San Joaquin Rail Service

Priority 4
San Joaquin Rail Service runs from Bakersfield to Oakland to Sacramento; currently the fifth busiest intercity rail line in the nation. More than 1.2 million passengers annually and seven daily round trips. Numerous thruway buses that provide connecting service throughout California and to Las Vegas.


Office of Community and
Economic Development
Fresno State

Mike Dozier
Executive Director

(559) 278-0727 

Report 2016

During the first half of 2016, the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) successfully deployed the 7th daily round trip of the Amtrak San Joaquins. This was the first additional round trip added between Oakland and Bakersfield in more than two decades. SJJPA is now focusing on grassroots marketing of the service to increase ridership and continuing its efforts to improve and expand the Amtrak San Joaquins.

On March 25, 2016, the Partnership submitted a letter of support to the California Department of Transportation (CDT) and SJJPA in support of SJJPA’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grant application for 2016. SJJPA submitted its TIRCP application to CDT on April 5, 2016. SJJPA applied for funding from the TIRCP to increase service, ridership and performance of the San Joaquin intercity passenger rail service: $142 million in improvements; $59.5 million for equipment; and $0.5 million in funding for the Optimization Study.

See Full 2016 Report


  1. Infrastructure to allow for implementation of 6th-11th Daily Round Trips to the Bay Area
  2. Infrastructure upgrades to allow expanded service to Sacramento
  3. Layover facilities in Merced and Fresno for Mid-Corridor Starts/Ends
  4. Safety Improvements (Grade Separations/Crossing Improvements/Road Closures)
  5. Martinez – Oakland Coliseum Track Improvements
  6. New Stations
  7. New Equipment