The Amtrak train station in Martinez is pictured on May 30, 2021. Contra Costa County health authorities are working to determine the source of a mercury spill outside the station this week that has contaminated multiple streets in the vicinity. (Dan McMenamin/Bay City News)

Capitol Corridor train service is increasing starting next week, including a return to pre-pandemic service frequency between Oakland and San Jose, the rail agency announced Wednesday.

The new schedule for the service that runs between the South Bay and the Sacramento area takes effect Monday and includes an increase from 16 to 22 weekday trips, from 10 to 18 weekend trips, and returns to the pre-pandemic frequency of 14 trips daily between Oakland and San Jose.

Cafe Car service will resume with a limited menu, and Capitol Corridor will have improved connections with BART from the Richmond station, according to the rail agency.

“The schedule we are introducing on June 7 is a big deal. We look forward to supporting California’s efforts to fully reopen on June 15 and welcoming new and seasoned riders,” Capitol Corridor managing director Rob Padgette said in a news release, saying the agency has “the confidence to move forward with a substantial service increase given growing ridership demand and available budget resources.”

More information about the new train schedule can be found at

Dan McMenamin is the managing editor at Bay City News, directing daily news coverage of the 12-county greater Bay Area. He has worked for BCN since 2008 and has been managing editor since 2014 after previously serving as BCN’s San Francisco bureau reporter. A UC Davis graduate, he came to BCN after working for a newspaper and nonprofit in the Davis area. He handles staffing, including coaching of our interns, day-to-day coverage decisions and management of the newswire.