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An Amtrak California Express Thruway Motorcoach in Sacramento
This Amtrak California Thruway Motorcoach is used to transport passengers from San Joaquin trains in Merced, California, to Los Banos, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Salinas, and the Monterey Bay Peninsula.

Thruway Motorcoach is Amtrak's system of Amtrak-owned intercity coaches, locally contracted transit buses, through-ticketed local bus routes and taxi services to connect Amtrak train stations to areas not served by its railroads. Train and Thruway Motorcoach tickets are purchased together from Amtrak for the length of a passenger's journey, and the connections are timed for convenient dedicated and guaranteed-reliable transfers between the two services. In addition to providing connecting service to unserved areas, some Thruway Motorcoaches operate as redundant service along well-established passenger rail corridors to add extra capacity.

By California law, passengers may only travel on Amtrak's network of Thruway Motorcoaches in California when connecting to or from an Amtrak train.[1]

California has the most extensive network of Thruway Motorcoaches in the nation.

Amtrak establishes temporary thruway motorcoach service when normal rail service encounters disruptions.[2]

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Thruway Motorcoach routes

Schematic map of Amtrak routes
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Northeast

  • Philadelphia to Atlantic City (through-ticketed NJ TRANSIT Atlantic City Line rail route)
  • Newport News to Virginia Beach
  • New York to LaGuardia Airport/JFK Airport (through-ticketed New York Airport Service route)
  • Portland, ME to Bangor (through-ticketed Concord Coach Lines route)
  • Boston to Newburyport/Portsmouth (through-ticketed C&J Trailways route)
  • New London to Foxwoods Casino (through-ticketed SEAT route)
  • Boston to Manchester/Concord/Berlin, NH (through-ticketed Concord Coach Lines route)
  • Boston to Manchester/Concord/Littleton, NH (through-ticketed Concord Coach Lines route)
  • Wilmington to Dover/Salisbury (through-ticketed Carolina Trailways route)
  • Washington to Charlottesville (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Buffalo to Jamestown (through-ticketed Coach USA route)
  • Westport to Lake Placid

East

  • Jacksonville to Lakeland via Ocala
  • DeLand to Daytona Beach (thruway service is a taxicab provided by Southern Komfort)
  • Orlando/Tampa to St. Petersburg/Fort Myers
  • High Point to Winston-Salem (through-ticketed Winston-Salem Connector route)
  • Charlottesville to Richmond
  • Chicago/Indianapolis to Louisville (through-ticketed Greyhound route)

Midwest

  • Carbondale to St. Louis (Vandalia Bus Lines)
  • New Orleans to Baton Rouge (Greyhound Lines)
  • Battle Creek to Flint (through-ticketed Indian Trails route)
  • Kalamazoo to St. Ignace (through-ticketed Indian Trails route)
  • Indianapolis to Galesburg/Davenport (through-ticketed Burlington Trailways route)
  • Kansas City to Oklahoma City via Tulsa (through-ticketed Jefferson Lines route)
  • Milwaukee to Oshkosh/Wausau (through-ticketed Lamers Bus Lines route)
  • Milwaukee to Houghton (Indian Trails)
  • Milwaukee to Minneapolis/St.Paul via Eau Claire (Jefferson Lines)
  • Chicago to Rockford/Madison (through-ticketed Van Galder Bus Company route)
  • St.Paul-Minneapolis to Duluth (through-ticketed Jefferson Lines route)
  • Toledo to East Lansing via Detroit, Ann Arbor (Metro Cars)

West

  • Seattle to Vancouver, BC (through-ticketed Western Trailways Route route)
  • Salt Lake City to Boise (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Galesburg to Springfield
  • Denver to Colorado Springs/Pueblo (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Denver to Glenwood Springs (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Williams Junction to Williams (Grand Canyon Railway connection)
  • Flagstaff to Williams/Grand Canyon (through-ticketed Open Road Tours route)
  • Flagstaff to Phoenix (through-ticketed Open Road Tours or Greyhound route)
  • Flagstaff to Sedona (through-ticketed Open Road Tours route)
  • Raton to Denver (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Kingman to Laughlin/Las Vegas (Commuter Services)
  • Albuquerque to El Paso (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Lamy to Santa Fe
  • Los Angeles to Las Vegas (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Longview to Shreveport
  • Longview to Houston/Galveston
  • San Antonio to Laredo (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • San Antonio to McAllen(through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Temple to Killeen/Fort Hood
  • Oklahoma City to Kansas City via Tulsa (through-ticketed Jefferson Lines route)
  • Houston to Galveston (through-ticketed Kerrville Bus route)

Pacific Northwest

  • Seattle to Bellingham and Vancouver, BC
  • Seattle to Vancouver Island/Victoria, BC (through-ticketed Victoria Clipper ferry route)
  • Portland to Eugene-Springfield
  • Spokane to Boise (through-ticketed Northwestern Trailways route)
  • Seattle to Wenatchee/Spokane (through-ticketed Northwestern Trailways route)
  • Portland to Pendleton/Boise (through-ticketed Greyhound route)
  • Portland to Astoria
  • Portland/Albany to Corvallis/Newport
  • Chemult to Bend/Redomd
  • Ontario to Eugene/Coos Bay (through-ticketed Porter Stage route)
  • Klamath Falls to Ashland

California

  • 1a: Bakersfield - Los Angeles - Long Beach - San Diego

(also serving Santa Clarita, Van Nuys, Glendale, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, and Solano Beach)

  • 1b: Bakersfield - Los Angeles - Long Beach - San Diego

(also serving Santa Clarita, Van Nuys, Glendale, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, San Pedro, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, and Solano Beach)

  • 1c: Bakersfield - UCLA - Torrance

(also serving Lebec, Santa Clarita, Burbank, Van Nuys, Westchester, and El Segundo)

  • 3a: Stockton/Sacramento - Medford, OR

(also serving Lodi, Elk Grove, Marysville, Oroville, Chico, Corning, Red Bluff, Redding, Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta, Weed, Yreka, and Ashland, OR) [Corning service stopped 2009-05-11]

  • 3b: Stockton/Sacramento - Fairfield/Suisun

(also serving Lodi, Elk Grove, Davis, and Vacaville)

  • 6: Stockton - San Jose

(also serving Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Vasco Road, Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, Fremont, and Santa Clara)

  • 7: Martinez - McKinleyville

(also serving Benicia, Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, Napa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Ukiah, Willits, Laytonville, Leggett, Garberville, Rio Dell/Scotia, Fortuna, Eureka, and Arcata)

  • 9: Bakersfield - Las Vegas, NV

(also serving Barstow, Baker, and Primm)

  • 10: Bakersfield - Santa Barbara (also serving Fillmore, Sanata Paula, Oxnard, Ventura, and Carpinteria)
  • 12: Bakersfield - Victorville

(also serving Tehachapi, Mojave, Rosamond, Lancaster, Palmdale, Littlerock, and Adelanto Junction)

  • 15: Merced - Yosemite

(also serving El Portal, Midpines, and Mariposa)

  • 18a: Hanford - Santa Maria

(also serving Lemoore, Kettleman City, Paso Probles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, and Grover Beach)

  • 18b: Hanford - Visalia

(also serving Goshen Junction)

  • 19a: Bakersfield - Hemet

(also serving La Crescenta, Pasadena, Claremont, Ontario, Riverside, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Perris, Sun City)

  • 19b: Bakersfield - Indio

(also serving La Crescenta, Pasadena, Claremont, Ontario, Riverside, San Bernardino, Beaumont, Palm Springs, and Thousand Palms)

  • 20a: Sacramento - Reno/Sparks, NV

(also serving Roseville, Rocklin, Auburn, Colfax, and Truckee)

  • 20c: Sacramento - South Lake Tahoe

(also serving Placerville, Stateline, NV, and Kingsbury Transit Center, NV)

  • 21: San Jose - Santa Barbara

(also serving Gilroy, Salinas, King City, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach Santa Maria, Solvang, and Buellton)

  • 23: Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe [Route replaced] (Carson City service stopped 2006-11-30)
  • 34: Stockton - San Francisco

(also serving Lodi, Livermore, Dublin, Oakland, and Emeryville)

  • 35: Santa Cruz - San Jose

(also serving Scotts Valley) [connects with 6]

  • 36: Oakland - San Luis Obispo

(also serving San Francisco, San Jose, Salinas, King City, Paso Robles, and Atascadero)

  • 37: Merced to Monterey (Route discontinued effective 2008-05-05)
  • 68: Salinas - Carmel

(also serving Monterey)

  • 99: Oakland/Emeryville - San Francisco

Substitution for Amtrak trains

Thruway Motorcoaches are also substituted in place of an Amtrak California train on the following unnumbered segments:

  • Oakland - San Jose
  • Van Nuys, Los Angeles to central Los Angeles (one southbound trip)
  • Central Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

Thruway Motorcoaches can also be used as an alternative to the Amtrak Downeaster on the following segments:

  • Boston (North Station) to Dover, Exeter, or Durham/UNH - one northbound (Bus 8619) and one southbound (Bus 8618) (C&J bus)- This segment can be reserved through Amtrak ticketing systems
  • Boston (South Station) to Portland, ME - Portland/Boston Flexpass is valid on Concord Coach or Downeaster runs between Portland and Boston -no reservations required- (The Downeaster serves Boston-North Station, while Concord Coach serves Boston-South Station)

Replaced Thruway Motorcoach service

Thruway Motorcoach service has been replaced by through-ticketed local transit on the following California segments:

References

  1. ^ "California Thruway Motorcoaches." Amtrak. Accessed July 27, 2008.
  2. ^ "Thruway Motorcoach Service and Accessibility." Amtrak. Accessed July 27, 2008.

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