Amtrak San Joaquins Schedule Change 5-20-2019

May 14, 2019
David Lipari, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority – (209) 944-6278
Media Contact: Alison Macleod
Director of Public Relations, KP Public Affairs
(916) 448-2162 l

Amtrak San Joaquins Improves On-Time Performance and Southern California Connectivity with New Schedule

CONTACT: Chris Kay
TITLE: Manager of Marketing and Outreach
PHONE: (209) 944-6242

(STOCKTON, Calif.) – May 14, 2019 – Amtrak® San JoaquinsSM will be changing schedules on May 20, 2019 to improve on-time performance, enhance statewide connectivity, and make rail travel convenient for the greatest number of travelers. The new schedule will return the San Joaquins to seven full-corridor round-trips (five between Bakersfield and Oakland, and two between Bakersfield and Sacramento).

The new San Joaquins schedule will offer departures every two-hours from Bakersfield, Oakland, and Sacramento. This new two-hour schedule will provide more predictability on the railroad and allow for trains to pass at double-track sections. Ensuring trains pass on double-track sections limit time spent waiting for passing trains, improving overall on-time performance.

Returning the San Joaquins to seven full-corridor round-trips and adjusting the timing of select trains will also increase connectivity to Southern California, a key market for the San Joaquins service. With an extensive Thruway Bus network operating throughout the state and the highest concentration of service in the Southern California region, there are increased opportunities to offer a more convenient option for travelers.

“With increased population growth in both the bay area and throughout all of California, we recognize the need to offer better connectivity,” said David Lipari, marketing manager for the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority. “Designed to improve on-time performance and connectivity across the Bay Area, Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, we are proud to offer a more convenient and timely solution that meets the growing needs of riders.”

Major changes to train times are itemized in the table below. Other train times will be adjusted accordingly, and all Thruway Buses will be adjusted to accommodate the new schedule. In order to accomplish this change, the Morning Express Service (701) will be suspended.

Major Change Summary:

Train Number

Before May 20, 2019

After May 20, 2019

701 / 1701

Monday – Friday

Depart Fresno at 4:45am

Arrive in Sacramento at 8:01am


Saturday, Sundays & Holidays

Depart Bakersfield at 10:15am

Stop at Fresno at 12:08pm

Arrive in Sacramento at 3:24pm



Monday – Sunday

Depart Bakersfield at 6:12am

Arrive in Sacramento at 11:49am


Change Benefits

Restores 7-day service to Sacramento via direct train to Bakersfield, Wasco, Corcoran, and Hanford while decreasing the Thruway Bus trip length from Los Angeles.


Sunday – Thursday

Depart Oakland at 5:55pm

Terminate in Fresno at 9:57pm


Friday, Saturday & Holidays

Depart Oakland at 5:55pm

Stop at Fresno at 9:56pm



Monday – Sunday

Depart Oakland at 5:36pm

Arrive in Bakersfield at 11:57pm


Change Benefits

Restores full-corridor service 7-days a week while decreasing the Thruway Bus trip length to Los Angeles.


Monday – Sunday

Depart Sacramento at 12:41pm

Arrive in Bakersfield at 6:06pm


Monday – Sunday

Depart Sacramento at 6:26am

Arrive in Bakersfield at 11:57am


Change Benefits

Provides an early morning train south out of Sacramento with well-timed connections throughout the Valley and Southern California.



Monday – Sunday

Depart Bakersfield at 6:00am

Arrive in Sacramento at 11:15am


Monday – Sunday

Depart Bakersfield at 6:12pm

Arrive in Sacramento at 11:31pm


Change Benefits

Provides an evening Sacramento-bound train that serves afternoon departures from Southern California and evening trips in the San Joaquin Valley.

The San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA), the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) and the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Service, are focused on increasing service to Sacramento as a part of their joint “Valley Rail” project. This increased service will bring additional San Joaquins and new ACE service to Sacramento. The Valley Rail program, which received $500.5 million in state grant funding in 2018 is moving forward with planning, design and implementation. Currently, environmental analysis is underway and additional trains are expected to be running within three years. SJJPA and SJRRC expect that Valley Rail will allow a reintroduction of business-timed service to Sacramento.
New schedule times are reflected online for May 20, 2019 and beyond and tickets can now be booked at

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About the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA)
Since July 2015, SJJPA has been responsible for the management and administration of Amtrak San Joaquins. SJJPA is governed by Board Members representing each of the ten (10) Member Agencies along the 365-mile San Joaquins Corridor. For more information on SJJPA see
Amtrak San Joaquins is Amtrak’s 6th busiest route with 1.1 million annual riders and 18 stations providing a safe, comfortable and reliable way to travel throughout California. Amtrak San Joaquins runs 7 daily round-trips. In addition to the train service, Amtrak San Joaquins Thruway buses provide connecting service to 135 destinations in California and Nevada including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Napa Valley, Las Vegas and Reno. To book your next trip, visit or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

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