may also call the Bay Area’s 511 line, or visit to find out about the latest news about Bay Area transportation alternatives during the strike, visit

San Francisco motorcoach bus service advisory: August 4, 2013

As a result of The Giants Race in San Francisco on Sunday, August 4, 2013, the following temporary changes will be in effect from 5:00 AM until 2:00 PM:
– Service will be suspended at The San Francisco – Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39 (SFW) stop. Buses will not stop at this station between the hours of 5:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
– The San Francisco – Ferry Building (SFC) stop will be moved to Steuart & Mission Streets located west of the Ferry Building.
Connections to/from the following trains will be temporarily effected by this change: 720, 723, 724, 727, 728, 733 and 734.