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California intercity ridership up on two routes, down on another in April


Two California intercity passenger-rail services posted ridership gains in April, while ridership dropped on a third route, according to the Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority.

Ridership on the Oakland-Sacramento-Bakersfield San Joaquins service totaled 79,108, a 15.8 percent jump compared with April 2008 figures. Ridership for fiscal-year 2009's first seven months rose 6.5 percent. In April, revenue increased 10.8 percent to $2.2 million and on-time performance averaged 92.8 percent.

On the San Diego-to-San Luis Obispo Pacific Surfliner, monthly ridership rose 2.7 percent to 219,229, although fiscal year-to-date ridership dropped 6.9 percent. Monthly revenue shot up 17.4 percent and on-time performance averaged 83 percent.

April ridership on the Auburn-to-San Jose Capitol Corridor dropped 4.6 percent to 138,623 passengers. However, the rate of decline is half of what it was in March, according to the authority and year-to-date ridership still remained up 1.3 percent. Ticket revenue rose 6.6 percent in April to $1.9 million and on-time performance averaged 95.9 percent.

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