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New Charges Set to Debut in Capitol Corridor

April 28, 2021

New environmentally friendly Charger locomotives are being placed in service in the Capitol Corridor in California.

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority said it recently retired two F59 locomotives in favor of the Chargers, which are EPA-certified Tier 4 rated.

The new motive power was funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and co-funded by Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and Placer County Air Pollution Control District through the Carl Moyer Grant Program.

The new units are expected to enter revenue service as early as this week but no later than June 1.

The Chargers were built by Siemens and are said to provide a 90 percent reduction in particulate matter emissions and 80 percent NOx reduction compared to the soon-to-be-retired Tier 2 engines.

The Tier 4 engines are also equipped with electronically controlled, regenerative braking systems that use energy from the traction motors during braking to minimize fuel consumption.

Occupancy Shown for Capitol Corridor Trains

October 10, 2020

Passengers booking travel aboard Amtrak Capitol Corridor trains can now find online an occupancy information tool.

In a news release issued by Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, the tool was described as an effort to provide awareness of how full a given train may be.

The tool uses recent ridership numbers to indicate vacancy rates on individual trains.

“At the moment ridership continues to be low enough to allow for ample social distancing on all of our trains and buses,” Rob Padgette, managing director of the Capitol Corridor.

He added that passenger surveys conducted last summer showed that more passengers are expected to begin riding the trains in the coming months.

Information is also available for connecting bus service between Emeryville, California, and San Francisco.

Pandemic Still Depressing Capitol Corridor Ridership

August 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to depress ridership in California’s Capitol Corridor.

The Capitol Corridors Joint Powers Authority said ridership in July was 18,382 passengers, down 87.5 percent compared with July 2019s count. Revenue fell 87.3 percent to $400,636.

“We continue to operate at 55 percent of pre-COVID-19 service levels and are carefully considering the service level needed for current and near-term projected demand,” CCJPA Executive Director Robert Padgette wrote in a report.

The agency said it is still working on several projects that will allow for expanded service in the future, including the Sacramento to Roseville Third Track and South Bay Connect project, Padgette wrote.

The Capitol Corridor operates between San Jose and Auburn.

Comments Sought on Calif. Line Relocation

July 3, 2020

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority has begun an environmental review of a proposal to change the route of its passenger trains in Northern California.

The proposal is to move trans from the Niles Subdivision of Union Pacific to the UP’s Coast Subdivision.

The project has been dubbed South Bay Connect and proponents say it would create new transbay connections for travelers between the East Bay and destinations on the peninsula,

Currently trains share tracks with UP freight trains.

Public comment on the plan is being accepted through Aug. 13.

The relocation would occurs in southern Alameda County and likely would include improvements to the rail infrastructure to accommodate the shift of rail services.

Latest Amtrak Cuts Include Station Closings

March 21, 2020

Although no Amtrak long distance trains have thus far been spared from service suspensions, they are getting shorter consists.

An online report said the Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited is operating with one P42DC locomotive, one sleeper, one food service car and two coaches.

Some Amtrak station waiting rooms are being temporarily closed.

In a service advisory posted on its website, Amtrak said waiting rooms in Kalamazoo and East Lansing, Michigan, are closed and passengers will not have access to the station restrooms.

The notice said station caretakers will be present to answer questions, provide direction and help operate wheelchair lifts.

Amtrak recommended that rather than waiting outside on the platform that passengers use the Amtrak app or other means to check train status while waiting in their personal vehicles for their train to arrive.

Other stations that are closed include those in Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Altoona and Johnstown.

All Amtrak service has been suspended at those stations.

Other stations that continue to have service but which are closed include Bloomington-Normal, Illlinois; Burlington, Iowa; Dodge City, Kansas, Lincoln, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; Plano, Illinois; St. Petersburg, Florida (Thruway bus service stop)

In the case of the Normal station, passengers will have access to the Uptown Garage and its complimentary one-hour parking.

Garage elevator access will lead only to the street level. Platform access will be from the exterior of the building only.

Customer Service Representatives will be present on the platform 30 minutes before scheduled departure times to continue checked baggage service, unaccompanied minor service and special services.

The service hours at the Gallup, New Mexico, station has been modified. Passengers will have access to the interior of the station for the 30 minutes before the train arrival time.

Additional service suspensions have also been announced.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said that starting March 23 Piedmont Service trains 73, 74, 77, and 78 are suspended.

Piedmonts 75 and 76 will continue to operate as will the New York-Charlotte Carolinian.

In California, Pacific Surfliner service will be cut in half on March 23 and further reduced on March 24.

On March 23, Trains 561, 565, 579, and 593 will operate as scheduled but Trains 569, 573, 583, 591, 595, and 759 are cancelled.

Trains 763 and 777 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Goleta but there will be no service north of Goleta.

Trains 767 and 785 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Los Angeles with no service north of Los Angeles.

Trains 564, 580, and 584 will operate as scheduled but Trains 562, 566, 572, 578, 590, 782, and 792 are cancelled.

Train 796 will operate according to the schedule between Goleta and San Diego but with no service between San Luis Obispo and Goleta.

Effective March 24, scheduled will be further modified and subject to additional change based on ridership and public health conditions.

Trains 759, 561/1761, 565/1565, 569/1569, 573/1573, 583, 591/1591, and 595 are cancelled. Trains 763 and 777 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Goleta with no service north of Goleta.

Trains 767/1767 and 785 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Los Angeles but with no service north of Los Angeles.

Trains 562, 566/1566, 572/1572, 578, 782, 590/1590, and 792 are cancelled.

Train 774 will operate according to the schedule between Los Angeles and San Diego with no service between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles.

Train 796 will operate according to the schedule between Goleta and San Diego with no service between San Luis Obispo and Goleta.

Service to San Luis Obispo will be preserved through limited bus connections from Santa Barbara. The Coast Starlight will also continue serving San Luis Obispo.

In northern California, the San Joaquins Joint Powers Authority, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority and Amtrak have agreed on the following service reductions.

Amtrak San Joaquin service will be suspending the Emeryville and San Francisco Thruway Bus Route (Route 99) on March 21.

Passengers traveling to San Francisco are encouraged to utilize BART via the Richmond Station.

On March 26, Trains 701, 702, 703, 704, 714, and 717 will be suspended and remaining trains will not have lead service attendants or food service.
Train 719 will no longer stop at Richmond because of the BART reduction in hours.

On the east Coast, Amtrak’s Downeaster service will see further service reductions to two roundtrips a day.

On March 21 and 22, Trains 692, 694, 693 and 695 will operate.

Between March 23-27 trains operating will include Nos. 680, 682, 681 and 684.

North of the border, VIA Rail Canada has said the suspension of the Montreal-Halifax Ocean, Toronto-Vancouver Canadian, and Jasper-Prince Rupert service has been extended to May 1.

Effective March 23 Montreal-Senneterre and Montreal-Jonquiere, Quebec, trains will be cut o one round trip per week, as will Sudbury-White River, Ontario, service.

Such an-board and in-station services such as baggage handling and restaurant access will also be curtailed.


Capitol Corridor Set Ridership Record in FY2019

February 19, 2020

Capitol Corridor trains in California reported record ridership in fiscal year 2019.

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, which oversees Amtrak service in Northern California said the trains carried 1,777,136 between Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019.

The previous record was 1.7 million in fiscal year 2018.

CCJPA said that during FY2019 it earned $38 million in revenue a 5 percent increase over the $36.2 million earned in FY2018.

In a news release, CCJPA said it has had five consecutive years of record-breaking ridership and revenue.

In 2019, rider satisfaction also reached 90 percent for the first time since 2012.

The news release said CCJPA is seeking such improvements as upgraded Wi-Fi service later this year.


Student Discount Fares Offered in Capitol Corridor

September 4, 2019

Multiride fares are being offered to California college students by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority.

The fares are part of the Stride On Board rewards program and offer a 25 percent discount for six rides over a one-year period on Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor trains between San Jose and Auburn, California.

Students must present a valid student identification card to receive the discount.

CCJPA said in a news release that students who buy the ticket can also join Stride On Board via mobile application to receive coupons for use on trains in the cafe car, as well as at participating eco-friendly retailers within the CCJPA’s service area.

Among the colleges served by the 170-mile Capitol Corridor route are the University of California, Davis; UC Berkeley; UC Santa Barbara; Santa Clara University; California State University, Chico; Humboldt State University and California Polytechnic State University.

Capitol Corridor Ridership Up 5% in March

May 3, 2019

Ridership in California’s Capitol Corridor was up 5 percent in March and ridership satisfaction was 91 percent, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority said in a news release.

CCJPA said the March increase in ridership was compared with the same month in 2018 and marked an 18-month streak of consecutive year-over-year ridership growth.

The news release attributed the ridership gains to people seeking more affordable housing in areas such as Sacramento as an alternative to San Francisco.

Officials said cross-regional travel within the northern California mega region represents 51 percent of CCJPA’s ridership in the past year.

The news release did not contain specific ridership numbers.

Grant to Help Pay for Capitol Corridor Siding

March 15, 2019

A $1.4 million grant to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority will be used to fund construction of a siding near the Great America-Santa Clara Station.

The project will allow for enhanced Capitol Corridor train service to and from special events at Levi’s Stadium, which adjacent to the station.

The track will also improve service reliability by adding track capacity the CCJPA said.

The grant was awarded by the California State Transportation  Agency from the California State Rail Assistance program.

CCJPA said it will match the grant with $1.9 million of prior authority cost savings for a total of $3.3 million to complete the design and other pre-construction activities for the siding.

“With the opening of Levi’s Stadium just minutes from the Santa Clara-Great America Station in 2014 and our successful implementation of a special schedule for the 2016 Super Bowl, we are uniquely positioned to play an even bigger role in mitigating traffic to and from large-scale events by providing service to patrons beyond our current schedule,” said CCJPA Managing Director David Kutrosky in a statement.

Tunnel Could Enable Amtrak to Serve San Francisco

February 9, 2019

In its nearly 50-history Amtrak has never directly served San Francisco by rail. That may change if a study of building a second Transbay crossing finds it feasible to make it possible for Amtrak to go into the city.

However, that project, if it comes about, is expected to take 20 years and $16 billion to complete.

The idea is to link Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor with San Francisco. The corridor currently operates between Auburn and San Jose.

The proposed second tunnel under San Francisco Bay would end at the Transbay Transit Center.

Capitol Corridor trains would then turn south to serve cities on the Peninsula.

An existing tunnel in operation now serves BART trains.

For now BART is putting together a team of consultants. “The consultancy team will be comprised of people who will do program management and strategic advising on this effort,” said David Kutrosky, Managing Director of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, which oversees Amtrak’s services on the 170-mile Capitol Corridor.

The tunnel could also be used by Caltrain and a proposed high-speed intercity rail network from Los Angeles.

Kutrosky said it’s possible that the new tunnel would only be used by BART.

“We need to do due diligence and full analysis and that’s what we’re doing over the next couple of years,” he said.

At present, Amtrak passengers wanting to reach San Francisco must transfer to BART at Richmond or take a bus or ferry across the Bay.