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Amtrak Surfliner to Santa Barbara is a hot ticket following 101 closure

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
Katherine Garrova

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Several miles of the 101 freeway remain closed in the Montecito area following last week's devastating mudslides. One of the only ways to get to Santa Barbara right now is by train. Take Two went to Union Station yesterday and talked with some of the people taking the Amtrak Surfliner up the coast. Here's what they had to say:

We couldn't get him home during the fires. I had to pull him out of school. They drove through burning fires on both sides of the freeway. We got him home. Then he went back and then the 101 closed, so he had to take the ferry home and then he had to take the train back. It's a little nerve wracking to have your kid stranded in the middle of fires and mudslides. -- Cynthia Mort, of Los Angeles, whose son was taking Amtrak to get back to UC-Santa Barbara

We came down to LA to buy a van, and we got a van, but with the roads closed, the only way for us  to get it up there was to drive up and around. My father in law lives down here, so it's still down here, but I've got to get back to work. I missed work today. -- Tyler Miller, of Santa Barbara

I go to UCSB. I was here just on vacation, but you know how the mud slides are affecting the roads. This is the easiest way to get back, so I was supposed to catch the train yesterday but it was all sold out. I actually have class at 3, so I don't know if I'm going to make it. -- Roberto Chavez, of Santa Barbara

We had a doctor's appointment at Children's Hospital and we had to get down for it, so we had to take the train. We came down last week and ended up having to drive back the long way around because the freeways were closed. It's busy. We had no problem coming down. We could do business class on the way down, but it might be different going back. I heard it's standing room only. -- Alyssa Simonsen, of Goleta