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Reservations now required on Surfliner trains during Thanksgiving travel

Posted at 11:09 AM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 14:27:40-04

Reservations will be required on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner route during the Thanksgiving holiday period to safely manage the increase of travelers and control the spread of COVID-19.

The company announced Thursday that a reservation will be required on trains that travel between San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties beginning Monday, Nov. 23 through Nov. 30 to help manage the capacity and allow customers to socially distance.

Additionally, the Rail 2 Rail program will be suspended during this period, and 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 through the Amtrak RideReserve program on, the Amtrak app, or with an Amtrak agent before traveling.

Additional cars are being added when possible to increase the number of available seats on select trains.

Visit for additional information on booking and safety precautions.