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Amtrak Prepares for Holiday Travel, Requires Reservations

To safely manage an increase in travelers around the Thanksgiving holiday, reservations will be required on Pacific Surfliner trains traveling between San Diego and San Luis Obispo on Nov. 24-29. Additionally, the Rail 2 Rail program will be suspended during this period, which means that monthly Metrolink and COASTER passes will not be accepted onboard Pacific Surfliner trains on these dates. Amtrak monthly and 10-ride passes may still be used. However, multi-ride ticket holders will be required to confirm each trip (train and date) in advance through the Amtrak RideReserve program on, the Amtrak app, or an Amtrak agent prior to traveling during the reservation period.

Additional train cars are being added when possible to increase the number of available seats on select trains. However, customers are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and book early to guarantee available tickets. A number of safety and cleaning measures have been implemented on stations and on trains. Per federal law and Amtrak policy, face coverings must still be worn while onboard trains and in stations. Details are available at