Oakland, CA – Jack London Square Station (OKJ)

Located on Jack London Square, the historic heart of Oakland's port operations, the station opened in 1995. Walls of glass create a bright and airy space for travelers.

Jack London Square Station
245 Second Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Station Hours

Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2020): $5,933,195
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2020): 211,617
  • Facility Ownership: Port of Oakland
  • Parking Lot Ownership: Port of Oakland
  • Platform Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
  • Track Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad

Alex Khalfin
Regional Contact
governmentaffairsoak@amtrak.com
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The Oakland station, standing on the eastern-most corner of Jack London Square, is a modern facility of glass and stone. Fronting a natural estuary leading to San Francisco Bay, Jack London Square was the heart of Oakland’s port operations, linking the industries of shipping and agriculture, and it remains a working waterfront.

Writer Jack London spent much of his boyhood on this waterfront that now bears his name. Here, his youthful adventures as an oyster pirate and sailor inspired stories such as “The Sea-Wolf.” London made notes for future books while sitting at the tables of Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, built in 1883 from the timbers of a whaling ship. Heinhold’s is now a National Literary Landmark.

The Jack London Square station was constructed as a replacement for a facility at 16th and Wood Streets – about two miles to the northwest – that had been opened by the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) in 1912 at the terminus of the transcontinental railroad. Known as the 16th Street Station,  it was designed in the neoclassical style by noted Chicago architect Jarvis Hunt. The main facade, clad in stone, features a trio of monumental arched windows that allow natural light to flood the interior; the center arch also contains the principle entryway into the building.

Following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the building was condemned as unsafe and was closed. The former SP division superintendent’s office in an adjacent structure was used as a passenger waiting room until Amtrak stopped serving the 16th Street Station site on August 21, 1994. All services then shifted to the nearby Emeryville station until the new Jack London Square station opened in May 1995.

In 2005, the 16th Street Station was purchased by the BRIDGE Housing Corporation, a non-profit affordable housing developer. As of the early 2020s, BRIDGE was renting the facility for special events.

Although tribes of the Ohlone people had been established there for thousands of years, Spanish explorers claimed the Oakland area, with the rest of the bay area, for New Spain in 1772. In the early 19th century, the Oakland and East Bay area were deeded to Luís María Peralta for his Rancho San Antonio. In those days, the area was forested with oak trees, thus its later name. Development continued after 1848, when the land was ceded to the United States in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

In 1868, the Central Pacific Railroad (the predecessor to Southern Pacific) constructed the Oakland Long Wharf at Oakland Point, the site of today’s Port of Oakland. The Long Wharf served as both the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad as well as the local commuter trains of the Central Pacific. The Central Pacific also established one of its largest rail yards and servicing facilities in West Oakland which continued to be a major local employer under the Southern Pacific well into the 20th century

Oakland grew in the 20th century into a major industrial city. By the 1920s, it was the home of several industries, including metals, canneries, bakeries, automotive and automobiles, as well as shipbuilding. It also was where the son of General Motors founder William Durant established Durant Field in 1916, which became the site of early postal air service. Notably, the east bay area became home to many war-related industries during World War II. Among these, the Kaiser Shipyards in nearby Richmond were the genesis of today’s giant HMO, Kaiser Permanente, which still maintains its home office in Oakland.

The city has been the origin of other cultural icons: Rocky Road ice cream was invented in Oakland in 1929 by William Dreyer, although he may have been inspired by his partner Joseph Edy’s similar candy creation. The Mai Tai cocktail was first concocted in Oakland in 1944, and became very popular with military and civilian customers at Trader Vic’s in Oakland. Established in 1932, Trader Vic’s was so successful that the restaurant was chosen by the State Department as the official entertainment center for foreign dignitaries attending United Nations meetings in San Francisco. Oakland can count among its notable residents Gertrude Stein, American avant-guard author and art collector, who spent her early years there.

The San Joaquins service is primarily financed through funds made available by the State of California, Department of Transportation, and is managed by the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority. The Capitol Corridor route is primarily financed and operated in partnership with the State of California. It is managed by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), which partners with Amtrak, the Union Pacific Railroad, Caltrans and the communities comprising the CCJPA to continue development of a cost-effective, viable and safe intercity passenger rail service.

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • Payphones
  • Quik-Trak kiosks
  • Ticket sales office
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel allowed
  • Vending Machines

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping not available
  • Checked baggage service available
  • Checked baggage storage available
  • Bike boxes for sale
  • No baggage carts
  • Ski bags for sale
  • Bag storage available
  • Shipping Boxes for sale
  • Baggage assistance provided by Station staff

Parking

  • Same-day parking is available with a fee
  • Overnight parking is available with a fee

Accessibility

  • Payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Accessible same-day parking is available with a fee
  • Accessible overnight parking is available with a fee
  • No high platform
  • Wheelchair available
  • Wheelchair lift available

Hours

Station Hours
Mon06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tue06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wed06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thu06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sun06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Ticket Office Hours
Mon06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tue06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wed06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thu06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sun06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Passenger Assistance Hours
Mon06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tue06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wed06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thu06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat06:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sun06:00 am - 10:30 pm