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April 2, 2006 | R.J. McClure
Hop aboard Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner in Los Angeles and take a friend for free. The free-companion deal is valid for trips between Los Angeles and Ventura. The round-trip fare is $30 a person. If you'd like to spend the night in Ventura, show your train ticket during check-in at the Crowne Plaza Ventura and you'll receive a special $99 a night rate. The Crowne Plaza, formerly the Holiday Inn, is on the beach and was recently renovated.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Amtrak ridership in Southern California is on pace to set a record, with officials crediting the increase to fare discounts, high gasoline prices and vacationers' desire to stay close to home after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Amtrak ridership on the Southern California coast rose 32.4% in July over the same month in 2002, said Sara Swain, an Amtrak spokeswoman in Oakland. Amtrak expects to reach a record 2 million passengers for the federal fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Amtrak train struck an 18-year-old man who was playing with friends on railroad tracks near San Clemente State Beach, Orange County Sheriff's officials said Thursday. The unidentified man, a Missouri resident, was taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo with moderate to serious injuries. The accident occurred Wednesday night as the Pacific Surfliner was en route to San Diego. The train was traveling about 40 mph, Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
At least 200 commuters were delayed for nearly two hours Thursday after a man apparently committed suicide by stepping in front of an Amtrak train. The Pacific Surfliner was northbound from San Diego to San Luis Obispo when the incident occurred about 2 p.m., said Susan Swain, a spokeswoman for Amtrak. She said the train got underway again about 3:45 p.m. Two other trains were delayed for about 45 minutes, Swain said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2001
A man who might have been crossing the tracks was hit by an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train Wednesday night, according to Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. His body was found at 8:18 p.m. on the Metrolink train tracks 150 yards northeast of White Oak Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard, Humphrey said. The man appeared to be in his 30s or 40s and suffered massive head trauma on impact. "He was sadly beyond our help and was declared deceased at the scene," Humphrey said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Metrolink resumed passenger service this week in western Ventura County, which was disrupted by devastating storms earlier this month, while Amtrak is waiting to restore its popular Pacific Surfliner service north of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2005 | Steve Chawkins and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
An Amtrak passenger train struck a large dump truck at a crossing in rural Ventura County late Friday, critically injuring two people in the truck but causing mostly minor injuries to train passengers, authorities said. The crash occurred at 8:25 p.m. in Somis as Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner headed south from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
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May 28, 2000
Amtrak this weekend began putting new train cars into service on its San Diegan route and renamed it the Pacific Surfliner. The changes are part of a $125-million-plus upgrade of the line, which runs between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. With more than 1.5 million passengers annually, it is Amtrak's second busiest run, after the Boston-New York-Washington corridor.
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November 5, 2000 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
Amtrak has begun selling three new rail passes in California patterned after the popular Eurail passes on the Continent. Similar passes are planned for the Northeast by the end of the year and for Florida next year. The California Rail Pass allows unlimited train travel in the state on any seven days in a 21-day period. The price is $159 for adults and $80 for children 2 to 15. The pass is good on local trains such as the Pacific Surfliner, which runs between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.
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