Amtrak opening …


I just read the article, “City breaks ground on Phase 3,” on page three of the May 27-June 2, 2016, issue of the Martinez Tribune. The article says that the current Amtrak Station opened in 2002. However, it was 2001.

I lived in Walnut Creek at the time. The new station was supposed to open on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. It did not, because the parking lot had not been striped. While I was riding the bus to Martinez on that day, intending to be there for the first day of the new station, I heard about the [9/11] attacks from a passenger who was listening to the radio. Later, after arriving at the old Amtrak Station, I heard more about the attacks.

The station opened on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, and I was there that day. The grand opening celebration was on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, and I was there for that.

– Cliff Sampson


Dear Cliff,

Thanks for your careful eye and excellent memory. We appreciate the information, and have corrected the story in the online edition.

– Erin Clark, Publisher

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