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Pandemic hammers Capitol Corridor's ridership levels

The Capitol Corridor operates between San Jose and Auburn, California.
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The Capitol Corridor passenger-rail service in California last month continued to log ridership levels far below average due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, the Capitol Corridor carried 18,382 passengers, down 87.5 percent from July 2019's count. Revenue fell 87.3 percent to $400,636, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) officials said in a monthly performance report.

"We continue to operate at 55 percent of pre-COVID-19 service levels and are carefully considering the service level needed for current and near-term projected demand," CCJPA Executive Director Robert Padgette wrote. "We are committed to balancing available funds while meeting the ridership demand."

Still, the agency is making planning and design progress on several projects that will allow for expanded service in the future, including the Sacramento to Roseville Third Track and South Bay Connect project, Padgette wrote.

The Capitol Corridor operates between San Jose and Auburn.

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