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Amtrak California routes recorded ridership dip in April

Capitol Corridor's ridership through April dropped 3.6 percent compared with 2012, when the Amtrak California service posted record ridership.

Despite the decline, other performance measures held steady, with revenue through April up 0.5 percent; the system operating ratio at the business plan standard of 52 percent; and on-time performance at 95 percent — and improving, Capitol Corridor Joint Power Authority (CCJPA) officials said in a prepared statement.

In April, Capitol Corridor ridership dipped 1.8 percent and revenue fell 5.3 percent versus April 2012 levels.

"The CCPJA team, working with our service partners, has achieved progress in improving service reliability and continues to reinvent in safety initiatives along the route while also moving ahead on completing the pre-development work for the service expansion projects and introducing customer enhancement initiatives," authority officials said.

On other Amtrak California lines: Pacific Surfliner ridership fell 2.4 percent last month, but was up 3.2 percent through April. Revenue declined 6.9 percent for the month, but rose 3.2 percent through April. On the San Joaquin route, ridership plummeted 8 percent for the month, but increased 6.2 percent through April, while revenue plunged 14.7 percent last month and rose 2.7 percent through April.

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