Goldenvoice can now confirm details of the new venture with festival sponsor AMTRAK to create the “Coachella Express.” This one-of-a kind train will transport campers from Los Angeles to the Empire Polo Field and back for this year’s COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL set for Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.
COACHELLA, Amtrak and the city of Indio are working together to create a temporary train platform in Indio; from there concert-goers will be transported via shuttle buses to and from the camping check-in area at the polo field and the temporary station.
“Coachella Express” is FREE of charge and is open to anyone with a camping ticket. Reservations can ONLY be made at www.coachella.com and will be on a first-come, first-served basis effective immediately.
The train will depart Los Angeles’ historic Union Station Thursday, April 24 at 1:30 PM and will return to Los Angeles, leaving Indio Monday, April 28 at 10:30 AM.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve the Coachella weekend,” says Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice. “And this collaboration with Amtrak and the city of Indio is one in an ongoing plan to make a fan’s trip easier. This is a priority for us not only for Coachella but all our festivals.”
The Amtrak collaboration will be one of many special promotions, events, partnerships that the company will implement in the six weeks leading up to Amtrak’s recently announced first annual National Train Day (May 10, 2008). More than just a convenient way to travel, Amtrak is also energy efficient. Traveling by rail contributes less per passenger mile to greenhouse gas emissions than either cars or airplanes. According to U.S. Department of Energy data, Amtrak is 17 percent more efficient than domestic airline travel and 21 percent more efficient than auto travel on a per-passenger-mile basis. When combined with all modes of transportation, passenger railroads emit only 0.2 percent of the travel industry’s total greenhouse gases.
About the Coachella valley Music & Arts Festival:
The acclaimed music festival takes place annually in April at the breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA. Every year music fans from around the world gather to experience COACHELLA’s adventurous mix of iconic headliners and wide-ranging, forward-looking performers. The festival has been described as “The Best American Festival” (ROLLING STONE); “probably the best festival in the world” (England’s NME); “…the Kentucky Derby of rock” and “…the most significant annual pop event in the country” (LOS ANGELES TIMES); and “If outbreaks of promising collegiate rock were on a map…(this) festival would have a pin in most of them” (New York Times).
Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail services to more than 500 destinations in 46 states on a 22,000-mile route system. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com.