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November 7, 2004
Get into training on a special two-for-the-price-of-one deal from Amtrak. The free companion fare, available until May 26, applies to passengers traveling to Ventura on the Pacific Surfliner from any station between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. The Amtrak platform is within walking distance of hotels and the city center, where there are restaurants, theaters, galleries and shops. Reservations can be made at www.amtrak.com or by calling (800) USA-RAIL (872-7245). The promotion code is H449.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2005 | Rodney Bosch, Times Staff Writer
A northbound Amtrak passenger train hit a tractor-trailer hauling frozen strawberries in Oxnard on Monday, causing some minor injuries and snarling rush-hour traffic, authorities said. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner collided with the truck about 4:30 p.m. at the rail crossing at 5th Street and Rose Avenue, said Oxnard Fire Battalion Chief Chris Donabedian. The train did not derail.
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October 7, 2005 | Susana Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
A man died in an apparent suicide Friday when he threw himself in front of an oncoming Amtrak train, Fullerton police said. Commuters were delayed more than two hours, officials said. Six people witnessed the man jump onto the tracks and lie down as the train approached the station between Harbor Boulevard and Lemon Street at 2:06 p.m., Lt. Steve Matson said. The man, 47, was not identified pending notification of family.
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July 20, 2000 | MIKE MCCARTHY
Plans to replace the railroad tracks in the tunnel linking Ventura and Los Angeles counties will shut down rail traffic through Simi Valley this fall. During the first two weeks of October, Metrolink officials will bus the approximately 1,000 daily passengers from Simi Valley, Moorpark and three other west county stations directly to the Chatsworth station where passengers will continue to Los Angeles via rail.
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