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California intercity corridors post ridership gains in October


California intercity passenger-rail corridors began fiscal-year 2011 the same way they ended FY2010: with strong ridership, revenue and on-time performance figures.

In October, the first month of the new fiscal year, the San Jose-to-Auburn Capitol Corridor registered 141,350 passengers, up 3.1 percent compared with October 2009. Revenue rose 7.2 percent and on-time performance reached 96 percent, according to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority.

On the San Luis Obispo-to-San Diego Pacific Surfliner route, ridership totaled 219,284, up 1.4 percent year over year. Ticket revenue jumped 10.2 percent and on-time performance stood at 83 percent.

Finally, the San Francisco-to-Bakersfield San Joaquin line posted ridership of 76,793, up 2.9 percent vs. October 2009. Revenue shot up 15.6 percent and on-time performance reached 92 percent.

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