CC Rail Mail – June 28, 2013

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

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 June 30, 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


Fourth of July schedule

Capitol Corridor will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule on Thursday, July 4, 2013 only.

Capitol Corridor will return on a normal, weekday schedule on Friday, July 5, 2013.


Minor changes to the Capitol Corridor train schedule – effective July 15, 2013

Effective July 15, 2013 Capitol Corridor will be implementing some minor changes to our train schedule. Trains 520 and 522 will begin operating 5 minutes earlier between Oakland Jack London and Sacramento. As a result of this schedule change, the connecting motorcoach buses from San Francisco stops for Trains 520 and 522 will also be departing 5 minutes earlier.

Train 529 will begin operating 5 minutes earlier between Auburn and Sacramento. Train 529’s schedule will remain unchanged between Sacramento and Oakland Coliseum. These schedule changes are designed to allow for better transit connections at the Sacramento Valley station. Amtrak and Capitol Corridor are working to update these schedule times on, but these updated schedule times may not be implemented in the ticketing system until the end of next week.


Next Stop – New Adventures

Next Stop - New Adventures This summer is the perfect time to get away and do something fun. And now you can bring your friends and family for only $5 when you book a trip along the Capitol Corridor route between

Auburn and San Jose. Visit friends in Sacramento. Explore museums in San Jose. Go shopping in San Francisco. Wherever you plan to go this summer, let Capitol Corridor take you there.

Summer fun begins the moment you’re all aboard. Go online to book your ticket now at


Service Advisory: Pride Parade will affect SF Motorcoach bus connections on 6/30

The annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2013. The parade begins near the Ferry Building and proceeds out Market Street, ending several hours later with ceremonies near City Hall. The following bus stops will be inaccessible from 9:30am to 4:30pm:

  • Financial District (SFF)
  • Market and Powell St. cable car/shopping area (SFS)

For additional information, please visit

Parking at the Richmond Station

A new parking garage opened at the Richmond BART station on May 30, 2013. This garage is for BART patrons, requiring parking validation inside the BART fare gates. A limited number of free parking spaces (approximately 25) will remain available at the Richmond station for Amtrak and Capitol Corridor passengers. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis for rail passengers and will have signs indicating that parking is for Amtrak customers.