Martinez station

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Martinez, CA
Capitol Corridor train at Martinez station, November 2019.JPG
A northbound Capitol Corridor train at Martinez in 2019
Location601 Marina Vista Avenue, Martinez, California
Coordinates 38°01′09″N122°08′20″W / 38.019292°N 122.138754°W / 38.019292; -122.138754 Coordinates: 38°01′09″N122°08′20″W / 38.019292°N 122.138754°W / 38.019292; -122.138754
Owned byCity of Martinez
Line(s) UP Martinez Subdivision [1]
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
ConnectionsAiga bus trans.svg Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
Aiga bus trans.svg County Connection: 16, 18, 19, 28, 98X, 99X, 316
Aiga bus trans.svg Tri Delta Transit: 200
Aiga bus trans.svg WestCAT: 30Z
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeMTZ
OpenedSeptember 22, 1877
RebuiltSeptember 12, 2001
2018346,051 [2] [3] Decrease2.svg 11.3%(Amtrak)
Rank14th in California [2]
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Emeryville
California Zephyr Davis
toward Chicago
toward San Jose
Capitol Corridor Suisun–Fairfield
toward Auburn
toward Los Angeles
Coast Starlight Davis
toward Seattle
Richmond San Joaquins Antioch–Pittsburg
toward Bakersfield
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Los Angeles
Spirit of California
toward Sacramento
Preceding station Southern Pacific Railroad Following station
Port Costa
toward Oakland Pier
Shasta Route Benicia Junction
toward Portland
Overland Route Benicia Junction
toward Ogden
Port Costa
toward Oakland
San Joaquin Daylight Pittsburg
toward Los Angeles
Martinez station

Martinez station is an Amtrak passenger train station in Martinez, California, United States. Located at the west end of downtown Martinez, the station has one side platform and one island platform, which serve three of the four tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad Martinez Subdivision. [1] It is served by the daily California Zephyr and Coast Starlight long-distance trains, five daily round trips of the San Joaquin corridor service, and fifteen daily round trips (eleven on weekends) of the Capitol Corridor service. Martinez is also served by Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach intercity buses plus County Connection, WestCAT, and Tri-Delta Transit local buses.



The 1877-built station in 1974 Martinez station before restoration, May 22, 1974.jpg
The 1877-built station in 1974
The San Joaquin at Martinez in 1976 AMTK 118 and 123 (FP7As ex-SP 6455 and 6461) with a San Joaquin at Martinez, CA in April 1976 (30495392692).jpg
The San Joaquin at Martinez in 1976
The 2001-built station in 2019 Martinez station from parking lot, November 2019.JPG
The 2001-built station in 2019

In early 1877, the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) began construction of two lines meeting at Martinez. The Northern Railway subsidiary built along the coast from Oakland to Martinez, while the San Pablo-Tulare Railway Company followed an inland route from Martinez to Tracy. [4] A passenger station and freight house were built in Martinez east of Ferry Street, along with an engine house and turntable. The first train from Oakland to Martinez ran on September 22, 1877, with regular scheduled service beginning the next January. [4] In August 1878, the line was completed to Tracy, where it met the First Transcontinental Railroad. [4]

Transcontinental service was rerouted over the new route via Martinez on September 8, 1878. [4] On December 6, 1879, the CPRR opened a new line from Benicia to Fairfield, where it connected with the California Pacific Railroad to Sacramento. A train ferry was operated between Benicia and Port Costa; Martinez was cut off from transcontinental service. [4] The Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) leased the CPRR in 1885. On June 7, 1891, the SP opened its San Ramon Branch from Avon (just east of Martinez) to San Ramon; it was later extended to Pleasanton. [5] The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway opened a line through the south part of Martinez in 1899, with a station at John Strentzel's fruit ranch. [4] The station, later named Muir, was never heavily used for passenger service and was closed around the 1940s. [6] [7]

On November 10, 1930, the SP opened the Benicia-Martinez Railroad Drawbridge east of Martinez, replacing the train ferry and adding Martinez to the Oakland–Sacramento mainline. [8] :74 [4] Passenger service on the San Ramon Branch ended in 1931. [5] The second story on the east end of the station was removed in 1942. [8] :71 Local service between Martinez and Tracy ended in the early 1950s, and between Oakland and Sacramento in 1962. [9] [8] :7 However, Martinez remained a stop on long-distance trains including the Cascade , City of San Francisco , and San Joaquin Daylight .

Amtrak took over most intercity passenger operations in the United States on May 1, 1971. Amtrak did not continue service to the San Joaquin Valley, but Martinez was served by the Seattle–San Diego Coast Daylight/Starlight (later the Coast Starlight ) and the Oakland–Chicago City of San Francisco (later the San Francisco Zephyr and California Zephyr ). The Oakland–Bakersfield San Joaquin began service on March 5, 1974, with a stop at Martinez. [10] The station was renovated in 1983.

The San Jose–Sacramento Capitols (later Capitol Corridor ) began on December 12, 1991. [8] :7 As service increased on the new route, the old Martinez station was inadequate for the increased ridership. [11] In 1994, the city acquired a former rail yard site west of Ferry Street. The first phase of the station project – construction of the parking lot, replacement of the Alhambra Creek railroad bridge, and addition of two tracks through the station – was completed in 1997. [12] The new $31 million station opened on September 22, 2001. [11] [8] :67 The city acquired the vacated old station that year; it was used as a temporary library building, and may be converted into a museum. [13] [8] :73

In 2008, the city acquired an industrial parcel north of the tracks to serve as an additional parking lot. [12] The city originally planned to construct a bridge over the tracks to the new lot and the shoreline park areas, as Ferry Street is frequently blocked by trains, but it proved too costly to construct. The city decided in 2013 to build a less-expensive bridge across Alhambra Creek, linking the lot to Berrellesa Street. [14] That bridge opened in 2016. [15] In 2018, the city began construction on the final part of the station project: a footbridge connecting the station building to the new lot. [12] The 110-foot (34 m) span was lifted into place in January 2019.

Bus connections

Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach buses at Martinez Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach buses at Martinez station, November 2019.JPG
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach buses at Martinez

Martinez is served by Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach buses which serve the North Coast region along the Highway 101 corridor. [16] The station is also served by several local bus systems: [17] [18] [19]

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