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12/13/2012


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Capitol Corridor posted slight decline in November ridership



A 2.5 percent drop in Thanksgiving weekend ridership resulted in a 1.8 percent year-over-year decrease in total ridership for the Capitol Corridor in November, according to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority.

But the authority's other two services posted gains. November ridership on Pacific Surfliner increased 7 percent to 222,633, while ticket revenue increased 17 percent and on-time performance was 86 percent. On the San Joaquin service, ridership jumped 13.7 percent to 108,810, while ticket revenue soared 10.8 percent and and on-time performance was 89 percent.

Although Capitol Corridor ridership slipped, the route's service performance statistics were at or above thresholds for the month, authority officials said in a prepared statement.
 
November revenue grew 4.6 percent to $2.8 million compared with a year ago, setting a record for monthly revenue. In addition, the system operating ratio was 50 percent and on-time performance reached 94 percent.

Still, ridership for the first two months of fiscal-year 2013 dipped 1 percent compared with the first two months of FY2012.

"The Capitol Corridor team will be focusing on reducing third party and Amtrak mechanical delays, advancing safety projects (fences and PTC installation), and improving customer satisfaction with enhanced amenities and improved access," said David Kutrosky, the authority's managing director.

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