San Juan Capistrano station
|Location||26701 Verdugo Street|
San Juan Capistrano, California
|Owned by||City of San Juan Capistrano|
|Line(s)||SCRRA Orange Subdivision|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Opened||October 27, 1894|
|Original company||Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway|
|FY2020||90,699 53.4% (Amtrak)|
San Juan Capistrano station
|Part of||Los Rios Street Historic District.|
|NRHP reference No.||83001216|
|Added to NRHP||April 4, 1983|
San Juan Capistrano station is a train station in San Juan Capistrano, California, United States served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system, and Metrolink, a commuter railroad. The station has a single side platform serving the single track of the SCRRA's Orange Subdivision.
The station is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, and with few exceptions is the last stop in Orange County; a few trains stop at San Clemente Pier before crossing into San Diego County. It is also served by Metrolink's two Orange County lines. Amtrak's ridership at the station dropped 53.4% to 90,699 in 2020, largely due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The San Juan Capistrano station was originally opened October 27, 1894 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It was one of the earliest examples of Mission Revival Style architecture in railway stations. In 1966, the station was closed, two years ahead of the end of Santa Fe passenger service to the city. Amtrak added San Juan Capistrano as a flag stop on its Los Angeles–San Diego San Diegan service on May 19, 1974. A year later, the depot was converted into a restaurant, with vintage rolling stock used to expand the space. Orange County Commuter service terminated here starting on April 30, 1990, and that service was conveyed to Metrolink when the Orange County Line opened on March 28, 1994. In 1995, the complex received a refurbishment, resulting in two restaurants, one located in the depot building, as well as Amtrak ticketing services and a waiting room, located in two boxcars.
The station serviced 237,776 passengers in 2018.
Postcard of the original Santa Fe depot in 1894
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