San Luis Obispo station

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San Luis Obispo, CA
San Luis Obispo Amtrak station.jpg
San Luis Obispo station in 2007
Location1011 Railroad Avenue
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Coordinates35°16′35″N 120°39′17″W / 35.27639°N 120.65472°W / 35.27639; -120.65472Coordinates: 35°16′35″N 120°39′17″W / 35.27639°N 120.65472°W / 35.27639; -120.65472
Owned byUnion Pacific Railroad
Operated byAmtrak
Line(s)Coast Line
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
ConnectionsThruway Motorcoach, Orange Belt Stages, SLO Transit Route 3B
Disabled accessYes
Architectural styleSpanish Colonial Revival architecture
Other information
Station codeSLO
Original companySouthern Pacific
2013115,028[1]Increase 6.1% (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Paso Robles
toward Seattle
Coast Starlight Santa Barbara
Terminus Pacific Surfliner Grover Beach
Former services
Preceding station Southern Pacific Railroad Following station
Santa Margarita Coast Line Pismo Beach

San Luis Obispo station is a passenger rail station in the city of San Luis Obispo, California, United States. The station is fully staffed with ticketing and checked baggage services.[2] The present Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style depot was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad and completed in 1943.[3] It replaced the original SP depot, located just south of the current one, which had opened in 1895. After the present depot opened, the former depot was then used for freight until it was shuttered in 1968. It was demolished to make room for a parking lot in 1971.


The station is the northern terminus of Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego and it also serves the Coast Starlight from Seattle, Washington, to Los Angeles. Four Pacific Surfliner trains (two in each direction) and two Coast Starlight trains (one in each direction) serve the station daily.

For most of Amtrak's first three decades, the station was only served by the Coast Starlight, which ran southbound in the afternoon and northbound in mid-morning. In 1995, Amtrak and CalTrans extended the San Diegan all the way to San Luis Obispo. That route had long been a Los Angeles-San Diego service, but had been extended up the Central Coast to provide that region with additional service to Los Angeles. The San Diegan was rebranded as the Pacific Surfliner five years later.

Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, San Luis Obispo was the 27th-busiest in FY2012, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 297 passengers daily.[4]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Main tracks  Coast Starlight toward Seattle (Paso Robles)
 Coast Starlight toward Los Angeles (Santa Barbara)
 Pacific Surfliner toward San Diego-Union Station (Grover Beach)

Central Coast Layover Facility[edit]

The station has room for a single Surfliner passenger train adjacent to the station to hold overnight for a morning departure from San Luis Obispo.[5] The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency is planning an expanded facility on the Union Pacific property just south of the station. This property still contains the foundation of the Southern Pacific roundhouse and the pit where the turntable resided until 1994. The proposed layout of the CCLF would require destruction of most of these historic landmarks, and prevent the future rebuilding of the railroad facility for historic and public use. The proposed additional storage and maintenance capacity will also allow a second train to layover and provide for future expansion of service.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2013 California Report" (PDF). Amtrak. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Train Web: San Luis Obispo".
  3. ^ "Coast Line History" (PDF). The Ferroequinologist. June 1984. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2012, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-11. External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Wilson, Nick (March 8, 2021). "SLO railroad area could see major expansion with new train yard. Neighbors aren't happy". The Tribune. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  6. ^ Corey, Tyler (March 10, 2021). LOSSAN EIR for Central Coast Layover Facility. Planning Commission Agenda (Report). City of San Luis Obispo. Retrieved 2021-03-09.

External links[edit]

Media related to San Luis Obispo (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons