The Chamber is very pleased to announce a new early morning Pacific Surfliner train will be running from Los Angeles and Ventura counties to Santa Barbara and Goleta. Service is planned to begin on April 2, 2018. When combined with existing southbound Pacific Surfliner service in the afternoon, the new morning train will make it possible to travel to work in Santa Barbara county via rail.
“The 15,000 residents who daily travel the 101 corridor will soon have a new transportation option that can get them out of traffic. Passenger rail is an excellent alternative to driving alone that saves time and money,” said Michael T. Bennett, Goleta City Councilmember and the SBCAG Board representative. “This new service is coming at the perfect time as traffic congestion on the 101 has recently increased because of impacts from the Montecito debris flow and the closure of Highway 192”.
A partial list of the new schedule and train stations is listed below:
|Northbound (AM) #759|
|Southbound (PM) #792|
“Goleta has always been a pioneer in using all innovative and modern workplace policies to enhance our employees’ quality of life from bike lockers, to flex time and remote working,” said Kristen Miller, President & CEO of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce. “Commuter rail is in line with this thinking and a great option for our employees.”
Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District shuttle buses will be available from the Santa Barbara and Goleta train stations to connect train passengers to worksites downtown and in Goleta as well as Cottage Hospital locations. Bike lockers will also be available for passengers who’d like to store bicycles to ride the last mile to work. Train passes will also be valid on all VCTC Coastal Express buses if commuters prefer to take the train one direction and a bus on the other leg of their commute.
Monthly passes for this service will be available and special promotions for the first month will be announced soon. Commuters looking to work later than the departure time may also use their tickets for the evening Pacific Surfliner Train. The Chamber will continue to publish details as they are announced.