Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach

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A Van Hool C2045L Amtrak California Thruway Motorcoach at the Bakersfield, California, station.
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.

California has the most extensive network of Thruway Motorcoaches in the nation;[citation needed] however due to California state law, tickets are sold only as part of train journeys.[1]

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

Thruway Motorcoach routes[edit]

Schematic map of Amtrak routes. Thruway Motorcoach routes appear as thin black lines

Northeast[edit]

East[edit]

Midwest[edit]

West[edit]

Pacific Northwest[edit]

California[edit]

Passengers boarding a YARTS bus at the Merced, CA station operating as Amtrak California Thruway Motorcoach route 15 to Yosemite.

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

(also serving Santa Clarita, Van Nuys, Glendale, San Pedro)

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

(also serving Lodi, Elk Grove, Marysville, Oroville, Chico, Red Bluff and Redding)

(also serving Lodi, Elk Grove, Davis)

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

(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)

(also serving Barstow and Primm)

(also serving Fillmore, Santa Paula, Oxnard, Ventura, and Carpinteria)

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

(also serving El Portal, Midpines, and Mariposa)

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

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

(also serving Goshen Junction)

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

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

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

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

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

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

(also serving Scotts Valley) [connects with 6]

(also serving Monterey)

Substitution for Amtrak trains[edit]

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

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

Replaced Thruway Motorcoach service[edit]

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

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