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Capitol Corridor breaks ridership record in FY2012

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) announced yesterday record-breaking ridership and revenue growth during fiscal-year 2012, with more than 1.75 million people riding trains along the corridor.

"Besides experiencing the highest ridership in history of our service, revenue for the year was up 9 percent and we maintained the top spot in the Amtrak system for passenger-rail reliability for the third year in a row," said CCJPA Chairman James Spering in a prepared statement.

Spering attributed the ridership increase in part to rising gas prices, as well as Capitol Corridor's 94 percent on-time performance and passenger amenities, such as free Wi-Fi service and eTicketing.

CCPJA officials also announced a new Bicycle Access Plan, which includes steps to retrofit rail cars to accommodate more bicycles, develop system-wide secure electronic bike storage at rail stations and introduce bicycle rentals at select stations.

The Capitol Corridor has more bike-riding passengers than ever before, authority officials said. Surveys show that riders who bike to and from stations has grown to 10 percent of the customer base.

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