Guaranteed connection for a late thruway bus

Old Jun 8, 17, 7:46 am
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Guaranteed connection for a late thruway bus

I'm contemplating taking the Thruway bus (3912) from San Jose to connect with the San Joaquins train (712) in Stockton.

The transfer time is 17 minutes, which has me a concerned if the bus hits traffic on the way to Stockton.

Will the train wait for the Thruway bus? Or will it leave without me forcing a wait for the next train (714)?
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Old Jun 8, 17, 4:37 pm
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Originally Posted by ENOTTY View Post
I'm contemplating taking the Thruway bus (3912) from San Jose to connect with the San Joaquins train (712) in Stockton.

The transfer time is 17 minutes, which has me a concerned if the bus hits traffic on the way to Stockton.

Will the train wait for the Thruway bus? Or will it leave without me forcing a wait for the next train (714)?
It is a guaranteed connection.

One of three things will happen:

1) Amtrak will hold the train until the bus arrives
2) The bus will continue past Stockton to the next station and meet up with the train (road travel is usually faster than the train, though the San Joaquins does maintain a pretty fast operation due to the straight, flat trackage)
3) Typically this only applies to once-a-day trains where an overnight would be required, but Amtrak would provide accommodations for you while you wait for the next train.

In all likelihood, though, the bus will not only meet the train on time, it will likely be early. My experience with Thruway connections is that they leave a lot of padding in them, and buses almost always arrive well before the scheduled arrival.
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Old Jun 8, 17, 5:30 pm
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This is good to hear, thanks.
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