Prepare service to Santa Barbara restored; 101 Freeway open so far as Carpinteria

For many travelers, trains may be the best way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara this weekend.

was restored Thursday for the first time since Monday’s deadly rainstorms and mudslides shut service on the tracks between Oxnard and Santa Barbara.

Coast Starlight trains that run between Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and eventually all the way to Seattle have resumed regular service, according to a news release Thursday.

The Pacific Surfliner service, which runs between San Diego and San Luis Obispo, has resumed but on a modified schedule. The route’s Twitter account shows selected trains running behind schedule. (Check for updates .)

Amtrak ThruWay bus service isn’t running because of the closure of the 101 Freeway.

Also, , and airlines are waiving change fees for travelers who were supposed to fly in or out of Santa Barbara Airport (SBA). For example, on American and United, if you were supposed to fly Thursday or Friday, you may change your flight to as late as Monday without paying the fee.

The freeway closure from Highway 150 in Carpinteria to the Milpas Street exit in Santa Barbara is expected to remain in place at least until Monday afternoon.

continue after the slides caused by Tuesday’s rainfall killed 17 people. Eight people remain missing.

Drivers traveling north from L.A. are still advised to take a long detour on Interstate 5 around the slide area in Montecito and parts of Santa Barbara County. You can cut back to the coast on Highways 46 or 166 and travel south to Santa Barbara.

Drivers should monitor Caltrans District 7 () posts on Twitter that have up-to-date information on temporary openings and closures of roads in the area.

Also, Island Packers is ferrying passengers from Ventura Harbor to Santa Barbara Harbor until the 101 Freeway reopens on an emergency basis. It costs $32 for adults each way and takes about an hour and 45 minutes. More details at , .


12:15 p.m.: This story has been updated with information about American, Alaska and United airlines waiving change fees.

This story originally posted at 11:10 a.m.

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