From A Contributed Report, The Sentinel; October 1, 2020
STOCKTON — Beginning Monday, station lobbies serving the Amtrak San Joaquins in the cities of Hanford (HNF), Fresno (FNO), Merced (MCD) and Modesto (MOD) will reopen with new hours of operation, providing the ability for passengers to once again buy tickets in person, check bags, and await their connections indoors. These services are important to service operations during the colder months and busy holiday travel season.
In late March, as the state was beginning to implement severe restrictions on non-essential travel, the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA), managers of the Amtrak San Joaquins, implemented a revised schedule and suspended non-essential portions of the service. In order to focus resources and preserve essential travel functions, station lobbies at select stations were temporarily closed, while others operated with reduced staff and hours. More recently, these changes included adjustments to the Thruway Bus network.