Santa Fe Passenger Depot (Fresno, California)

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Santa Fe Passenger Depot
Fresno, CA
Location2650 Tulare Street
Fresno, California[1]
United States
Coordinates36°44′18″N 119°46′55″W / 36.73833°N 119.78194°W / 36.73833; -119.78194Coordinates: 36°44′18″N 119°46′55″W / 36.73833°N 119.78194°W / 36.73833; -119.78194
Owned byCity of Fresno
Platforms1 side platform
1 island platform
Parking11 short term spaces
98 long term spaces[1]
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeFNO
RebuiltFebruary 12, 2005
Passengers (2018)377,709[3]Increase 0.86% (Amtrak)
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Madera San Joaquins Hanford
Former services
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
toward Oakland
Oakland – Barstow Calwa
toward Barstow
Santa Fe Passenger Depot
Santa Fe Passenger Depot (Fresno, California) is located in Fresno, California
Santa Fe Passenger Depot (Fresno, California)
Santa Fe Passenger Depot (Fresno, California) is located in California
Santa Fe Passenger Depot (Fresno, California)
Santa Fe Passenger Depot (Fresno, California) is located in the United States
Santa Fe Passenger Depot (Fresno, California)
Location2650 Tulare Street
Fresno, California
Coordinates36°44′18″N 119°46′55″W / 36.73833°N 119.78194°W / 36.73833; -119.78194
Area1.1 acres (0.4 ha)
ArchitectWilliam Benson Storey, Jr.
Architectural styleOther, California Mission
NRHP reference #76000482[4]
Added to NRHPNovember 7, 1976

The Santa Fe Passenger Depot, also known as Fresno station, is an historic railroad station and transportation hub in downtown Fresno, California. It is served by San Joaquins inter-city passenger trains, Greyhound inter-city buses, and regional transit services including Fresno Area Express, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency, and seasonally by the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System.


Depot circa 1910

The station was built in 1899 for the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railroad (SF&SJV)[5] and was designed by William Benson Storey for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF or Santa Fe). It is very similar to the Stockton – San Joaquin Street Station.[6] The station was once the Santa Fe's Valley Division Headquarters, and was expanded or renovated nine times between 1908 and 1985. Sante Fe closed the station for passenger service in 1966 and completely shuttered the building in the early 1990s. When passenger service to Fresno was reinstated on 5 March 1974 Amtrak used a space in the nearby freight house. By the time the city of Fresno purchased the station in 2003, it had fallen into disrepair. The station reopened on 12 February 2005 after a US$6 million renovation project largely restored it to original 1899 appearance.[2] After renovations there are now is 5,400 sq ft (500 m2) dedicated to passenger service and another 12,300 sq ft (1,140 m2) available for lease. The Santa Fe Depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

The Santa Fe sign on the Fresno Depot

From its beginning until Amtrak took over nearly all passenger rail service within the United States in 1971, the station was served by ATSF trains, including the famous San Francisco Chief and the Oakland-Barstow line.[7] For the first few years after Amtrak's inception Fresno had no rail service. In 1974 service by Amtrak/Amtrak California's San Joaquin began. Initially, service only included daily service (once in each direction) between Oakland and Bakersfield.[8] Originally, the next northbound stop was Merced, but by 1978 the Storey Train Station was added. (However, under Amtrak that station was known as Madera, rather than Storey.)[9] As the years went by service increased substantially and by 2002 the San Joaquin ran twice daily (in each direction) between Sacramento and Bakersfield and four times daily (in each direction) between Oakland and Bakersfield.[10]


The station is located at 2650 Tulare Street,[1] just off Santa Fe Street, across the street from Fresno City Hall. It is situated in the middle of a rough triangle formed by the three freeways in the city (California State Route 99, California State Route 41, and California State Route 180) and is easily accessible from all three.

Of the 74 California stations served by Amtrak, Fresno was the 11th-busiest, boarding or detraining 377,709 passengers in Fiscal Year 2018.[3] Excluding passengers who are transferring to a Thruway Bus, Fresno has the highest ridership on the San Joaquins service.[11]


The station has an indoor waiting room open from 5:30 am to 10:00 pm daily. Inside the station there is a baggage check service, baggage assistance, and an automatic check-in device. In addition to the ticketing agent, there is a Quik-Trak ticket kiosk. There is also a bathroom and payphone. The station has 11 short term and 98 long term parking spaces.[1]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

The Santa Fe passenger depot has two tracks, but only one side platform sees regular service. Amtrak trains switch onto this track just north or south of the station, leaving the Main Line clear for freight trains. There is a very narrow island platform between the tracks that is occasionally used when Amtrak trains are not able to switch onto the station track. Passengers are not allowed to wait on the island platform.

Notable nearby destinations[edit]


Train platforms[edit]

Main Track  Freight line No regular passenger service
Station Track  San Joaquin toward Oakland or Sacramento (Madera)
 San Joaquin toward Bakersfield (Hanford)

Bus connections[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Fresno, CA (FNO)". Amtrak. Retrieved 6 Jul 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Great American Stations: Fresno, CA (FNO)". Amtrak. Retrieved 6 Jul 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2018, State of California" (PDF). Amtrak. June 2019. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Santa Fe Railroad Depot (1899)". Retrieved 6 Jul 2014. Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination, originally prepared by Dianne E. Seeger
  6. ^ Reiring, Ron (8 Jan 2008). "Fresno, CA. train station". Retrieved 6 Jul 2014.
  7. ^ Bowen, Eric H. "The San Francisco Chief". Retrieved 5 Jul 2014. Information copied from original Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway timetable dated 6 June 1954.
  8. ^ Amtrak (19 May 1974). "All-American Schedules". The Museum of Railway Timetables. p. 50. Retrieved 6 Jul 2014.
  9. ^ Amtrak (8 Jan 1978). "Amtrak National Train Timetables". The Museum of Railway Timetables. p. 46. Retrieved 5 Jul 2014.
  10. ^ Amtrak (29 Apr 2002). "National Timetable: Spring Summer 2002". The Museum of Railway Timetables. p. 59. Retrieved 5 Jul 2014.
  11. ^ "2019 San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority Business Plan Update" (PDF). p. 18. Retrieved December 2, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Fresno station at Wikimedia Commons