Oxnard, CA (OXN)
Oxnard is home to two large U.S. Navy bases, Port Hueneme and NAS Point Mugu; Hueneme is also the largest commercial port between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
201 East Fourth Street
Oxnard Transportation Center
Oxnard, CA 93030
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 92,805
- Facility Ownership: City of Oxnard
- Parking Lot Ownership: City of Oxnard
- Platform Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
- Track Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The modern 14,000 square foot Oxnard Transportation Center, constructed of brick, was completed in 1987. The former Southern Pacific passenger station on East 5th Street was used by the Coast Starlight until Amtrak moved its facilities to the transportation center.
Although Oxnard is known for its strawberries and lima beans, it is in sugar beets that the town has its contemporary roots. The Spanish came to the area in 1782 to establish the Mission San Buenaventura amongst the Chumash tribes, and the area was used for ranching until the 1850s when American farmers arrived. The Oxnard brothers from Chino came to invest at a time when local farmers were experimenting with planting sugar beets as an alternative to lima beans, as overproduction had driven down lima bean prices. They built a $2 million dollar sugar beet processing factory (their third) which was completed in 1897. It required 500 people to run it, as well as an entire community to support them. A town sprang up overnight.
When it was constructed, the factory was the largest in the world, only to be dwarfed by a Northern California factory a year later. The Oxnard brothers, ironically, never lived in the area, although the town took its name from them in 1898. A railroad spur directly to the factory arrived a year later, boosting the town’s growth. The factory lasted until 1958, when it shut down after 60 years of continuous operation. Originally nine stories tall, with huge twin smokestacks, the factory spread over 75,000 square feet. The 24,000 square-foot 1910 warehouse next to it still stands, but the railroad tracks to it are no longer in use.
Oxnard was, at its beginning, a wild company town, and it was incorporated in 1903 in an effort to gain control of the 17 saloons that served the then 2,200 residents.
The city is also home to two large U.S. Navy bases, Port Hueneme and NAS Point Mugu. The Port of Hueneme is also the largest commercial port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. In the mid-twentieth century the city also developed a new harbor, the Channel Islands Harbor.
It was in Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor that the California Strawberry Festival originated in 1984. The strawberry crop in Ventura County takes up 11,538 acres and produces more than 27 percent of the state’s supply, with the spring peak season production of 10 million pint baskets of strawberries shipped worldwide daily. The fruit takes its name from how it is “strewn” amongst the plant’s leaves in multiple groups.
Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this facility. The Pacific Surfliner service is primarily financed through funds made available by the State of California, Department of Transportation, and is managed by the LOSSAN Joint Powers Authority.
- 125 Short Term Parking Spaces
- 450 Long Term Parking Spaces
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Metrolink Kiosk
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ticket Office
- Wheelchair Lift