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Amtrak boosts Pacific Surfliner capacity in response to mudslides

Demand for rail transportation has increased after U.S. Route 101 was closed due to mudslides, Amtrak officials say.
Photo – Amtrak Pacific Surfliner


Amtrak is adding rail cars to 10 of its daily Pacific Surfliner trains serving Santa Barbara County, California, to keep up with increased demand following last week's mudslides.

The cars will provide more than 2,000 additional seats, Amtrak officials said in a press release. Railroad officials observed an increase in demand after U.S. Route 101 was closed during the deadly mudslides that occurred near Montecito, California.

Since tracks along the Pacific Surfliner route reopened on Jan. 11, the line has served as the only viable ground transportation option between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, California, Amtrak officials said.

Drive time on alternate routes between the two counties can take nearly four hours, while Pacific Surfliner trains make the journey in about 45 minutes.

Pacific Surfliner trains operate between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, making stops in Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta, California.

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