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Last `Freedom Train' To Make Its Final Trip In California

Paul Sakuma / AP

Allen Elliot, of Sunnyvale, Calif., foreground, holds up a sign after getting off the "Freedom Train" in downtown San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 19, 2004.

Paul Sakuma / AP

(AP) - The last of the nation's "Freedom Trains" paying homage to Martin Luther King Jr. is set to make its final trip in California after 30 years of operation.

Caltrain, a commuter rail service along the San Francisco Peninsula, says the last chartered "Freedom Train" ride is scheduled to depart from San Jose to San Francisco Monday morning.

The train service was among more than two dozen "Freedom Trains" launched nationwide by Coretta Scott King to commemorate the march her husband led from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama 50 years ago this march. Scott chose the San Jose-to-San Francisco route because the distance between the two cities is roughly equivalent to the 54 miles traveled by the marchers.

Organizers say they're ending the ride because of declining ticket sales.

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