by Chris Duthie | October 11, 2019
Amtrak is strengthening its commitment to travelers in Southern California. Beginning Oct. 14, the passenger railroad service is adding a 13th roundtrip Pacific Surfliner between Los Angeles and San Diego, a three-hour, 351-mile route that travels through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Louis Obispo counties. The move expands the sustainable transportation options for planners whose attendees travel within this area.
"This service expansion represents the initial benefit of a decades-long, multi-hundred million dollar capital investment by the state of California to add a third track and grade separations between Los Angeles and Fullerton, which will greatly expand capacity and reduce delays for passenger and freight trains on this busy rail corridor," said Chad Edison, chief deputy secretary for rail and transit at the California State Transportation Agency.
 
The new southbound Train 578 will depart Los Angeles at 1:15 p.m., arriving in San Diego at 4:12 p.m., and the new Train 591 will depart San Diego at 5:25 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:34 p.m. As part of the new schedule, minor changes are also being made to arrival and departure times of other Pacific Surfliner trains to improve reliability and coordination with other trains.

With almost 3 million riders in 2018, the Pacific Surfliner is the busiest state-supported intercity passenger rail route in the United States. Passenger perks include comfortable reclining seats with power outlets, WiFi, bike and luggage racks, a free baggage policy, and an onboard café that offers fresh food, snacks and beverages such as California wines, cocktails and local craft beer.

Ticketing and reservations are available on PacificSurfliner.com and Amtrak.com.