The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is a passenger train service administered by the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency. It travels 351 miles through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 27 cities and nearly 3 million people each year. Sections of the route hug the coastline, offering magnificent views of rolling hills and sparkling beaches. Riding the train also provides the added benefit of avoiding freeway traffic. The Pacific Surfliner offers onboard amenities that include spacious reclining seats, large picture windows, power outlets, free Wi-Fi, a market-style café, bicycle storage, and an optional Business Class upgrade.
The route is named with a nod to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (AT&SF) Railway’s Surf Line, which was the original name of the Los Angeles–San Diego portion of the route. The original train that served the route was named the San Diegan.
When AT&SF ceased operating passenger trains on May 1, 1971, it conveyed its responsibilities to Amtrak. Amtrak continued to service the Surf Line route with trains named San Diegan, but in 1988, the route was extended to Santa Barbara, and in 1995, a daily trip to San Luis Obispo was added. Since the name San Diegan was no longer accurate, in 2000, the trains and the route were all renamed the Pacific Surfliner.
In July 2015, the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency assumed responsibility for the operation of the Pacific Surfliner service.