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Capitol Corridor's February ridership reached record


Bad weather, an improving economy and higher gasoline prices helped boost Capitol Corridor's February ridership by 13.5 percent to 125,201 riders.

Ridership set a monthly record, Capitol Corridor officials said in a prepared statement, adding that for the second consecutive month, the corridor posted double-digit increases without offering special discounts.

Revenue for the intercity California passenger-rail service rose 16 percent to $2 million compared with February 2010. On-time performance for the month was 96 percent.

Capitol Corridor, which is operated by Amtrak over Union Pacific Railroad track, is the third-busiest route in the nation, with ridership of 1.63 million during the past 12 months, Capitol Corridor officials said.

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