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Busy turnstiles prompt Amtrak to increase capacity on San Joaquin line


Amtrak’s San Joaquin corridor is experiencing a surge in ridership in California’s Central Valley this summer. As a result, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Amtrak California have added passenger cars to increase capacity by 25 percent.

Currently, each of the 12 daily trains operate with a four-car configuration, according to Amtrak California. However, under a new plan to remain in effect until Labor Day, a fifth car will be added to at least six of the busiest trains that serve the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley.

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