Amtrak Begins To Restore Service To Central Coast

Transit Ridership Plummets During Coronavirus Pandemic

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Train service from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties is being partially restored today, for the first time since being severely reduced due to the coronavirus.

Some trains and bus connections had remained open as essential services, providing options for those who must travel. Today's changes are the first step to restoring full service to 100 miles of the 351-mile Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo coastal rail corridor, known as LOSSAN.

The following changes are now in effect:

-- Southbound Train 774 will depart San Luis Obispo at 6:55 a.m. and arrive in San Diego at 3:28 p.m., serving stations in between;

-- Two southbound buses will provide connections from San Luis Obispo to Trains 768 and 796, which originate in Goleta/Santa Barbara;

-- Northbound Train 777 will depart San Diego at 12:05 p.m. and arrive in San Luis Obispo at 8:36 p.m., serving stations in between;

-- Northbound train 785 will depart San Diego at 3:58 p.m. and arrive in Goleta at 10:04 p.m., serving stations in between; and

-- Two northbound buses will provide connections to San Luis Obispo from trains 763 and 785, which terminate in Santa Barbara/Goleta.

The Coast Starlight, a long-distance Amtrak train, continues to operate one trip daily in each direction through San Luis Obispo.

To help ensure the health of passengers and crews, Amtrak has increased the frequency of cleaning services on all trains and at stations, in some cases performing them on an hourly basis. Additionally, passengers are required to wear face coverings at stations and aboard trains.

Travelers on the LOSSAN line are advised to check and adhere to local public health orders in effect for the areas in which they start and end their trips.

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