Martinez (Amtrak station)

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Station statistics
Address 601 Marina Vista Avenue
Martinez, CA 94553
Connections Bus:
7-North Bay/Eureka
County Connection:
16-Concord BART via Alhambra
18-Pleasant Hill BART
19-Concord BART via Pacheco
28-North Concord/Martinez BART
98X-Walnut Creek BART
639-Diablo Valley College
316 Pleasant Hill BART (Saturday)
30Z-Hercules/El Cerrito del Norte BART
200-Pittsburg/Bay Point BART
Structure type at-grade
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Parking Permit only
Bicycle facilities Yes
Baggage check yes
Other information
Opened 2001
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code MTZ
Owned by City of Martinez
Passengers (FY2013) 475,909[1] Decrease 0.43% (Amtrak)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward San Jose
Capitol Corridor
toward Auburn
toward San Jose
Capitol Corridor
under construction
San Joaquin
toward Bakersfield
San Joaquin
under construction
toward Emeryville
California Zephyr
toward Chicago
toward Los Angeles
Coast Starlight
toward Seattle
Location of the Martinez Amtrak Station.
Location of the Martinez Amtrak Station.
Location within California

Martinez Station is a union station in Martinez, California, the county seat of Contra Costa County. It is served by 44 Amtrak trains per day, including Capitol Corridor trains, San Joaquins, the California Zephyr and the Coast Starlight. (When Amtrak took over in 1971 none of its trains stopped at Martinez.) The station is served by local County Connection bus service and connecting service from Benicia Breeze, WestCAT, and Tri-Delta Transit. The station was remodeled in the late 1990s, improving its aesthetic appeal. The station includes a transit center for buses, kiss and ride areas for rides and taxis, and extensive surface level parking.

There are plans to use Measure J monies to build a ferry terminal and begin a ferry service to San Francisco from this waterfront station on the Suisun Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers Delta of the San Francisco Bay. This would make the station a bus, ferry, and rail intermodal transit hub.[2][3]

The proposed wBART is an extension of BART service through connecting heavy DMU rail from current terminals. wBART may run through Martinez on its way to Solano County via the Benicia-Martinez Railbridge if it is extended beyond the preliminary terminal in nearby Hercules.[4]

Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Martinez was the sixth-busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of about 1,304 passengers daily.[1]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1-3 California Zephyr toward Chicago (Davis)
California Zephyr toward Emeryville (Richmond)
Capitol Corridor toward Auburn (Suisun/Fairfield)
Capitol Corridor toward San Jose (Richmond)
Coast Starlight toward Seattle (Davis)
Coast Starlight toward Los Angeles (Emeryville)
San Joaquin toward Bakersfield (Antioch–Pittsburg)
San Joaquin toward Oakland – Jack London Square (Richmond)
4 Bypass track No regular service

Transit Connections[edit]

Most buses are County Connection, the main jurisdictional transit provider for this part of the county, but there is also service feeder provided Amtrak in addition to commuter service from neighboring transit jurisdictions.

County Connection[edit]

County Connection is the local transit agency and provides both local and connecting express services. Line 639 connects the station with Diablo Valley College and points between long Pacheco Road[5] and line 98X runs commuter service to Walnut Creek BART station with stops in northern Martinez along Berrellessa and Alhambra Roads, then traveling along Highway 4 to Chilpancingo Road with stops along Chilpancingo and Sunvalley Mall then continuing onto Interstate 680 to Walnut Creek.[6] Line 16 travels to Concord BART via the western edge of Martinez on Alhambra and then onto central Concord thru Monument Bl.[7] Route 18 winds through Pacheco, Morello, Muir and Contra Costa to Diablo Valley College, then continues to Pleasant Hill BART turning onto Taylor, Gregory, and Buskirk.[7] The 19 takes a direct route to Concord along Pacheco and Contra Costa before winding through neighborhoods of downtown Concord along Galaxy and Concord to the Concord BART.[7] The 28 links the station with North Concord/Martinez BART weaving through central Martinez via Howe then onto the VA and Kaiser Hospitals in southern Martinez before turning onto Muir and Industrial Parkway near Clyde to the BART.[7] The 316 provides weekend service to Pleasant Hill BART combining the most popular portions of many of the other routes.[8]

Feeder and commuter service[edit]

There is Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach service to Vallejo, Napa, Santa Rosa, and Eureka along route 7.[9]

WestCat provides commute service on route 30Z to El Cerrito del Norte BART station with stops in northern Martinez along Alhambra Road to Martinez VA Hospital, then traveling along Highway 4 to Hercules Transit Center where it becomes interlined with route JPX and then south along Interstate 80 to del Norte BART in El Cerrito.[10]

Tri-Delta Transit runs route 200 from the station to the Martinez VA Hospital and Kaiser Hospital to East County running express service along highway 4 to the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station in Bay Point.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Antioch Overview". Water Transit Authority. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Cabanatuan, Michael (September 27, 1999). "Richmond Ferry to Sail / Commuter Line to Commence Amid Criticism of Bay Plan". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "I-80/West Contra Costa Corridor" (PDF). BART. Retrieved January 22, 2007. 
  5. ^ "600 Select Service for Schools". County Connection. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "98X map". County Connection. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Weekday map". County Connection. March 10, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "316 route". County Connection. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Amtrak System Timetable Winter/Spring 2014". Amtrak. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "30Z schedule". WestCat. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Route 200 schedule". Tri-Delta Transit. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 38°01′09″N 122°08′20″W / 38.019292°N 122.138754°W / 38.019292; -122.138754