Monday, August 18, 2008

Amtrak's Capitol Corridor ridership rises 32.6 percent compared to July 2007

Monday, August 18, 2008 - 2:38 PM PDT

Amtrak's Capitol Corridor ridership rises in July

East Bay Business Times
Ridership on Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor between Auburn and San Jose carried 161,731 passengers in July, an increase of 32.6 percent compared to July 2007 -- a significant bump in a month that saw similar increases on other lines throughout the nation.

Nationally, Amtrak ridership in July increased to 2.75 million, nearly a 14 percent increase and marking the most passengers carried in any single month in Amtrak’s 37-year history.

“Increasing fuel prices, highway congestion, airline issues and environmental awareness continue to make intercity passenger rail extremely relevant and popular,” Alex Kummant, president and CEO of Amtrak, said in a statement.

Amtrak said that July ticket revenue rose to $168 million, up 18.6 percent from a year earlier.

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight overnight train service between Seattle and Los Angeles was its most popular overnight train in July with more than 47,000 passengers, a 27.7 percent increase from a year earlier.

Note: Capitol Corridor trains stop in Solano County at the Fairfield/Suisun station allowing for connection to UC Davis in Davis and Emeryville and UC Berkeley.

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