Train ridership spikes as gas prices rise

By March 11, 2011

To avoid pain at the pump, thousands of Northern California travelers ditched their cars to ride Capitol Corridor trains in February.

Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority officials announced a 14 percent increase in ridership when comparing February’s ridership to the same period last year.

“As gas prices skyrocket, more travelers are riding our trains,” CCJPA Chair Bob Franklin said in a news release. “This huge spike in ridership is similar to the increase we experienced in 2008, when gas prices soared to the $4 mark.”

The Capitol Corridor serves 16 stations along the 170-mile rail corridor from Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties to the Bay Area. An extensive, dedicated motorcoach network provides bus connections to the train. Together, these systems serve the second-largest urban service area in the western United States.

In July 1998, the management of the service was transferred to the CCJPA, which oversees the service with day-to-day management and staff support from San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). The CCJPA partners with Amtrak, Union Pacific Railroad, Caltrans and the communities comprising the CCJPA to offer cost-effective intercity passenger rail service. For more information, visit http://capitolcorridor.org.

Enterprise staff

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