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.)