California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: August 17, 2011
Contact: Debbie Mullins, Caltrans Division of Rail
Phone: (916) 654-7069


Caltrans Expands Amtrak California Bus Service to Popular Desert Destinations

SACRAMENTO – Traveling to the desert just got better aboard Amtrak California. Caltrans has broadened its Amtrak California Thruway Bus service from Bakersfield to Palm Springs to include three new prime desert destinations:

Cabazon – The Cabazon stop is at the Morongo Casino Hotel, Resort and Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive.  

Palm Desert – The Palm Desert stop is at the Palm Desert Westfield Mall, 72-840 Highway 111.  

La Quinta – The La Quinta stop is at the La Quinta Town Center, Highway 111 and Adams.   

Thruway Bus service is provided exclusively to train passengers as an extension of Amtrak California’s train service to destinations where trains cannot operate.

“Expanding our Amtrak California Thruway Bus service provides train passengers a more convenient way to travel to and from these popular areas and enjoy the entertainment, recreation, and shopping they offer,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.   

Travel to and from these desert “hot spots” via the Thruway Bus is available twice daily, seven days a week. For travel information and schedules or to book your next trip, visit, or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

The Thruway Bus also stops in La Crescenta, Pasadena, Claremont, Ontario, Riverside, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Moreno Valley, Perris, and Sun City.

About Amtrak California

Amtrak California is a partnership of Caltrans and Amtrak. Under the Amtrak California banner, Caltrans funds three of the six busiest intercity passenger rail routes in the Amtrak system: the Pacific Surfliner corridor (ranked second), the Capitol Corridor (ranked third), and the San Joaquin corridor (ranked fifth). Contributing more than $90 million annually in state operating assistance, Caltrans has the largest state supported passenger rail program in the nation.

About Amtrak

Celebrating 40 years of dedicated service as America's Railroad, Amtrak is the nation's intercity passenger rail provider and its only high-speed rail operator. A record 28.7 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2010 on more than 300 daily trains - at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) - that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Amtrak operates trains in partnership with 15 states and four commuter rail agencies. Amtrak also is a strong financial performer achieving an 85 percent cost-recovery ratio in FY 2010. Enjoy the journey at or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Join us on and follow us at!/amtrak

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