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All aboard the Capitol Corridor Train – well, 300,000 more, anyway

By queen
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 at 3:32 pm in Misc. Transportation.

The Capitol Corridor, Amtrak’s major commuter train service with stops from San Jose to Sacramento, scooped up 17 percent more riders and 24 percent more revenue this year, smashing past records, officials said Tuesday.

That means that 300,000 more people leaped aboard the train this year, breaking the 1.7 million mark, and the company had $23,702,070 in revenue, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority said.

“Despite the economic slowdown and falling gas prices, ridership on Northern California’s Capitol Corridor continues double-digit growth,” CCJPA Chair Forrest Williams said in a statement.

“Ridership and revenue results for the month of October 2008—the first month of the new fiscal year—remain strong even at a time when gasoline prices have fallen dramatically,” Williams said.
This is particularly intriguing because the sour economy is slowing ridership growth on BART, Denis Cuff, my partner in crime at this blog, reported yesterday.

BART ridership increased more than 5 percent for a year until the growth rate slackened three consecutive months — 4.3 percent in August. 4.2 percent in September, and a puny 2.9 percent increase in October as compared with those same months in 2007.

But ridership growth for the Capitol Corridor is roaring full speed ahead, officials said.

(Photo of the Emeryville Capitol Corridor station courtesy of CCJPA.)

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One Response to “All aboard the Capitol Corridor Train – well, 300,000 more, anyway”

  1. former Capricious Commuter Says:

    I hate to be a wet dishrag, and I should also point out that my pessimism has made me wrong on a couple of embarassing occasions, but this can’t last. As a former and regular Capitol Corridor rider, I have to say I’d be driving a lot more now with such low gas prices. It’s very difficult to justify commuting from Davis, for instance, for about $12 a ride, when your gas for that trip is under $5. Of course, if you’re still driving an SUV and not a Honda Civic as I was, you may find wear-and-tear costs will tip the scales in favor of the train. On the other hand, if you’re driving an SUV, you probably don’t give a whit about the environment or national security, so some of the other incentives for riding the train would be negated.

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