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Chico, CA
Chico station-00769.jpg
Chico station in January 2021
Location 450 Orange Street, Chico, California
Coordinates 39°43′24″N 121°50′46″W / 39.7233°N 121.8461°W / 39.7233; -121.8461
Owned by City of Chico
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Bus operators Greyhound Lines
Construction
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code CIC
History
Opened 1870 (Southern Pacific)
April 25, 1982 (Amtrak)
Closed 1957 (SP)
Rebuilt 1892, 1988
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 12,154 Decrease 7.53% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Sacramento Coast Starlight Redding
toward Seattle
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Marysville
(1982-99)
Coast Starlight Redding
toward Seattle
Preceding station Southern Pacific Railroad Following station
Durham
toward Oakland Pier
Shasta Route
Via East Side Sacramento Valley
Vina
toward Portland
Southern Pacific Depot
Location Chico, California, USA
Architectural style Carpenter Gothic
NRHP reference No. 87000001
Added to NRHP January 29, 1987

Chico is a passenger station in the South Campus Neighborhood of Chico, California served by Amtrak. It is located at West Fifth and Orange streets and is used by Amtrak's Coast Starlight service. The station was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1892.

The terminal is partially wheelchair accessible, has an enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public pay phones, free short-term and long-term parking. Trains run between Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles with a northbound and a southbound train departing from the station daily. The Greyhound bus station is also located at Fifth and Orange Streets.

History

Chico station, February 21, 1969
Chico station in 1969

The station was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1892, replacing an older structure built in 1870.

The station was shown in the 1947 film Magic Town when James Stewart's character arrives in the fictional town of Grandview. During his 1952 Vice Presidential campaign, Richard Nixon was talking on the pay phone at the station when he got the news from the campaign headquarters that he would have to respond to the Checkers issue with the 'Checkers speech'.

Passenger rail service to Chico ceased in 1957, but was reactivated when Amtrak rerouted the Coast Starlight to its current alignment in 1982. The city and the Chamber of Commerce saved the current structure from demolition through an agreement with the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1987. That same year, the depot was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Southern Pacific Depot. The building is also home to the Chico Art Center.

While the Butte County Association of Governments has looked in to establishment of weekday bus service from Chico to Sacramento, their plan called for the bus to depart not from the station but rather a park and ride facility on Fir Street. A different North State Intercity Bus route received TIRCP funding in 2018 and will provide weekday feeder service to Sacramento from the Chico station.

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