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Capitol Corridor registers all-time-high ridership in May

California’s Capitol Corridor intercity passenger-rail service posted its highest ever ridership last month, carrying 141,789 passengers. The total shattered the previous record of 127,572 passengers set a month earlier, according to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA).

And through fiscal-year 2007’s first eight months, ridership is up 13.3 percent and revenue, 21.7 percent compared with the same FY2006 period. CCJPA officials attribute the increases to service improvements made last year and a targeted marketing campaign. The authority now operates 32 daily trains between Sacramento and the bay area, and 14 direct trains to San Jose.

CCJPA manages the 170-mile route; Amtrak handles day-to-day operations, logistics and maintenance.

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