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Capitol Corridor statistics for December, 2014

From David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

December 2014 marks the ninth consecutive month of ridership and revenue
increases for the Capitol Corridor. The Capitol Corridor trains carried
116,309 passengers in December 2014, a 4.1% increase compared to December
2013, with revenue increasing by 0.8% compared to December 2013. With year
to-date (YTD) revenue 5.5% above projections, and expenses below budget
(especially fuel prices), the YTD Operating Ratio currently is at 55%
compared to 51% at this time last year.

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On-Time Performance (OTP) for December 2014 slipped to the state standard
of 90%, the lowest level of reliability since March 2010. While prior
issues surrounding mechanical delays were resolved and stabilized, there
were extensive delays from third party events [namely trespassing delays
incurred from protestors in early and mid-December and severe weather
impacts in late December] that resulted in a 300% increase in late trains.
Despite these delays, YTD OTP for the Capitol Corridor is 92%, and remains
on top of the leader board in the Amtrak national system.

Using the most recent monthly report provided by Amtrak (November 2014),
the following data is available for train and station segments:

? Ridership for weekday trains was up 6%, with continued growth to and
from the Silicon Valley/San Jose. See the attached tables below for
station city-pairs and station activity.
? Weekend ridership was flat and unchanged.
? The embedded table below shows the decrease in OTP to 93% for the
Capitol Corridor trains in November 2014. This drop in OTP is primarily
attributed to mechanical problems with the train equipment during the
Thanksgiving holiday week. These mechanical issues have been addressed by Amtrak and
CCJPA mechanical staff, and such mechanical delays have been reducing in
frequency and duration in the months of December 2014 and January 2015.

Customer Service Program Upgrades:

? Bicycle Access Program: Using the available rolling stock, CCJPA
has worked with Amtrak to ensure that there are, in most cases, two cars
with extra bicycle capacity on selected trainsets (in the cab car, opposite
the locomotive and in
the car # 2 positions.) This on-board program was instituted in
response to the growing number of passengers who board Capitol Corridor
trains with a bicycle – an increase from 5% mode share four years ago, to
11% today.

To provide additional bike capacity, consistent with the adopted
CCJPA Bicycle Access Plan, in February 2015 the CCJPA will officially kick
off the process to install bicycle eLockers at 13 of the 17 stations
Capitol Corridor serves.
(Exceptions being joint Capitol Corridor/BART stations and
Caltrain stations, which already have bike lockers.) The eLocker
installation will occupy about a one-year effort. Once eLockers gain
momentum, the CCJPA will begin the more
complicated process of implementing a folding bicycle lease
program to further reduce on-train bicycle crowding and/or induce more
convenient and safe Capitol Corridor travel with bicycle access as the
first/last-mile portion of the trip.
· Improvements to CCJPA Train Status Feature on Website: A vendor
is now under contract to implement upgrades to the train status feature on
the CCJPA website and via mobile app. CCJPA staff is coordinating with
Amtrak to set up the data stream. Testing will be underway soon, and it is
anticipated that implementation will happen by March 2015.
· New Passenger Fare Discounts: In February/March 2015, Capitol
Corridor will introduce three fare discounts aimed at increasing off-peak
ridership. The fare discounts are as follows: Take 5 for weekend and
holiday weekend travel, Friends & Family small group discount available every day, and a senior
Midweek discount. Marketing for these discounts will begin in late
February/early March of 2015.

Safety Initiatives

? Security Cameras at Capitol Corridor Stations: With initial
engineering design complete, the installation of camera and surveillance
equipment at the Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Suisun, Martinez,
Emeryville, Oakland Jack London, and Fremont stations will begin when funding is secured.

? Platform Safety Upgrades: In early 2014, CCJPA and Amtrak staff
initiated a program of safety access upgrades at selected Capitol
Corridor train stations. The upgrades include, but are not limited to,
replacing broken platform tactile edges, repainting platform tactile edges, restriping yellow safety lines
along the main platform, repainting safety text along platforms, and
installing safety signs. In May 2014, upgrades were completed at the
Davis station, followed by work completed in July 2014 at the Roseville, Suisun, Berkeley, and Fremont
stations. Now these safety upgrades have begun at the Santa Clara/Great
America, Hayward, Oakland-Coliseum, Richmond, Rocklin, and Auburn
stations.

? Positive Train Control Update: The Union Pacific’s plan for PTC
implementation remains the same in that the Los Angeles basin will be
first, with the Northern California area following. Initial reports are
that the implementation of PTC in the LA Basin has been delayed to the third quarter of 2015, putting PTC
installation on the Capitol Corridor route sometime after the fourth
quarter of 2015, or perhaps later. Installation of the PTC equipment on
the state-owned locomotives and cab control cars is complete, with all locomotives and cab cars
equipped. A schedule will be developed with Caltrain and Union Pacific
Railroad to test state-owned PTC-installed Capitol Corridor trains in
Caltrain and Union Pacific territory once the PTC trackside equipment is installed and ready for
testing.

Project Updates

? CCJPA Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project: The first task has begun for
this project with surveying and conceptual design for the extensions of
the double track in the segment between the Fremont and Santa
Clara/University stations. The goal of this work will be to increase service frequencies between
Oakland and San Jose.

? Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
Engineering: A Notice of Preparation (NOP) as part of the environmental
documentation compliance process with the California Environmental
Quality Act (CEQA) for the project was completed, and the project team is now performing
the environmental analysis for the preparation of the respective CEQA
and NEPA environmental documents. Staff will continue discussions with
the affected resource agencies and the cities of Roseville and Sacramento. Additional
phases of stakeholder engagement, as well as public meetings, are on
schedule for release of the draft EIR/EA in late winter 2015, leading
toward CEQA adoption of the EIR in November 2015 by the CCJPA Board. NEPA approval will be subject to
the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Outlook – Closing
With the completion of the first quarter of FY 2015, the Capitol Corridor
performance is capitalizing on the continued increases in ridership [+4.8%] and revenues [+6.6%]. The actual results exceed all performance standards
(ridership, system operating ratio and OTP) for the first quarter of FY
2015 (October – December 2014). The CCJPA will be entering into the budget
planning season and will be hosting workshops on the release of the draft
Capitol Corridor Business Plan Update for FY 2015-16 – FY 2016-17 during
the week January 20-23 (see the link:
http://www.capitolcorridor.org/about_ccjpa/business_plan.php . This
business plan presents the operating strategies, marketing plans, and
capital program to meet near-term budget guidelines, implement promotional
initiatives that will retain and grow market share, and lay out a program
of projects and enhancements (both short-range and long-term) that will
expand and enhance the Capitol Corridor as the preferred transport
alternative in Northern California.

The CCJPA has been working with various passenger rail organizations over
the last few months on the 3rd annual California Passenger Rail Summit. In
2015, the events for this Summit will be held in Sacramento with an evening
welcoming reception on Tuesday April 28 and a full-day program on
Wednesday, April 29.

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CA Rail Statistics

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (FY 2014 and October, 2014)

From DAVID B. KUTROSKY, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

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Service Performance Overview

FY2014 Projected Results
The Capitol Corridor finished the FY 2014 on a high note. In September
2014, a total of 119,034 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains, an
impressive increase of 7.6% compared to September 2013, representing six
straight months of ridership increases for the service. Revenue for
September was an equally impressive 8.8% over revenue in September 2013.
The year to-date (YTD) Operating Ratio is 50%, below the business plan
standard of 53% due to revenues being budget projections. While September
2014 On-time Performance (OTP) dropped to 93% primarily due to en route and
terminal delays from mechanical malfunctions and failures, the YTD OTP for
the Capitol Corridor is 95%, maintaining Capitol Corridor as the most
reliable service in the Amtrak system for the fifth year in a row.

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Provided below are tables that show (1) detailed city-pair data for the top
25 city-pair stations for FY 2014 (Oct 2013 – Sept 2014) and (2) Detailed
data OTP by train is provided below for FY 2014, which illustrates the
overall superior reliability of the Capitol Corridor service all trains
operating at a minimum of 90% OTP, except for the notable exceptions of
weekend train 748, which tend to be delayed by road vehicles that get
high-centered on the tracks running through the Oakland Embarcadero.

October 2014 Results
Performance results for October 2014 (the start of FY 2015) continued the
positive trend from the latter half of FY 2014. A total of 131,730
passengers rode the Capitol Corridor trains in October 2014, representing a
4.7% increase over October 2013. Revenue was up an extraordinary 11.0%
compared to October 2013, which placed the Operating Ratio at 50%, above
the standard of 47%. On-time Performance (OTP) for October 2014 slipped to
92% due to extensive mechanical delays in the first half of October 2014.

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The service performance for the Capitol Corridor for October 2014 excelled
in all categories except for one – on-time performance which slipped from
the 95%-96% range to 92%. The main culprit is clear: extensive mechanical
delays either en-route or cancellations at initial terminal stations
accounted for 34% of all late Capitol Corridor trains in October 2014.
Historically, late trains from mechanical incidents or delays are typically
half [17%] of what Capitol Corridor passengers experienced in October 2014.
The good news is that Amtrak management working with CCJPA mechanical staff
have implemented changes to the frequency of training, improved
communications and protocols between work shifts, and revised train
readiness standards. These changes have significantly reduced the
mechanical delays in the second half of October 2014 that have carried
forward into November 2014.

Customer Service Program Upgrades:
· CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: Using the available rolling stock, CCJPA
has worked with Amtrak to ensure that there are in most cases two cars
on selected trainsets (in the cab car, opposite the locomotive, and car
# 2 positions), with extra bicycle capacity. This on-board program was
instituted in response to the growing number of passengers who board
Capitol Corridor trains with a bicycle – an increase from 5% mode share
four years ago to 11% today.

To provide additional bike capacity, consistent with the adopted CCJPA
Bicycle Access Plan, the CCJPA is seeking an allocation of $556,000 at
the October 2014 California Transportation Commission (CTC) meeting to
install bicycle eLockers at 13 of the 17 stations Capitol Corridor
serves. (Exceptions being joint Capitol Corridor/BART stations and
Caltrain stations, which already have bike lockers.) Concurrently, the
CCJPA is working to implement a folding bicycle lease program to further
reduce on-train bicycle crowding and/or induce more convenient and safe
Capitol Corridor travel with bicycle access as the first/last mile
portion of the trip.

· Improvements to CCJPA Train Status Feature on Website: A vendor is now
under contract to implement upgrades to the train status feature on the
CCJPA website and via mobile app. It is anticipated that these initial
updates will be tested by the end of November 2014 with full
implementation by February 2015.

Safety Initiatives
· Security Cameras at Capitol Corridor Stations: With initial engineering
design complete, the installation of camera and surveillance equipment
at the Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Suisun, Martinez, Emeryville, Oakland
Jack London, and Fremont stations will begin.

· Platform Safety Upgrades: In early 2014, CCJPA and Amtrak staff
initiated a program of safety access upgrades at selected Capitol
Corridor train stations. The upgrades include, but are not limited to,
replacing broken platform tactile edges, repainting platform tactile
edges, restriping yellow safety lines along the main platform,
repainting safety text along platforms, and installing safety signs. In
May 2014, upgrades were completed at the Davis station followed by work
completed in July 2014 at the Roseville, Suisun, Berkeley, and Fremont
stations. The next stations to receive safety upgrades will be Santa
Clara/Great America, Hayward, Oakland-Coliseum, Richmond, and Auburn.

· Positive Train Control Update: The Union Pacific’s plan for PTC
implementation remains the same in that the Los Angeles basin will be
first, with the Northern California area following. Initial reports are
that the implementation of PTC in the LA Basin has been delayed to the
third quarter 2015, putting PTC installation on the Capitol Corridor
route sometime after the fourth quarter of 2015, or perhaps later. A
recent report by the Government Accounting Office has suggested that PTC
installation could be delayed further by a variety of technical and
administrative challenges. However, the recent serious accident on the
Metro North commuter railroad in New York has renewed the visibility of
the PTC installation project.

Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned locomotives and cab
control cars is complete, with all locomotives and cab cars equipped. A
schedule will be developed with Caltrain to test state-owned
PTC-installed Capitol Corridor trains in Caltrain territory once the PTC
trackside equipment on the Caltrain route is installed and ready for
testing.

Project Updates
· CCJPA Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project: The first task has begun for
this project with surveying and conceptual design for the extensions of
the double track in the segment between Fremont to Santa
Clara/University stations. This work does not include the five-mile
section of single track in the Alviso wetlands area. This effort is
continuing in parallel with discussions including UPRR and the
California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).

· Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
Engineering: A Notice of Preparation (NOP), as part of the environmental
documentation compliance process with the California Environmental
Quality Act (CEQA) for the project, was completed and the project team
is now performing the environmental analysis for the preparation of the
respective CEQA and NEPA environmental documents. Staff will continue
discussions with the affected resource agencies and the cities of
Roseville and Sacramento. Additional phases of stakeholder engagement,
as well as public meetings, are on schedule for release of the draft
EIR/EA in late winter 2015, leading toward CEQA adoption of the EIR in
November 2015 by the CCJPA Board. NEPA approval will be subject to the
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Outlook – Closing
For FY 2014, the Capitol Corridor service performance improved over the
last six months of the fiscal year with ridership and revenue increasing by
3% and 2%, respectively, compared to the same six-month period in FY 2013.
FY 2014 also represented the fifth consecutive year that the Capitol
Corridor was the most reliable train service in the national intercity
passenger rail network. This high OTP has parlayed into the highest
customer satisfaction levels in the history of the service. Credit goes to
our host railroads, Union Pacific Railroad and Caltrain, and our operating
partner, Amtrak, for their commitment to make the Capitol Corridor a safe,
frequent, reliable, and high-quality transport service.

With positive service results in October 2014, the Capitol Corridor is
setting the foundation for another solid year of superior performance in FY
2015. Staff will continue to focus on: (1) implementing customer
service/security initiatives and upgrades to improve operational
performance; (2) completing pre-development work for the service expansion
projects (San Jose/Salinas, Placer County); and (3) prepare advocacy
strategies to secure capital grant funds to construct these service
expansion projects.

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CA Rail Statistics

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (September, 2014)

Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Service Performance Overview
The Capitol Corridor ended FY 2014 with a bang. In September 2014, a total
of 119,034 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains, an impressive increase
of 7.6% compared to September 2013, which also marks the sixth consecutive
month of ridership increases for the service. Revenue for September was
2.4% over revenue in September 2013. The year to-date (YTD) Operating Ratio is 50%, below the business plan standard of 53% due to revenues being
budget projections. While September 2014 On-time Performance (OTP) dropped to 93% primarily due to en route and terminal delays from mechanical
malfunctions and failures, the YTD OTP for the Capitol Corridor is 95%,
maintaining Capitol Corridor as the most reliable service in the Amtrak
system for the fifth year in a row.

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The following are ridership highlights from September 2014:
– Similar to August 2014, average weekend ridership for September 2014 was
up by 11% compared to weekend ridership in September 2013. This spectacular growth was primarily due to heavy ridership on trains serving the regular season 49ers games at the new Levi’ s Stadium, which is adjacent to the Great America/Santa Clara Station.
– Average weekday ridership was up by 4% compared to September 2013, which was primarily due to continued growth in ridership for the trains traveling
to and from San Jose/Silicon Valley and a recent upswing in ridership on
the two trains serving the Placer County stations.
– Detailed data for the top 25 city-pair stations through August is
provided below.
– Detailed data OTP by train is provided below for August 2014 and YTD FY
2014 (Oct. 2013 – Aug. 2014). This table illustrates the overall superior
reliability of the Capitol Corridor service with most trains operating at a
minimum of 90% OTP, except for the notable exceptions of weekend trains 748
and 751, which tend to be delayed by road vehicles that get high-centered
on the tracks running through the Oakland Embarcadero.

Customer Service Program Upgrades:
* CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: Using the available rolling stock, CCJPA
has worked with Caltrans Rail and Amtrak to ensure that there are in most
cases two cars on selected trainsets (in the cab car, opposite the
locomotive, and car # 2 positions), with extra bicycle capacity. This
on-board program was instituted in response to the growing number of
passengers who board Capitol Corridor trains with a bicycle – an increase
from 5% mode share four years ago to 11% today.

To provide additional bike capacity, consistent with the adopted CCJPA
Bicycle Access Plan, the CCJPA is seeking an allocation of $556,000 at the
October 2014 California Transportation Commission (CTC) meeting to install
bicycle eLockers at 13 of the 17 stations Capitol Corridor serves.
(Exceptions being joint Capitol Corridor/BART stations and Caltrain
stations, which already have bike lockers.) Concurrently, the CCJPA is
working to implement a folding bicycle lease program to further reduce
on-train bicycle crowding and/or induce more convenient and safe Capitol
Corridor travel with bicycle access as the first/last mile portion of the
trip.

* Improvements to CCJPA Train Status Feature on Website: A vendor is now
under contract to implement upgrades to the train status feature on the
CCJPA website. It is anticipated that these initial updates will be tested
by the end of November 2014. The first element will be a visual map display
of train status.

Safety Initiatives
* Security Cameras at Capitol Corridor Stations: With initial engineering
design complete, the installation of camera and surveillance equipment at
the Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Suisun, Martinez, Emeryville, Oakland Jack
London, and Fremont stations will begin.

* Platform Safety Upgrades: In early 2014, CCJPA and Amtrak staff initiated
a program of safety access upgrades at selected Capitol Corridor train
stations. The upgrades include, but are not limited to, replacing broken
platform tactile edges, repainting platform tactile edges, restriping
yellow safety lines along the main platform, repainting safety text along
platforms, and installing safety signs. In May 2014, upgrades were
completed at the Davis station followed by work completed in July 2014 at
the Roseville, Suisun, Berkeley, and Fremont stations. The next stations to
receive safety upgrades will be Santa Clara/Great America, Hayward,
Oakland-Coliseum, Richmond, and Auburn.

* Positive Train Control Update: The Union Pacific’s plan for PTC
implementation remains the same in that the Los Angeles basin will be
first, with the Northern California area following. Initial reports are
that the implementation of PTC in the LA Basin has been delayed to the
third quarter 2015, putting PTC installation on the Capitol Corridor route
sometime after the fourth quarter of 2015, or perhaps later. A recent
report by the Government Accounting Office has suggested that PTC
installation could be delayed further by a variety of technical and
administrative challenges. However, the recent serious accident on the
Metro North commuter railroad in New York has renewed the visibility of the
PTC installation project.

Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned locomotives and cab
control cars is complete, with all locomotives and cab cars equipped. A
schedule will be developed with Caltrain to test state-owned PTC-installed
Capitol Corridor trains in Caltrain territory once the PTC trackside
equipment on the Caltrain route is installed and ready for testing.

Project Updates
* CCJPA Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project: The first task has begun for this
project with surveying and conceptual design for the extensions of the
double track in the segment between Fremont to Santa Clara/University
stations. This work does not include the five-mile section of single track
in the Alviso wetlands area. This effort is continuing in parallel with
discussions including UPRR and the California State Transportation Agency
(CalSTA).

* Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
Engineering: A Notice of Preparation (NOP), as part of the environmental
documentation compliance process with the California Environmental Quality
Act (CEQA) for the project, was completed and the project team is now
performing the environmental analysis for the preparation of the respective
CEQA and NEPA environmental documents. Staff will continue discussions with the affected resource agencies and the cities of Roseville and Sacramento.
Additional phases of stakeholder engagement, as well as public meetings,
are on schedule for release of the draft EIR/EA in late winter 2015,
leading toward CEQA adoption of the EIR in November 2015 by the CCJPA
Board. NEPA approval will be subject to the Federal Railroad Administration
(FRA).

Outlook – Closing
For FY 2014, the Capitol Corridor service performance improved over the
last six months of the fiscal year with ridership and revenue increasing by
3% and 2%, respectively, compared to the same six-month period last fiscal
year. With record OTP for this fiscal year, the Capitol Corridor remains
the most reliable train service in the national intercity passenger rail
network, which has kept customer satisfaction levels at the highest levels
in the history of the service. Credit goes to our host railroads, Union
Pacific Railroad and Caltrain, and our operating partner, Amtrak, for their
continued dedication to making the Capitol Corridor a safe, frequent,
reliable, and high-quality transport service.

In fact, research and surveys have shown that the Capitol Corridor trains
are becoming a primary travel choice for Northern Californians and grabbing
a larger share of the travel market along the congested I-80/I-880/I-680
highway corridors.

Looking forward, in FY 2015 new public transportation funding opportunities
should begin to matriculate thanks to the enactment of the Cap and Trade
legislation earlier in June 2014. The CCJPA will develop project plans that
meet the guidelines for these Cap and Trade funds and implement the service
expansion programs contained in the most recent CCJPA Board’s Vision Plan.
In a parallel effort, staff will implement various technology initiatives
to enhance ticketing transactions, improve passenger communications, and
better utilize and manage data to increase operating efficiencies and cost
effectiveness.

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CA Rail Statistics

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (August, 2014)

Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Service Performance Overview

A total of 120,553 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains in August, an
uptick of 2.2% compared to August 2013 and marking the fifth consecutive
month of ridership increases for the service. Revenue for August 2014 was
up 0.5% over August 2013 and was a record for the month of August. The
year to-date (YTD) Operating Ratio is 50%, below the business plan standard
of 53% due to revenues being budget projections. YTD On-time Performance
(OTP) remains a superb 96%, maintaining Capitol Corridor as the most
reliable service in the Amtrak system.

These ridership and revenue results are even more remarkable given the
limited operation of the Capitol Corridor (only late afternoon/evening
train service) on August 24, 2014 due to the closure of the rail route for
inspections in response to the Napa earthquake.

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The following are ridership highlights from August 2014:
· Average weekend ridership was up by 11% over weekend ridership in August
2013. This spectacular growth was primarily due to the historic
ridership to the 49ers exhibition game on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the
new Levi’s Stadium, which is adjacent to the Great America/Santa Clara
Station. Weekend ridership and total ridership would have been even
higher if the Napa earthquake hadn’t temporarily ceased Capitol Corridor
service on August 24 during the 49ers exhibition game at Levi’s stadium.
· Average weekday ridership was up a strong 4% compared to August 2013,
which was primarily due to continued growth for the trains traveling to
and from San Jose/Silicon Valley and a recent upswing in ridership on
the two trains serving the Placer County stations.
· Detailed data for the top 25 city-pairs stations through June is
provided at the end of this report.

Customer Service Program Upgrades
· CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: Using the available rolling stock, CCJPA
has worked with Caltrans Rail and Amtrak to generally ensure that there
are two cars on selected trainsets (in the cab car, opposite the
locomotive, and car # 2 positions) with extra bicycle capacity. This
on-board program has reduced crowding of bicycles in passenger areas
even as the demand for on-train bicycle access continues to increase.

To provide additional bike capacity, consistent with the adopted CCJPA
Bicycle Access Plan, the CCJPA will be requesting an allocation of
$556,000 in October 2014 from the California Transportation Commission
(CTC) for the installation of bicycle eLockers at 13 of the 17 stations
Capitol Corridor serves. (Joint Capitol Corridor/BART stations, which
already have them, and Caltrain stations are the exceptions.) Once that
process is underway, CCJPA will work to implement the folding bicycle
lease program to further reduce on-train bicycle crowding and/or induce
more convenient and safe Capitol Corridor travel with bicycle access as
the first/last mile portion of the trip.

· Improvements to CCJPA Train Status Feature on Website: Contract
negotiations continue with the selected vendor who is tasked to
implement upgrades to the train status feature on the CCJPA website.
Once the selected vendor is formally under contract, it is anticipated
that these updates will be done in six to eight weeks. The first element
will be a visual map display of train status.

Safety Initiatives
• Safety Fences: Construction has been completed on a total of 15,802 feet
of fencing along the Capitol Corridor route in several locations,
including West Sacramento, Sacramento, Suisun, Oakland, and Hayward.

• Security Cameras at Capitol Corridor Stations: With initial engineering
design complete, installation will begin for camera and surveillance
equipment at the Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Suisun, Martinez,
Emeryville, Oakland Jack London, and Fremont stations.

· Platform Safety Upgrades: In early 2014, CCJPA and Amtrak staff have
begun a program of safety access upgrades at selected Capitol Corridor
train stations, which include, but are not limited to, replacing broken
platform tactile edges, repainting platform tactile edges, restriping
yellow safety lines along the main platform, repainting safety text
along platforms, and installing safety signs. After the Davis station
was completed in May 2014, similar work was undertaken at the Roseville,
Suisun, Berkeley, and Fremont stations. This work was completed in July
2014.The next stations to receive safety upgrades are Berkeley, Great
America/Santa Clara, Hayward, Oakland-Coliseum, Richmond, and Auburn.

· Positive Train Control Update: The Union Pacific’s plan for PTC
implementation remains the same in that the Los Angeles basin will be
first, with the Northern California area following. Initial reports are
that the implementation of PTC in the LA Basin has been delayed to the
third quarter 2015, putting PTC installation on the Capitol Corridor
route sometime after the fourth quarter of 2015 or perhaps later. A
recent report by the Government Accounting Office has suggested that PTC
installation could be delayed by a variety of technical and
administrative challenges. However, the recent serious accident on the
Metro North commuter railroad in New York has renewed the visibility of
the PTC installation project.

Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned locomotives and cab
control cars is complete, with all locomotives and cab cars equipped.
Initial discussions have begun with Caltrain to develop a schedule and
program to test state-owned PTC-installed Capitol Corridor trains in
Caltrain territory once the PTC trackside equipment is installed and
tested on the Caltrain route.

Project Updates
· CCJPA Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project: The first task for this project
has begun and involves the conceptual design for the extensions of the
double track in the segment between Fremont to Santa Clara/University
stations, excluding the five-mile section of single track in the Alviso
wetlands area. This effort is continuing in parallel with discussions
including UPRR and the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).

· Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
Engineering: A Notice of Preparation (NOP) was issued on August 1, 2014
to commence the public comment period for the Sacramento to Roseville 3
rd Track Project, which will allow for the increase of Capitol Corridor
service to/from Roseville to 10 daily round trips. The NOP is part of
the environmental documentation compliance process with the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The CEQA document is anticipated to be
an Environmental Impact Report. A parallel National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA) for an Environmental Assessment (EA) is ongoing as well.
After issuance of the NOP, two public workshops were held, one on
Roseville and one in Sacramento, to directly receive public comments. An
online workshop was also made possible complete with online comments
available. Additionally, the CCJPA staff provided two on-train workshops
on the evening/morning train to/from Auburn. The NOP process is now
closed and no unexpected comments were received.

At this time the consulting team is performing the environmental
analysis for the preparation of the respective CEQA and NEPA
environmental documents. CCJPA staff and its consultants continue to
consult with affected resource agencies and the cities of Roseville and
Sacramento. Additional phases of stakeholder engagement as well as
public meetings are on schedule for release of the draft EIR/EA in late
winter 2015, leading toward CEQA adoption of the EIR in November 2015 by
the CCJPA Board. NEPA approval will be subject to the Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA).Status of

Outlook – Closing
Going into the last month of FY2014, the performance of the Capitol
Corridor continues its steady improvement. Ridership and revenues have
been on the rise over the last five months, expenses continue to be
slightly below budget, OTP remains the best in the Amtrak system, and the
Capitol Corridor customer satisfaction scores based on the most recent
survey conducted in June 2014 were the highest in two years. With revenues
lower than current budget-year projections, the YTD Operating Ratio is 50%,
below the FY2014 goal of 53%. OTP continues to be a bright spot, with YTD
reliability of 96% (best in the nation and in the history of the service),
which has helped keep customer satisfaction scores high.

The enactment of the State’s Cap and Trade Program in the FY14-15 State
Budget marks the beginning of a new opportunity to provide a sustained
stream of capital funding for the Capitol Corridor and other transit
services. The CCJPA will continue to participate in the development of the
guidelines for the investment of these Cap and Trade revenues for
transit/intercity passenger rail projects/services.

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CA Rail Statistics

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (July, 2014)

By David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Service Performance Overview
For the fourth consecutive month, ridership increased on the Capitol Corridor over the corresponding month in 2013. A total of 119,425 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains in July 2014, representing a 2.8% increase compared to July 2013. Revenue for July 2014 was the highest in the history of the service for July and represented an increase of 1.3% compared to July 2013. The year to-date (YTD) Operating Ratio remained at 52%, slightly below the business plan standard of 53% due to revenues being
7.3% below budget projections. YTD On-time Performance (OTP) remains a superb 96%, maintaining Capitol Corridor’s distinction as the most reliable service in the Amtrak system.

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The following are ridership highlights from July 2014:

· Weekend ridership was up by 1% over weekend ridership in July 2013.
This is attributed to the re-introduction of the Take 5 (small
group/family) online fare promotion.
· Weekday ridership increased 3% compared to July 2013, which was
primarily due to double-digit growth for the trains traveling to and
from San Jose/Silicon Valley.
· Detailed data for stations through July 2014 has not yet been
received from Amtrak.

Effective July 28, 2014, the CCJPA implemented a revised weekend train schedule that rearranged trains into and out of San Jose to better serve events at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Customer Service Program Upgrades

• CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: With the retrofitting of the 8300-series
cab cars in the Northern California fleet for added bicycle storage and
the installation of Positive Train Control hardware completed in May
2014, most Capitol Corridor weekday trainsets now have two (2) cars with
enhanced bike storage, nearly doubling the bike capacity on these
trains.

Caltrans Rail is about to initiate a program of modifications for HVAC
and flooring in all first-generation bi-level rail cars, which means
that it will be approximately 36 months before CCJPA will be able to
consistently have two bicycle cars on each trainset. The rotation cycle
of the equipment will mean that some of the trains with higher bicycle
use will have, at times, less than optimal bicycle storage capacity.

The at-station bicycle facilities are one step closer to receiving the
state funding allocated to install e-lockers and folding bicycle lease
systems and are on track for launch in 2015.

• Improvements to CCJPA Train Status Feature on Website: A vendor has been
selected to implement upgrades to the train status feature on the CCJPA
website. Once the selected vendor is formally under contract, it is
anticipated that these updates will be done in six to eight weeks, and
the first element will be a visual map display of train status.

Marketing

· The Take 5 offer is in effect through mid-November.
· 25% discount offers for Oakland A’s baseball, Oakland Raiders, Cal
Football and Levi’s Stadium/Santa Clara are currently in effect.
· “Partnering with Visit Oakland” to promote travel to Oakland from the
Sacramento area

Safety Initiatives

• Safety Fences: Construction has been completed on a total of 15,802 feet
of fencing that has been constructed along the Capitol Corridor route in
several locations, including West Sacramento, Sacramento, Suisun,
Oakland, and Hayward.

• Security Cameras at Capitol Corridor Stations: With initial engineering
design complete, installation will begin for camera and surveillance
equipment at the Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Suisun, Martinez,
Emeryville, Oakland Jack London, and Fremont stations.

• Platform Safety Upgrades: CCJPA and Amtrak staff have begun a program of
safety access upgrades at selected Capitol Corridor train stations,
which include, but are not limited to, replacing broken platform tactile
edges, repainting platform tactile edges, restriping yellow safety lines
along the main platform, repainting safety text along platforms, and
installing safety signs. After the Davis station was completed in May
2014, upgrades to the Suisun, Roseville, and Fremont-Centerville
stations were completed in June 2014. The next stations to receive
safety upgrades are Berkeley, Great America/Santa Clara, Hayward,
Oakland-Coliseum, Richmond, and Auburn.

Project Updates

· Sacramento to Roseville 3rd-Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
Engineering: This project is officially in the environmental review
process which started with the July 1, 2014 release of the Notice of
Preparation (NOP). On July 16 and 17, 2014, two public scoping meetings
were held in the Sacramento and Roseville area, respectively, as well as
via an online, to provide a forum for commenting on the project. Two
additional on-train scoping meetings were held on July 23 on train 536
and on July 24 on train 529. Additional opportunities for public input
will be provided in fall 2014 and at future steps in the environmental
documentation process.

· Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Track Project: Staff continues its negotiations
with UPRR to determine the precise project mix relative to support the
increased frequency of Capitol Corridor trains to/from San Jose (up to
11 daily round-trip trains). These discussions are supported by the
California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), which is responsible
for the State Rail Modernization, which includes the Capitol Corridor
service. Geographically, the Oakland to San Jose Phase 2 Projects can be
split into northern and southern sections – southern projects between
Newark and San Jose, and northern projects between Fremont and Oakland.
Generally, the intent of these projects is to add a second track to the
single-track segments in each section. A first segment is being explored
that will attempt to ensure that key modifications are made around the
Great America station to accommodate the expected demand for sporting
and entertainment events at the new Levi’s Stadium.

Outlook – Closing
Ten months into FY2014, and the performance of the Capitol Corridor is steadily improving compared to the first quarter of the fiscal year. Ridership and revenues have been on the rise over the last four months, expenses continue to be slightly below budget, OTP remains the best in the Amtrak system, and customer satisfaction continues to be one of the highest in the nation.

With revenues lower than current budget-year projections, the YTD Operating Ratio is 51%, slightly below the FY2014 goal of 53%. Customer satisfaction (per Amtrak’s monthly mail-in survey) has notched above last year’s results, and Capitol Corridor remains among the top five in the Amtrak system. OTP continues to be a bright spot, with YTD reliability of 96% (best in the nation and in the history of the service.)

With the enactment of the State’s Cap and Trade Program, there is a path towards a sustained stream of capital funding for the Capitol Corridor and other transit services. To that end, the CCJPA will be participating with our colleagues in the transit industry in the development of the guidelines for the investment of these Cap and Trade revenues for transit/intercity
passenger rail projects/services.

CA Rail Statistics

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (June, 2014)

Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Service Performance Overview
For the third consecutive month, ridership increased on the Capitol Corridor over 2013. In June 2014, a total of 116,605 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains, representing a 1.7% increase compared to June 2013. Revenues continue to be above prior year-month results, with a 1.9% increase over June 2013. Year to-date (YTD) Operating Ratio remained at 52%, slightly below the business plan standard of 53% due to revenues being 7.3% below budget projections. YTD On-time Performance (OTP) remains a superb 96%, maintaining Capitol Corridor’s distinction as the most reliable service in the Amtrak system.

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The following are ridership highlights from June 2014:

· Weekend ridership was up by 4% over weekend ridership in June 2013. This is attributed to the re-introduction of the Take 5 (small group/family) online fare promotion.
· Weekday ridership was flat/unchanged compared to June 2013.
· Shown at the bottom of this report are tables listing the top 25 city pairs for May 2014 and YTD FY2014 (Amtrak’s detailed station data is currently only available through May 2014)

A revised weekend train schedule that rearranges trains into and out of San Jose to better serve events at Levi’s Stadium will go into effect on July 28, 2014.

FY2014-15 State Budget

A. FY2014-15 State-Supported Contract Budget for CA Intercity Passenger Rail Services

When the Governor signed into law the State Budget Act of 2014, it included $119 million to support the operation of the three California Intercity Passenger Rail (CIPR) services (San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner) in FY2015. This represents a $10 million increase over the CIPR operating budget of $108.9 million in FY2014 and were effectuated through the actions of the budget subcommittees in the Assembly and Senate that independently approved the $10 million increase in their respective state budget hearings and associated bills.

B. Cap-and-Trade Auction Revenues to Transportation/CIPR Services

More importantly, the enactment of the State Budget Act of 2014 marked a monumental shift towards investing in transportation to achieve the state’s clean air goals and help communities implement their sustainability strategies.

Legislators specified spending priorities for the FY2014-15 budget year as well as future-year revenues from the proceeds of auctions from the Air Resources Board’s Cap and Trade program. The CCJPA has been actively working with the California Transit Association (CTA) and other interested parties for more than two years on dedicating a significant portion of these funds to transit projects and services that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Cap and Trade Expenditure Program from the budget bill and a series of “trailer bills” will be implemented in the current budget year (2014-15) appropriation, with fixed dollar amounts going to specified programs. In 2015-16 and thereafter, specified programs will receive set percentages of annual Cap and Trade proceeds.

Budget Year Plan (2014-15)

· $25 million for Transit Operations or Capital: Local distribution using State Transit Assistance (STA) formula, subject to ARB guidelines and Caltrans sign-off.
· $25 million for Transit Capital or Operations: State competitive distribution for bus transit and commuter and intercity and urban light rail services. (also per ARB guidelines).
· $130 million for Sustainable Communities and Housing: Competitive program through State’s Strategic Growth Council for sustainable communities projects and services, such as Transit/Active Transportation Program/Transit Oriented Development, are eligible.
· $200 million for Low-Carbon Transportation (including Zero-Emission Buses).
· $250 million for High-Speed Rail
· $242 million for a variety of Energy, Water, Waste Diversion and Weatherization programs.

Long-Term Plan (2015-16+++)

· 5% pot for Transit Operations or Capital: Local distribution using STA formula, subject to ARB guidelines and Caltrans sign-off.
· 10% for Transit Capital or Operations: State competitive distribution for bus transit, and commuter and intercity and urban light rail services ( also per ARB guidelines).
· 20% pot for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities: Competitive program through State’s Strategic Growth Council for affordable housing and sustainable communities projects and services, such as Transit/Active Transportation Program/Transit Oriented Development, are eligible; a minimum of half these funds must be used for affordable housing.
· 25% for High-Speed Rail.
· 40% for Energy, Low-Carbon Trans, Water, Waste Diversion, and Weatherization. This program does not have funding splits and is subject to annual appropriation by the Legislature.

While the CCJPA and our transit partners would have preferred a larger share of funds to go directly to transit operators and CIPR agencies on a formula basis, a dedicated funding stream for capital projects is now available equal to 10% of incoming revenues from the Cap and Trade auction proceeds starting in FY2015-16 and into the near future.

Much of the credit goes to the collaborative efforts of the CIPR agencies working with the California Transit Association (CTA) to develop a strategy for justifying the investment of Cap and Trade revenues that included CIPR services which culminated in a direct allocation of 10% of these revenues to a competitive grant program available to CIPR agencies for capital projects that meet soon-to-be-developed program guidelines. CIPR services would also be eligible for Cap-and-Trade-funded Sustainable Communities sub-account funds along with the other transit agencies.

Customer Service Program Upgrades

• CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: With the retrofitting of the 8300-series cab cars in the Northern California fleet for added bicycle storage and the installation of Positive Train Control hardware completed in May 2014, most Capitol Corridor weekday trainsets have two (2) cars with enhanced bike storage, nearly doubling the bike capacity on these trains.

Caltrans Rail is about to initiate a program of modifications for HVAC and flooring in all first-generation bi-level rail cars, which means that it will be approximately 36 months before CCJPA will be able to consistently have two bicycle cars on each trainset. The rotation cycle of the equipment will mean that some of the trains with higher bicycle use will have, at times, less than optimal bicycle storage capacity. The at-station bicycle facilities are one step closer to receiving the state funding allocated to install e-lockers and folding bicycle lease systems and are on track for launch in 2015.

• Improvements to CCJPA Website and Automated Interactive Voice Response System: A vendor has been selected to implement upgrades and revisions to the CCJPA website and the automated interactive response (IVR) system. Once a vendor is formally under contract, it is anticipated that these updates will be done in six to eight weeks.

Safety Initiatives

• Safety Fences: Construction has been completed on a total of 15,802 feet of fencing that has been constructed along the Capitol Corridor Route in several locations including West Sacramento, Sacramento, Suisun, Oakland, and Hayward.

• Security Cameras at Capitol Corridor Stations: With initial engineering design complete, installation will begin for camera and surveillance equipment at the Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Suisun, Martinez, Emeryville, Oakland Jack London, and Fremont stations.

• Positive Train Control: While the first launch of Positive Train Control (PTC) continues towards final implementation in Southern California, the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) is studying the possibility of beginning an initial phase where both PTC equipped and non-PTC equipped trains would operate over the Capitol Corridor route together, as a way of testing the system. Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is currently complete with all locomotives and cab cars equipped.

• Platform Safety Upgrades: CCJPA and Amtrak staff have begun a program of safety access upgrades at selected Capitol Corridor train stations, which include, but are not limited to, replacing broken platform tactile edges, repainting platform tactile edges, restriping yellow safety lines along the main platform, repainting safety text along platforms, and installing safety signs. After the Davis station (completed in May 2014), upgrades to the Suisun, Roseville and Fremont-Centerville stations were completed in June 2014. The next stations to receive safety upgrades are Berkeley, Great America/Santa Clara, Hayward, Oakland-Coliseum, Richmond and Auburn.

Project Updates

· Sacramento to Roseville 3rd-Track Environmental Review/Preliminary Engineering: This project is officially in the environmental review process which started with the July 1, 2014 release of the Notice of Preparation (NOP). On July 16 and 17, 2014, two public scoping meetings will be held in the Sacramento and Roseville area, respectively, as well as via an online, to provide a forum for commenting on the project. Two additional on-train scoping meetings will be held on July 23 on train 536 and on July 24 on train 529. Additional opportunities for public input will be provided in fall 2014 and at future steps in the environmental documentation process.

· Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Track Project: Staff continues its negotiations with UPRR regarding the precise project mix relative to support the increased frequency of Capitol Corridor trains to/from San Jose (up to 11 daily round-trip trains). These discussions are supported by California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), which is responsible for the State Rail Modernization, which includes the Capitol Corridor service. Geographically, the Oakland to San Jose Phase 2 Projects can be split into northern and southern sections – southern projects between Newark and San Jose, and northern projects between Fremont and Oakland. Generally, the intent of these projects is to add a second track to the single-track segments in each section. A first segment is being explored that will attempt to ensure that key modifications are made around the Great America station to accommodate the expected demand for sporting and entertainment events at the new Levi’s Stadium.

Outlook – Closing

With three quarters of FY2014 complete, Capitol Corridor ridership is now even with the FY2013 YTD results, and the gap in revenue decreases has been slowly shrinking, with revenues trailing last year by only 1.7%. Despite these lower revenue results, the YTD Operating Ratio is 52%, only slightly below the FY2014 goal of 53% (due to operating expenses that are lower than budget). Customer satisfaction (per Amtrak’s monthly mail-in surveys) remains equal to last year’s results, and Capitol Corridor remains in the top five in the Amtrak system. OTP continues to be a bright spot, with YTD reliability of 96% (best in the nation and in the history of the service).

Now that the Legislature and the Governor have fully endorsed the investment of Cap and Trade auction revenues for CIPR services in the FY2015 budget and subsequent years, there is a path towards continuous, sustained capital funding for the Capitol Corridor. The program will be highly competitive with the other CIPR and transit services in the state, and each CCJPA project will require justification based on program guidelines that have not yet been developed.

That being said, staff will be working with our service and funding partners to put forward a program of improvements that will meet the CCJPA’s service expansion goals (to San Jose and to Roseville) and will maximize safety and efficiency, while also helping to meet the State’s clean air goals and advance the implementation of sustainable community strategies.

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CA Rail Statistics

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (May, 2014)

Report from David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Service Performance Overview

May 2014 was the second consecutive month of ridership increases for the Capitol Corridor compared to prior year-month results. While the increase was subtle [+0.4%], the 128,245 passengers that rode Capitol Corridor trains in May 2014 was the highest monthly ridership for the current fiscal year. Revenues were slightly below [-0.6%] May 2013 results that is consistent with overall revenues performing under last year’s monthly results as well as 7% below FY 2014 revenue projections. Year to-date (YTD) Operating Ratio increased to 52%, yet is below standard of 53% due to revenues below projections. Even though several trains were significantly delayed due to trespasser strikes in May 2014, On-time Performance (OTP) was 96% and is 96% for FY 2014 YTD, keeping the Capitol Corridor in the number one spot as the most reliable service in the Amtrak system.

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While ridership is trending upwards over the last three months, the CCJPA continues to implement initiatives to improve performance at specific stations and on specific trains:
· Trains serving Placer County stations (one in each direction):
Staff is examining a restructuring of fare plans with Amtrak to
address ridership losses on these trains.
· Sacramento station: The City of Sacramento is moving forward with
the construction of 40 parking spaces at the west end of the
station parking lot this summer. Construction should be complete
by early fall. Efforts to identify additional parking closer to
the station platform/tunnel entry continue as well.
· Weekend trains: Several initiatives are underway: staff is working
with Amtrak marketing team to re-introduce the Take 5 (small
group/family) online fare promotion; staff is seeking to introduce
a revised weekend train schedule (effective July 28, 2014) to
better serve events at the Levi’s/49ers Stadium; and further
refinements to the weekend train schedule are being analyzed.

FY 14-15 Draft State Budget

A. FY 14-15 State-Supported Contract Budget for CA Intercity Passenger Rail Services. The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 budget released in January 2014 included $108.9 million to support the operation of the three California Intercity Passenger Rail (CIPR) services (San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner). In late May 2014, the budget subcommittees in Assembly and Senate have independently approved a $10 million increase in the FY 14-15 state budget for the 3 CIPR FY 15 operating contracts which aligns with the submittal of the Amtrak FY 15 budget forecasts for the three CIPR services. As these budget increases in each legislative house are the same, it is expected that the increased CIPR FY 15 budget will be in the final FY 14-15 state budget to be adopted by the Legislature and submitted to the Governor for enactment.

B. Cap-and-Trade Auction Revenues to Transportation/CIPR Services. Currently, there are three proposals in circulation for the distribution of revenues from Cap-and-Trade auctions for investment in the state transportation programs and services.

1. Governor’s Draft FY2014-15 Budget: The Draft FY 14-15 Budget (and the recently released budget revision on May 13, 2014) proposes that 70% of his $850 million Cap-and-Trade program go toward transportation improvements with $300 million in revenues from Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds for the Rail Modernization Program. The $300 million would be split – $250 million for the California High Speed Rail Authority to start construction of a high speed train system in the Central Valley, and $50 million for Caltrans’ allocation of competitive grants for existing rail transit agencies to integrate rail systems and provide connectivity to high speed rail. The CIPR program is identified as an eligible applicant for these funds.

The CCJPA appreciates the inclusion of the CIPR services in the
Cap-and-Trade-funded Rail Modernization Program and sent a letter
stating its support for the Rail Mod Program yet believes the Program
account should be increased tenfold, to $500 million from
Cap-and-Trade revenues. The increased amount could be distributed
using a programmatic formula that is fair and equitable and would
provide enough funds to allow the state’s passenger rail network and
rail transit services to expand rail service levels to meet growing
passenger demand, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the
transportation sector, and support sustainability programs in our
communities.

2. Senator Leadership Investment Strategy for Cap-and-Trade Revenues: On June 3, 2014, Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Senator Kevin de Leon updated the earlier May 15 proposal with: 25% of Cap-and-Trade revenues allocated to Transit using the State Transit Assistance (STA) formula; a call-out for dedicated allocation of 5% to intercity rail agencies; and a cap of 15% to the California High Speed Rail (HSR) Project.

3. Assembly Investment Proposal for Cap-and-Trade Revenues: On May 22, 2014, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 (Resources and Transportation) rolled out its proposal on the allocation of Cap-and-Trade revenues for the FY 14-15 Budget only. This proposal follows the state-controlled allocation of Cap-and-Trade revenues for FY 14-15 that is similar to the Governor’s proposal; yet the Assembly’s FY 14-15 budget proposal is greater than the Governor’s program ($1.04 billion vs. $850 million). While there are no specific details on process or schedule, intercity passenger rail is identified as an eligible recipient under the State Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program [$400 million program allocated by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC)].

Concurrently, staff from the CIPR agencies collaborated with the California Transit Association (CTA) to develop a strategy for advocating Cap-and-Trade revenues to transit and CIPR services with a direct allocation of 5% of these revenues to the CIPR
Program [approximately $150 million per year under a conservative $3 billion overall annual program]. CIPR services would also be an eligible applicant along with the other transit agencies for Cap-and-Trade-funded Sustainable Communities subaccount.
The Executive Committee of the CTA unanimously adopted this Cap-and-Trade revenue dispersement program that is proposed to be applied to any Cap-and-Trade related legislative proposals.

Now that the Assembly and the Senate have submitted their respective programs for the use and allocation of Cap-and-Trade revenues for the FY 14-15 budget year, these legislative proposals and the Governor’s proposal will go to a conference committee made up of senior legislative and administration officials to develop a consensus plan for the use and distribution of these revenues for FY 14-15 and subsequent years as part of the FY 14-15 budget negotiations.

Customer Service Program Upgrades

· CCJPA Bicycle Access Program. With the retrofitting of the
8300-series cab cars in the Northern California fleet for added
bicycle storage and the installation of Positive Train Control
hardware completed in May 2014, selected Capitol Corridor weekday
trainsets have two (2) cars with enhanced bike storage, nearly
doubling the bike capacity on these trains. Caltrans Rail is about
to initiate a program of modifications for HVAC and flooring in all
first-generation bilevel rail cars which will mean that it will be
approximately 36 months before CCJPA will be able to consistently
present two bicycle cars on each trainset. The rotation cycle of the
equipment will mean that some of the busier trains for bicycle use
will have, at times, less than optimal bicycle storage capacity.

· Improvements to CCJPA Website and Automated Interactive Voice
Response System. A vendor has been selected to implement upgrades and
revisions to the CCJPA website and the automated interactive response
(IVR) system. Once a vendor is formally under contract, it is
anticipated that these updates will be done in 6 to 8 weeks (early
Summer 2014).

Safety Initiatives
· Safety Fences: Construction is underway and nearing completion on a
total of 15,802 feet of fencing that has been constructed along the
Capitol Corridor Route in several locations including West
Sacramento, Sacramento, Suisun, Oakland, and Hayward.
· Security Cameras at Capitol Corridor Stations: With initial
engineering design complete, installation will begin for cameras and
surveillance equipment at Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Suisun,
Martinez, Emeryville, Oakland Jack London, and Fremont stations.
· Positive Train Control. While the first launch of Positive Train
Control (PTC) continues towards final implementation in Southern
California, the Union Pacific Railroad is studying the possibility of
beginning an initial phase where both PTC equipped and non-PTC
equipped trains would operate over the Capitol Corridor route
together, as a way of testing the system. Installation of the PTC
equipment on the state-owned equipment is currently complete with all
locomotives and cab cars equipped.
· Platform Safety Upgrades. CCJPA and Amtrak staff have begun a
program of safety access upgrades at selected Capitol Corridor train
stations. The first project was at the Davis station and consisted
of replacing broken platform tactile edges, repainting platform
tactile edges, restriping yellow safety lines along the main
platform, repainting safety text along main platform, and installing
one safety sign. This work was completed on May 16. The next
stations to have similar safety upgrades installed are: Santa
Clara/Great America, Hayward, Oakland Coliseum, Richmond,
Suisun-Fairfield, Roseville and Auburn stations. These projects are
expected to be completed over the next 6-9 months.

Project Updates

· Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
Engineering. The CCJPA has completed all the preliminary design
development with the City of Roseville and the UPRR so staff is
proceeding with the environmental documentation phase of the project.
This phase begins with the issuance of the Notice of Preparation
(NOP), which will be released in late June 2014. The NOP will allow
for public scoping meetings that will be held in the Roseville and
Sacramento area, as well as via an online, to provide a forum for
commenting on the project. The overall schedule from NOP to final
environmental documentation is from June 2014 through October 2015

· Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Track Project. Staff continues its
negotiations with Union Pacific railroad (UPRR) regarding the precise
project mix relative to support the increased frequency of Capitol
Corridor trains to/from San Jose (up to 11 daily round trip trains).
These discussions are supported by California State Transportation
Agency (CalSTA), who is responsible for the State Rail Modernization
which includes the Capitol Corridor service. Geographically, the
Oakland to San Jose Phase 2 Projects can be split into northern and
southern sections: southern projects between Newark and San Jose; and
those northern projects between Fremont and Oakland. Generally the
intent of these projects is to add a second track to those single
track segments in each section.

Outlook – Closing: Two-thirds [eight months] through FY 2014 and ridership for the Capitol Corridor is nearly even [-0.1%] with the FY 2013 YTD results. Revenues, however, continue to lag by 2.2% for the same period last year and further review is required to determine the reasons for these substandard results. Customer satisfaction (per Amtrak’s monthly mail-in
surveys) is equal with last year’s results. Other performance standards are showing positive results: the YTD Operating Ratio is 52%, slightly above last year’s YTD result of 51% and OTP continues to be a bright spot with YTD reliability of 96% (best in the nation and in the history of the service).

As the Legislature enters into the final stages of completing its work for the FY 14-15 budget, the CCJPA and the other CIPR agencies are hopeful that the legislative budget leaders and administration officials will support a multi-year distribution program for Cap-and-Trade revenues to transportation services/projects with a dedicated allocation of 5% of such revenues to the states CIPR program. The CIPR agencies are primed for the near-term investment of these Cap-and-Trade revenues in projects that
expand and improve the safety and efficiency of these CIPR services, while also helping to meet the State’s clean air goals and implementation of sustainable community strategies.

CA Rail Statistics

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (April, 2014)

from David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Service Performance Overview

For April 2014, both ridership and revenue for the Capitol Corridor were above last year’s April results, with 3.2% and 1.5% growth respectively. Capitol Corridor trains carried a total of 126,831 passengers in April, 2014, with revenues of $2.44 million. The primary reason for the ridership increase was that the Easter holiday fell in mid-April, versus late March in 2013. Comparing ridership for the combined months of March and April 2014 to the same period in 2013 shows a slight increase of 1%. This is a positive indicator, but it’s still too early to determine if this trend will continue.

On-Time Performance (OTP) was again a stand out at 96%, which equates to a year-to-date (YTD) OTP of 96%. This excellent OTP maintains the Capitol Corridor’s distinction as the most reliable intercity passenger rail (IPR) service in the Amtrak system. The night-time tie renewal and replacement program that occurred from late January to early March 2014 was a success, with the lowest Host Railroad delay minutes among all IPR services. This commitment from the host railroads (UPRR and Caltrain) was matched only by Amtrak’s mechanical team that reduced mechanical delay minutes by 16% over the past 12 months for the Capitol Corridor train equipment.

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) greatly appreciates the work of our service partners. Their support and commitment helps keep the trains running on-time and maintains passenger (and employee) safety and satisfaction as the number one priority.

The operating ratio was 53% in April 2014; however, the YTD ratio is at 51%, below the expected 53% due to YTD revenues being below projection.

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While ridership (and revenues) has increased slightly over the last two months, the CCJPA is continuing its efforts to improve performance at specific stations and on specific trains:

· Trains serving Placer County stations (one in each direction): Staff
is currently working with Amtrak on various fare plans to address
ridership losses on these trains.

· Sacramento station: Based on the latest update from the City of
Sacramento, construction of 40 parking spaces at the west end of the
station parking lot is set to begin in late May. Construction should
be complete by early fall. Efforts to identify additional parking
closer to the station platform/tunnel entry continue as well.

· Weekend trains: Using data from the daily conductor e-Ticketing
reports, weekend ridership was up approximately 4% in April 2014
versus March 2013. This increase was due to Easter holiday travel,
plus the 50% off advance-purchase internet ticket discount for
weekend travel. This promotion expired at the end of April 2014.

FY2015 Amtrak Operating Forecast Budget

The CCJPA received the FY2015 budget forecasts from Amtrak for the Capitol Corridor trains on March 31, 2014. The total budget, which includes an equipment capital charge for the use of Amtrak locomotives used on the corridor, is $32.264 million versus $29.331 million in the FY2014 operating contract, an increase of $2.933 million.

$2.745 million of this budget increase is due to Amtrak’s lowered revenue forecast that uses FY2014 ridership figures from actual conductor e-Ticketing lifts, compared to previous years when ridership reports overestimated the number of multi-ride ticket users. While actual FY2014 ridership and revenue figures are equal to or slightly below estimated ridership allocations from FY 2013 e-Ticketing conductor reports, Amtrak overestimated ridership and revenues for the CCJPA’s FY2014 operating budget. In an effort to provide a more reliable revenue forecast for FY2015, Amtrak used the FY2014 actual e-Ticketing ridership reports, which better represent near-term ridership levels, and thus resulted in a revenue forecast for FY 2015 that is $2.745 million lower than the FY 2014 revenue forecast.

There was a new cost included in the FY2015 budget — $0.275 million for the use of three Amtrak locomotives in the Northern California IPR fleet (Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin). These funds represent the CCJPA’s 50% share (evenly split with the San Joaquin IPR service) for 1.5 locomotives. The funds will be used to (1) have Amtrak perform Life Cycle Preventative Maintenance (LCPM) in order to keep the locomotives in a state of good repair [$200,000] and (2) implement PTC equipment on these units [$75,000].

Overall, operating expenses remain relatively flat for FY2015 compared to FY2014 budgeted expenses, except for insurance, which increased $400,000, or 33%, due to a national increase in premiums for all railroad services (passenger and freight).

The CCJPA has begun coordinating with Caltrans, which manages the other two California Intercity Passenger Rail (CIPR) services, and Amtrak to identify possible changes to operating service plans (e.g. consist sizing, revised train schedules) to increase revenues and/or reduce operating costs.

These efforts will also involve the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), which will be allocating the state FY2015 funds to the CCJPA for the operation, marketing, and administration of the Capitol Corridor IPR service. From the submittal of the Amtrak FY2015 budget forecasts, the state financial operating support for the three California Intercity Passenger Rail (CIPR) services will need to increase from the FY2014 budget baseline of $108.9 million by approximately $10 to $13 million. This additional state financial support is the subject of current legislative hearings for the state FY2015 budget process and hopefully will be included in the Governor’s May Revise of the FY2015 budget.

Cap and Trade Revenue Proposals: Investment in the CIPR Services
There are currently two proposals for the investment of Cap and Trade Revenues into the State’s transportation network and CIPR program in particular:

– The Governor’s Draft FY2014-15 budget proposes that 70% of Cap and
Trade go toward transportation improvements, with $300 million in
revenues from Cap and Trade auction proceeds for the Rail Modernization
Program. The $300 million would be split – $250 million for the
California High Speed Rail Authority to start construction of a high
speed train system in the Central Valley, and $50 million for Caltrans’
allocation of competitive grants for existing rail transit agencies to
integrate rail systems and provide connectivity to high speed rail. The
CIPR program is identified as an eligible applicant for these funds.

The CCJPA appreciates the inclusion of the CIPR services in the Cap and
Trade-funded Rail Modernization Program and has sent a letter of
support for the Program. Nevertheless, the CCJPA believes the account
for this Cap and Trade program should be increased tenfold, to $500
million. The increased account could be distributed using a
programmatic formula that is fair and equitable and that would provide
enough funds to allow the State’s passenger rail network and rail
transit services to expand service levels to meet growing passenger
demand, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector,
and support sustainability programs in our communities.

– Senator Steinberg’s Investment Strategy for Cap and Trade Revenues: On
April 11, 2014, Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
announced a proposed plan to create a permanent spending strategy for
Cap and Trade revenue that prioritizes investments in affordable
transit-oriented housing, transit expansion, and the State’s High Speed
Train (HST) system. The proposal is established in Senate Bill (SB)
1156 and differs from the Governor’s Cap and Trade investment plan.
Senator Steinberg’s plan focuses his Cap and Trade investment strategy
on implementing sustainable communities’ strategies identified in SB
375 and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions pursuant to AB 32,
California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. While Senator Steinberg does
identify local and regional transit and HST as eligible recipients in
his proposal, the CIPR services are noticeably absent. To that end,
discussions have been ongoing with the CIPR agencies, legislative
officials, and other interested parties to include the CIPR services in
Senator Steinberg’s proposal since CIPR services are included in
Governor Brown’s Cap and Trade investment strategy.

Safety Initiatives

· Positive Train Control. Installation of the PTC equipment on the
state-owned equipment is currently proceeding with all locomotives
equipped and installation on cab cars underway (~90% complete). The
completion date has slipped from April to early June 2014.

· Station Access Safety Improvements. Based on a station-by-station
site analysis conducted by CCJPA and Amtrak staff, the scheduled
program of upgrades is planned to improve passenger access to
platforms at various stations. Davis will be the first station to
receive these upgrades. Work is scheduled to begin on May 12 and be
complete by May 17. The initial project start date in April was
pushed out to May due to rainstorms in early April and subsequent
delays in securing railroad safety workers to provide protection for
workers within the railroad right-of-way and at the station
platforms.

Project Updates

· CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: Starting May 1, 2014, the CCJPA has
been working with Amtrak and Caltrans to begin implementation of a
key element of CCJPA’s Bicycle Access Plan – the addition of a
second, enhanced bike storage car on select trainsets assigned to the
Capitol Corridor. This will double the capacity of bike storage on
these trains due to (1) the completion of the retrofitted cab cars in
the Northern California IPR fleet; (2) the assignment of the six (6)
coach/bike cars (the 8200 series) to the Capitol Corridor (in turn,
the CCJPA released six coach cars to be assigned to the San Joaquin
service); and (3) the introduction of the Comet Car trainsets to the
San Joaquin service, which frees up extra cab/bike cars that can be
used as bike/coach cars on the Capitol Corridor to supplement the
8200-series coach/bike cars.

Work continues on the implementation of the at-station bicycle
amenities, which are also part of the Bicycle Access Plan. Funding
applications are being developed in concert with Caltrans/Local
Assistance to obtain an allocation of $556,000 from the California
Transportation Commission (CTC) to install e-Lockers and folding
bicycle rental systems. CTC action is anticipated no later than
summer 2014.

Outlook – Closing: The ridership increase in April 2014 for the Capitol Corridor is a movement in the right direction and has reduced the YTD ridership decline to -0.2%, compared to ridership during the same period last fiscal year. Revenue still trails by -2.4%. With fuel expenses and other operating costs even with budget projections, the revenue declines have resulted in a system operating ratio of 51% that is below the forecasted 53%. Other key service performance metrics – OTP and customer satisfaction – are performing at or above standard, and UPRR is on track to receive its maximum incentive payments for FY2014.

CIPR leaders will continue to work with Senator Jackson and other legislators, as well as the Governor’s agencies, to ensure that the Capitol Corridor and other successful CIPR services receive their fair share of the proposed Cap and Trade revenues to be used for investment in projects that expand and improve the safety and efficiency of these services, while also helping to meet the State’s clean air goals and implementation of sustainable community strategies.

CA Rail Statistics

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (March, 2014)

David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Service Performance Overview
In March 2014, both ridership and revenue for the Capitol Corridor were below last year’s March- results by 1.7% and 3.5% respectively. A total of 118,518 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains in March 2014. The ridership decrease was primarily due to the fact that Easter fell at the end of March in 2013 (compared to mid-April this year) and because of residual night-time track work performed by Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) between Richmond and Martinez. This track work required substituting the two last weekday trains (#548 and #551) with buses between Oakland and Sacramento and was completed in mid-March instead of February as originally planned.

Despite the track upgrade program, On-Time Performance (OTP) was an admirable 95%, resulting in a year-to-date (YTD) OTP of 95%, which keeps the Capitol Corridor on top of the leader board in the Amtrak system. The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) extends our appreciation to UPRR for performing this much needed state-of-good repair work at night instead of midday, which would have meant running fewer trains, potentially resulting in larger ridership losses.

The operating ratio was 57% in March 2014; however, the YTD ratio is at 51%, below the expected 53% due to YTD revenues being below projection.

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The CCJPA continues to address ridership losses at specific stations and trains in the following ways:

· Trains serving Placer County stations (one in each direction): In
meetings with local transit bus agencies in Placer County, we’ve
identified challenges in coordinating schedules and fares with the
one Capitol Corridor train to/from Sacramento. Staff is currently
working with Amtrak on various fare plans to address these
challenges.

· Sacramento station: At a second meeting at the site in late March, we
identified potential near-term parking locations that are closer to
the station than the existing ones. The group will be sure to
develop such plans in conjunction with Sacramento Regional Transit’s
efforts to relocate the current light-rail platform closer to the
tunnel entrance.

· Weekend trains: The February 17, 2014 timetable change included later
start times for the late-night train (weekday and weekend) out of the
Bay Area to Sacramento in order to provide return travel options for
Capitol Corridor passengers attending weekday Oakland A’s and Raiders
night games, as well as weekend evening events in San Francisco, San
Jose, and Oakland. Despite this schedule change, March 2014 weekend
ridership was 4% below March 2013 weekend counts. This was, however,
only the first full month with this new schedule. We will continue to
review how the weekend trains perform throughout the summer and
possibly make adjustments in July/August 2014 in conjunction with the
opening of the new Levi’s/49ers Stadium near the Santa Clara/Great
America station.

FY2015 Amtrak Operating Forecast Budget

On March 31, 2014, the CCJPA received the forecast from Amtrak for the FY2015 Capitol Corridor operating budget. The total budget (which includes an equipment capital charge for the use of Amtrak locomotives used on the corridor) is $32.264 million versus $29.331 million in the FY2014 operating contract, an increase of $2.933 million primarily due to $2.745 million in
lower forecast revenues and $0.275 million for the Amtrak locomotive usage fee. Operating expenses remain relatively flat for FY2015 versus FY2014 budgeted expenses. Over the next couple of months, the CCJPA will be working with Amtrak to make operational changes (e.g. consist sizing, revised train schedules) to increase revenues and/or reduce operating costs. These efforts will also involve Caltrans, which manages the other two California Intercity Passenger Rail (CIPR) services, as well as the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), which will be allocating the state funds to the CCJPA for the operation, marketing, and administration of the Capitol Corridor IPR service.

Cap and Trade Revenue Proposals: Investment in the CIPR Services The Governor’s Draft FY2014-15 budget includes $300 million in revenues from Cap and Trade auction proceeds for the Rail Modernization Program. The $300 million would be split – $250 million for the California High Speed Rail Authority to start construction of a high speed train system in the Central Valley, and $50 million for Caltrans’ allocation of competitive grants for existing rail transit agencies to integrate rail systems and provide connectivity to high speed rail.

CCJPA sent a letter, based on input provided by the CCJPA Board at its February 19, 2014 meeting, to Assembly Member Bloom (Chair of the Budget Subcommittee #3) and Senator Beall (Chair of the Budget Subcommittee #2) stating that the $50 million available to over 13 eligible rail transit services/agencies is unlikely to provide significant tangible benefits, and that the FY2014-15 Rail Modernization Program account should be increased tenfold, to $500 million from Cap and Trade revenues. The increased account could be distributed using a programmatic formula that is fair and equitable and would provide enough funds to allow the state’s passenger rail network and rail transit services to expand rail service levels to meet growing passenger demand, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, and support sustainability programs in our communities.

Select Committee on Passenger Rail (Senate and Assembly)
The Select Committee had its first hearing on March 19, 2014. Positive feedback was received from those in attendance, as well as those who participated. Speakers included CalSTA Secretary Brian Kelly; Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty; the readership/chairs and vice chairs of the CIPR agencies; Metrolink and ACE executives; members of the RailPAC advocacy group;, and members of the public, including riders from the CIPR trains. A key theme throughout the hearing was the need for a steady, reliable, and sustained capital/operating funding source to support the continued success of the three existing CIPR services, which represent three of five busiest Amtrak routes, and to allow for the implementation of emerging IPR corridor services in the Central Coast and Inland Empire. A second hearing is planned later in the spring (perhaps May).

Customer Service Program Upgrades

· CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: A key element of CCJPA’s Bicycle Access
Plan, the retrofitting of cab cars to increase bike storage in the
Northern California fleet, has been completed. Before the Bicycle
Access Program can be fully launched however, each of these cab cars
must be installed with Positive Train Control hardware, which is
scheduled for completion in June 2014. This will allow each Capitol
Corridor train to have a cab/bike car (the 8300-series or
6400-series) and a coach/bike car (the 8200 series) in the first (and
last?) position of each weekday train consist, nearly doubling the
storage capacity (from 15 to 29 spaces) for bikes on each train. For
at-station bicycle amenities, which are also part of the Bicycle
Access Plan, the CCJPA is completing the funding request materials,
specifically the environmental documentation, to obtain $556,000 from
the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to install the
eLockers and folding bicycle rental systems. CTC action is
anticipated no later than May 2014.

· Bike to Work Activities: Capitol Corridor is supporting a variety of
Bike to Work Day activities this year. Our participation reinforces
Capitol Corridor’s larger efforts to improve the connectivity between
bicycling and ridership on Capitol Corridor trains and encourage
weekend and midweek ridership among bicyclists who might otherwise
need to drive to their bicycling destinations. Our plans for
participation include: Sponsorship of 2013-14 Chinook Book coupon
book and mobile app being distributed at downtown Oakland’s Energizer
Station all day on May 8; cross-promotion of Bay Area Bike Month
events via social media, the website, and CC Rail Mail; participation
in downtown Sacramento’s Bike Fest the morning of May 8; partnership
with Yolo County Convention & Visitors Bureau – Capitol Corridor will
sponsor an expected 50 to 100 one-way train trips from Davis to
Sacramento in partnership with the Yolo County Convention & Visitors
Bureau; Tour de Cluck – Capitol Corridor will help promote (via
social media primarily) this unique Sacramento biking event that
involves biking to local chicken coops; update of bike page and more
prominent positioning of the page on the Capitol Corridor website;
and creation of a Spoke n’ Word blog post focusing on Bike Month
events within Capitol Corridor’s service area.

Safety Initiatives

· Safety Fences: With the approval of Phase 2 of the 2013 Fencing and
Security Enhancements project, a total of 15,802 feet of fencing will
be constructed along the Capitol Corridor in 2014.

· Positive Train Control. Installation of the PTC equipment on the
state-owned equipment is currently proceeding with all locomotives
equipped and installation on cab cars underway (~85% complete). The
completion date has slipped from April to early June 2014.

· Station Access Safety Improvements. A station-by-station site
analysis has been performed to identify a suite of upgrades to
lighting, signage, and access at all 17 stations. A program of work
is scheduled to begin in early May at the Davis station. This work
was originally planned to start a few weeks earlier, but was delayed
due to early April rainstorms and the need to secure railroad safety
workers to protect workers within the railroad right-of-way and at
the station platforms.

Project Updates

· Sacramento to Roseville Third Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
Engineering: The project team reached agreement on the alignment of
the planned third track and the selection of the location of the
Roseville station and the layover facility at its current location.
They are now proceeding with the release of a Notice of Preparation
(NOP), which launches the environmental documentation, in May 2014.
Extensive public participation will be included in the NOP, with
meetings in the Roseville and Sacramento areas, plus an extensive
online presence with public tools and participation opportunities for
people to provide feedback on the project.

· Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Track Project. CCJPA staff is set to begin
pre-development work with the selected consultant team. Initial
efforts include review of prior proposed projects, ridership and
revenue analysis based on planned service increases to/from San Jose,
and environmental screening of the proposed projects.

Outlook – Closing: Ridership for the Capitol Corridor in the first half of FY2014 (October 2013-March 2014) is slightly below [-0.8%] FY2013 ridership during the same period, and revenue trails by 3% . While fuel expenses and other costs are slightly under budget, the ridership decline has resulted in greater losses in revenues, contributing to a system operating ratio of 51% rather than the forecasted 53%. Other key service performance metrics — on-time performance and customer satisfaction — are #1 and #5 in the Amtrak system. UPRR has been able to meet its goal for OTP on the Capitol Corridor and are rightly receiving their OTP incentive payments. Staff continues to work with Amtrak to develop scheduling options that will improve system performance for the Capitol Corridor (increased ridership/revenues, reduced operating costs), while keeping the operation of the trains safe, reliable, and customer-focused.

CIPR leaders will continue to work with Senator Jackson and other legislators, as well as the Governor’s agencies to ensure that the Capitol Corridor and other successful CIPR services receive their fair share of the proposed Cap and Trade revenues for investment in projects to enhance and improve the efficiency and operation of services, while also helping to meet the state’s clean air goals and implement sustainable community strategies.