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Alameda Corridor: Train count falls to lowest monthly mark in more than two years

The tail end of the fall peak didn't help drive up train traffic on California's Alameda Corridor in November. Only 1,356 trains used the key 20-mile intermodal route between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and downtown L.A. — the lowest monthly total so far in 2007 and lowest November level since 2003, the corridors' first full year of operation, when the route registered 1,243 trains.

The previous low in 2007, 1,442 trains, occurred in February, according to Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority data. The last time traffic yielded a lower mark than November's: February 2005, when 1,322 trains used the corridor.

The route averaged 45.2 trains per day in November compared with October's 48.4, September's 49.1, August's 49.0, July's 50.2, June's 51.3 and May's 50.6 average.

Through November, 16,497 trains traversed the corridor, keeping traffic well below last year's record pace. On the way to an annual total of 19,924 trains, the corridor logged 18,389 trains between January and November 2006.

The highest monthly total in 2007 occurred in May, when 1,568 trains used the route. Last year, four months surpassed the 1,800 mark.

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