Californiaâ€™s Capitol Corridor Month Of May
Ridership, Surges 11% vs. 2007
SACRAMENTO —â€œThe May 2008 Capitol Corridor statistics from Amtrak are again an all-time record high, as are the stats on the stateâ€™s other two corridor services, with the San Joaquins taking a very big leap upward in ridership,â€ reports Capitol Corridor chief executive Eugene Skoropowski.
â€œThere is no doubt that Californians have â€˜discoveredâ€™ (rediscovered?) intercity trains as a real travel option (as noted in the front page Headline of the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, June 2, 2008),â€ wrote Gene in a note to D:F and other infrastructure activists. â€œThe price of gasoline is not hurting ridership, and many folks â€˜are doing the mathâ€™ on the comparative costs of driving versus the train. The train is winning.â€
Performance by Union Pacific has given the Capitol Corridor a better on-time performance than even Amtrakâ€™s own premier Acela Express service on the Northeast Corridor (Acela Express was 83.8% on-time for May 2008, and 84.5% for 8 months YTD).
California Capitol Corridor (May 2008):
157,351 passengers +11.0% vs. 2007, another record for the month, and highest ridership month ever.
Passengers for 8 months YTD: 1,083,261 (8 months YTD: +13.2%)(total riders for the latest 12 months: 1,576,721)
$2,044,424 revenue +21.6% vs. 2007 (8 months YTD: +21.7%)
The farebox recovery revenue-to-cost ratio for May is 62.9%, and the year-to-date revenue-to-cost ratio is about 55%.
The on-time performance delivered to the riders for May was 90.7%, up considerably, with year-to-date on-time at 86.7%, second best in the nation. (Union Pacific performance in May was well over 92%, noted Skoropowksi, in crediting the freight railroad over whose track his trains run.
Pacific Surfliners (May 2008):
262,279 passengers +5.8% vs. 2007
Passengers for 8 months YTD: 1,790,658 (8 months YTD: +4.9%)
$4,346,269 revenue +6.2% vs. 2007 (8 months YTD: +6.1%)
On-time performance for May: 73.8%
YTD on-time: 77.6%
San Joaquins (May 2008):
91,923 passengers +21.2% vs. 2007 (8 months YTD: +12.6%)
Passengers for 8 months YTD: 580,474
$2,686,956 revenue +21.2% vs. 2007 (8 months YTD: +14.1%)
On-time performance for May: 81.4%
YTD on-time: 85.2%
Total California Intercity Corridor Ridership for May 2008: 511,553