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Image:thruwaymotorcoach.JPG|Amtrak California Thruway Motorcoach used for San Joaquin trains Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, also referred to as Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service is Amtrak's system of Amtrak-owned intercity coaches, locally contracted transit buses, through-ticketed local bus routes, and taxi services to connect Amtrak train stations to areas not served by its railroads, or stations which are disconnected temporarily due to service delays or track maintenance issues. Train and Thruway Motorcoach tickets are purchased together from Amtrak for the length of a passenger's journey, and the connections are timed for convenient dedicated and guaranteed-reliable transfers between the two services. In addition to providing connecting service to unserved areas, some Thruway Motorcoaches operate as redundant service along well-established passenger rail corridors to add extra capacity. From 1999 to 2019, California state law only allowed tickets for California routes to be sold as part of train journeys. However, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 742 on October 8, 2019, which repealed this law. Amtrak establishes temporary Thruway Motorcoach service when normal rail service encounters disruptions.

Routes



Northeast

*Philadelphia to Quakertown/Allentown/White Haven/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania (service provided by Martz Trailways) *Philadelphia to Atlantic City, New Jersey (through-ticketed NJ Transit Atlantic City Line rail route) *Harrisburg to State College/Altoona/Ebensburg/Johnstown/Greensburg/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Pittsburgh to Cleveland, Ohio *Pittsburgh to Columbus/Dayton, Ohio/Indianapolis, Indiana (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *New York City to LaGuardia Airport/JFK Airport (through-ticketed New York Airport Service route) *Portland, Maine to Bangor (through-ticketed Concord Coach Lines route) *Boston to Newburyport, Massachusetts/Portsmouth, New Hampshire (through-ticketed C&J Trailways route) *New London, Connecticut to Foxwoods Casino (through-ticketed SEAT route) *Boston to Manchester/Concord/Berlin, New Hampshire (through-ticketed Concord Coach Lines route) *Boston to Manchester/Concord/Littleton, New Hampshire (through-ticketed Concord Coach Lines route) *Wilmington, Delaware to Dover, Delaware/Salisbury, Maryland (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *BWI Airport Amtrak station to Kent Island/Easton/Cambridge/Salisbury/Ocean Pines/Ocean City, Maryland (operated by BayRunner Shuttle) *BWI Airport Amtrak station to Frederick/Hagerstown/Cumberland/Grantsville, Maryland (operated by BayRunner Shuttle) *Buffalo to Jamestown, New York (through-ticketed Coach USA Erie route) *Westport, New York to Lake Placid, New York (operated by Ground Force 1) *Albany, New York to Bennington/Manchester, Vermont (through-ticketed Vermont Translines route) *Syracuse, New York to Cortland/Dryden/Ithaca/Elmira (service provided by New York Trailways) *Elmira, New York to Williamsport and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with many intermediate stops (service provided by Fullington Trailways)

Southeast

*Jacksonville to Lakeland, Florida via Ocala *DeLand, Florida to Daytona Beach (thruway service is a taxicab provided by Tri Star Taxi) *Orlando/Tampa to St. Petersburg/Fort Myers, Florida (operated by Martz First Class) *Palatka, Florida to St. Augustine/Gainesville *Newport News to Virginia Beach, Virginia *High Point, North Carolina to Winston-Salem (operated by Piedmont Authority for Regional Transit) *Washington, D.C. to Charlottesville, Virginia (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Charlottesville to Richmond, Virginia (operated by James River Transportation) *Wilson, North Carolina to numerous cities in eastern North Carolina (Greenville, New Bern, Havelock, Morehead City, Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville, and Wilmington) (through ticketed motorcoach operated by Southeastern Tours of Greenville).Vacations in North Carolina by Train and Thruway Bus
Amtrak. Retrieved 2017-08-25. *Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Mobile, Alabama (through-ticketed Capital Trailways route) *Meridian, Mississippi to Dallas (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Charleston, West Virginia to numerous cities in northern West Virginia (Sutton/Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg, Fairmont & Morgantown) (operated by Barons Bus Lines)

Midwest

*Chicago/Indianapolis to Louisville, Kentucky (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Carbondale, Illinois to St. Louis (Vandalia Bus Lines) *New Orleans to Baton Rouge (Greyhound Lines) *Battle Creek, Michigan to Flint (through-ticketed Indian Trails route) *Kalamazoo, Michigan to St. Ignace (through-ticketed Indian Trails route) *Indianapolis to Galesburg, Illinois/Davenport, Iowa (through-ticketed Burlington Trailways route) *Kansas City, Missouri to Oklahoma City via Tulsa (through-ticketed Jefferson Lines route) *Milwaukee to Oshkosh, Wisconsin/Wausau, Wisconsin (through-ticketed Lamers Bus Lines route) *Milwaukee to Green Bay, Wisconsin via Appleton, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac *Milwaukee to Madison, Wisconsin (Badger Bus) *Milwaukee to Houghton, Michigan (Indian Trails) *Milwaukee to Minneapolis/St. Paul via Eau Claire, Wisconsin (Jefferson Lines) *Chicago to Rockford, Illinois/Madison, Wisconsin (through-ticketed Van Galder Bus Company route) *Galesburg, Illinois to Springfield, Illinois *St. Paul-Minneapolis to Duluth, Minnesota (through-ticketed Jefferson Lines route) *Toledo, Ohio to East Lansing, Michigan via Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan (Metro Cars) *Newton, Kansas to Oklahoma City via Wichita. *Toledo, Ohio to Chicago, Illinois

West

*Albuquerque to El Paso (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Denver to Colorado Springs/Pueblo (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Denver to Glenwood Springs, Colorado (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Flagstaff to Williams/Grand Canyon (through-tickete
Groome
route) *Flagstaff to Phoenix (through-tickete
Groome
or Greyhound route) *Flagstaff to Sedona (through-tickete
Groome
route) *Lamy, New Mexico to Santa Fe, New Mexico *Los Angeles to Las Vegas (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Longview, Texas to Shreveport, Louisiana *Longview to Houston/Galveston *Houston to Galveston (through-ticketed Kerrville Bus route) *Maricopa to Phoenix (through-tickete
Stagecoach Express
route) *Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Missouri via Tulsa (through-ticketed Jefferson Lines route) *Raton, New Mexico to Denver (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Salt Lake City to Boise (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Salt Lake City to Las Vegas via St. George (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *San Antonio to Laredo (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *San Antonio to McAllen (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Temple to Killeen/Fort Hood

Pacific Northwest

*Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia (through ticketed Cantrail Coachlines Inc.) *Seattle to Bellingham and Vancouver, BC *Seattle to Vancouver Island/Victoria, British Columbia (through-ticketed Victoria Clipper ferry route) *Portland to Eugene-Springfield *Portland to Astoria (through-IMO by Amtrak, operated by the NorthWest POINT) *Spokane to Boise (through-ticketed Northwestern Trailways route) *Seattle to Wenatchee/Spokane (through-ticketed Northwestern Trailways route) *Portland to Pendleton/Boise (through-ticketed Greyhound route) *Portland/Albany to Corvallis/Newport (through-ticketed Valley Retriever) *Redmond to Chemult (through-ticked by Amtrak, operated by the High Desert POINT/TAC Transportation) *Klamath Falls to Brookings (through-ticked by Amtrak, operated by the SouthWest POINT/Klamath Shuttle) *Klamath Falls to Crater Lake (through-ticketed by Amtrak, operated by Crater Lake Trolley/Klamath Shuttle) *Eugene to Bend/Ontario (through-ticked by Amtrak, operated by Eastern POINT/TAC Transportation) *Eugene to Coos Bay (through-ticked by Amtrak, operated by TAC Transportation) *Klamath Falls to Ashland

California

*1a: BakersfieldLos AngelesLong BeachSan Diego *1b: Bakersfield – Los Angeles – Long Beach *1c: Bakersfield – UCLATorrance *3: ReddingSacramentoStockton *6: San Jose – Stockton *7: MartinezNapaSanta RosaArcata *9: BakersfieldVictorvilleLas Vegas, Nevada *10: Santa Barbara – Bakersfield – Las Vegas, Nevada *12: Bakersfield – LancasterPalmdale – Victorville *15A: MercedYosemite *15B: FresnoYosemite *17: OaklandSan Luis Obispo – Santa Barbara *18: Santa Maria – San Luis Obispo – Hanford *19: Bakersfield – Inland Empire *20A: Sacramento – Reno/Sparks, Nevada *20A: Sacramento – South Lake Tahoe *21: San Jose – San Luis Obispo – Santa Barbara *34: StocktonSan Francisco *35: Santa CruzSan Jose (Highway 17 Express) *68: SalinasCarmel *99: Oakland/EmeryvilleSan Francisco

Substitution for Amtrak trains

Thruway Motorcoaches are also substituted in place of an Amtrak California train on the following unnumbered segments: *Fresno - Bakersfield (one early morning southbound trip) *OaklandSan Jose *Van Nuys, Los Angeles to central Los Angeles (one southbound trip) *Central Los Angeles to Santa Barbara Thruway Motorcoaches can also be used as an alternative to the Amtrak ''Downeaster'' on the following segments: *Boston (North Station) to Dover, Exeter, or Durham/UNH – one northbound (Bus 8619) and one southbound (Bus 8618) (C&J bus)- this segment can be reserved through Amtrak ticketing systems *Boston (South Station) to Portland, Maine – Portland/Boston Flexpass is valid on Concord Coach or ''Downeaster'' runs between Portland and Boston – no reservations required (The ''Downeaster'' serves Boston-North Station, while Concord Coach serves Boston-South Station

References

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External links


Transit Unlimited ProfileAmtrak Thruway Connecting Services
Thruway Motorcoach Category:Intercity bus companies of the United States Category:Bus transportation in the United States