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Capitol Corridor logs first ridership increase in 13 months


Earlier this week, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority announced that March ridership increased 5.9 percent compared with March 2009 to 133,987 — the first time in 13 months ridership increased on a year-over-year basis.

However, revenue in March still was 2.9 percent below projections, with year-to-date revenue even with 2009, according to the authority.

Ridership on the Pacific Surfliners line was up 7.5 percent in March on a year-over-year basis, while ridership on the San Joaquins line was up 13.2 percent.

Despite small gains, the largest hindrance to ridership growth continues to be the requirement of three Friday furloughs per month for California government employees, authority officials said in a prepared statement.

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