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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.

CA Rail Statistics

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (February, 2014)

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

Service Performance Overview
Capitol Corridor ridership and revenue for February 2014 were slightly below last February’s results: -1.6% and -2.7%, respectively. A total of 104,308 trips were made on the Capitol Corridor in February 2014 vs. 105,964 in February 2013. I attribute this decline in ridership to night-time track work performed by Union Pacific Railroad between Richmond and Martinez, which resulted in substituting the two last weekday trains (#548 and #551) with buses between Oakland and Sacramento. We greatly appreciate UPRR performing this much needed state-of-good repair at night instead of midday, which would have meant running fewer trains, resulting in larger ridership losses. This track work is expected to be completed in mid-March.

On-Time Performance (OTP) slipped to 92%, primarily due to Amtrak mechanical delays in the first week of February and delays to evening trains passing through the UPRR track work area. Reliability significantly increased from 87% in the first half of the month to 92% in the latter part of February. The operating ratio was 53% in February 2014 keeping the year-to-date (YTD) ratio at 50%, below plan of 53% due to YTD revenues being below projection.

Work continues to address ridership losses at specific stations and trains as follows:

  • Trains serving Placer County stations (one in each direction): Meetings with local transit bus agencies in Placer County have identified challenges to coordinate schedules and fares with the one Capitol Corridor train to/from Sacramento. Staff is developing a plan to address these challenges. Sacramento station: A follow-up meeting is scheduled in late March to scope out near-term projects that can improve access to the relocated platforms.
  • 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.
  • FY 14-15 Draft State Budget
    The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget was released on January 9, 2014, which included the California State Transportation agency’s (CalSTA) recommendations to focus this year’s budget on three areas: maintaining existing transportation nfrastructure, modernizing rail, and supporting local governments as they implement sustainable communities’ plans pursuant to SB 375.

  • CA Intercity Passenger Rail Operating Budget – The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget provides funding of $108.9 million to support the operation on the three intercity passenger rail routes (San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner and Capitol Corridor), which is equal to last year’s FY 13-14 budget. The Governor’s draft budget may be updated as part of the May Revise based on Amtrak’s submittal of final FY 14-15 operating (and ridership and revenue) estimates which are expected from Amtrak in late March, 2014.
  • Cap and Trade Auction Proceeds – The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget also includes $300 million in revenues from Cap and Trade auction proceeds for the Rail Modernization Program that 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 Assemblymember Bloom (Chair of the Budget Subcommittee #3) stating the $50 million that is available to over thirteen eligible rail transit services/agencies is unlikely to provide significant tangible benefits and that the FY 14-15 Rail Modernization Program account should be increased ten fold to $500 million from Cap and Trade revenues. The increased account could be distributed via a programmatic formula that is fair and equitable and would have 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. Initial comments from committee members and others indicated that the first hearing was a success. A more detailed summary will be provided next month. A second hearing is planned later in spring (perhaps May). Two documents were developed and prepared by the California Intercity Passenger Rail (CIPR) leadership (Chairs, Vice Chairs, senior staff of the CCJPA, LOSSAN JPA, San Joaquin JPA, and emerging IPR corridor agencies) and distributed at the hearing [California Intercity Passenger Rail 2014 Report and List of Supporters]. Efforts continue to develop a similar committee in the Assembly.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades

  • CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: Retrofitting of cab cars in the Northern California fleet for additional bike storage has been completed, but before the Bicycle Access Program can be launched, each of these cab cars must have Positive Train Control hardware installed, which is scheduled for completion in May 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 first position of each weekday train consist, therefore nearly doubling the storage capacity (from 15 to 29 spaces) for bikes on each train. For at station bicycle amenities, 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.
  • Improvements to CCJPA Website and Automated Interactive Voice Response System. Staff has begun the procurement process to update the CCJPA website and improve the CCJPA train status web/mobile device application. Once a vendor is selected, it is anticipated that these updates will be done in six to eight weeks (late spring 2014).
  • 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 (~80 complete). Completion is expected by April 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 April (weather permitting).
  • Project Updates

  • Sacramento to Roseville Third Track Environmental Review/Preliminary Engineering: A variety of design options along the existing route between Sacramento and the Roseville area have been considered, which mainly involve determining which side of UPRR’s track right-of-way would accommodate the planned third track while keeping the optimal location for the Roseville station at its current location. The project team is evaluating the potential locations for layover facility/yard, within the vicinity of the station, which will not jeopardize the operation of the UPRR’s Roseville Yard. The CCJPA anticipates that a Notice of Preparation (NOP), which launches the environmental documentation, will be initiated in approximately April 2014. An extensive public participation will be launched along with the NOP. This public participation process includes meetings in the Roseville and Sacramento areas plus an extensive online presence with public tools and participation opportunities for people to interact with the project.
  • Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Track Project. CCJPA staff is set to begin pre-development work with the selected consultant team. Initial work 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 for the first four months of FY2014 (October 2013-February 2014) is slightly below [-0.6%] FY2013 YTD and revenue is 3% below. Fuel expenses are slightly under budget; however, revenues are under projections, leading the system operating ratio to be at 50% rather than the forecasted 53%. Other key service performance sectors — on-time performance and customer satisfaction — are exceptional. UPRR has been able to meet its goal for OTP on the Capitol Corridor and monthly customer ratings of the service remain in the top five of the Amtrak system. 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.

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (January, 2014)

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

    Service Performance Overview
    The service performance results in January 2014 for the Capitol Corridor were mixed. Ridership for January 2014 slightly increased 0.6% compared
    with prior year-month results, while revenue was 3.8% below January 2013. On-time performance (OTP) was once again a spectacular 97%, moving year to-date (YTD) OTP up to 97%. Capitol Corridor continues to be the most reliable train service in the Amtrak system. These ridership and OTP results are even more remarkable as Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) began a night-time tie replacement project [mid-January through February 2014] that resulted in two late night trains being replaced by buses.

    Initial analyses have identified ridership losses at specific stations and trains and staff has been working with our partners to address these
    deficiencies:
    · Sacramento Station: Meetings with the City of Sacramento have begun to determine near-term projects that can improve access; in addition, within the next 3 years, Sacramento Regional Transit anticipates its light rail platform will be relocated to the tunnel portal, which could reduce travel time between Capitol Corridor and Sac RT light rail trains by up to 50%.
    · Davis Station: Discussions with the City of Davis are continuing to determine near-term efforts to increase parking at satellite locations as the current Depot lot is filled by 7am on weekdays.
    · Trains serving Placer County stations (one in each direction): Meetings have begun with local transit bus agencies in Placer County to review the feasibility of coordinated schedules and fares with the one Capitol Corridor train to/from Sacramento.
    · Midday weekday and weekend trains: Targeted promotions have been initiated, and staff is awaiting results from Amtrak.

    FY 14-15 Draft State Budget
    The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) formed a work group to establish priorities for transportation expenditures and evaluate how state government can best direct and assist in the development of high priority investments that will meet the state’s infrastructure needs. To that end, the CalSTA Secretary and this stakeholder group developed a plan titled “California Transportation Investment Priorities” (CTIP). The Governor’s
    Draft FY 14-15 Budget (released on January 9, 2014), using input from the CTIP team, recommends focusing on three areas: maintaining existing
    transportation infrastructure, modernizing rail, and supporting local governments as they implement sustainable community’s plans pursuant to SB 375.

    · CA Intercity Passenger Rail Operating Budget – The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget provides funding of $108.9 million to support the operation on the three intercity passenger rail routes (San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner and Capitol Corridor), which is equal to last year’s FY 13-14 budget. The Governor’s draft budget may be updated as part of the May Revise based on Amtrak’s submittal of final FY 14-15 operating (and ridership and revenue) estimates which are expected from Amtrak in late March 2014.

    · Cap and Trade Auction Proceeds – The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget also includes $400 million in revenues from Cap and Trade auction proceeds:
    – $300 million for Rail Modernization: $250 million for the California High Speed Rail Authority to start construction of high speed train system in the Central Valley plus $50 million for Caltrans’ allocation of competitive grants for existing rail transit agencies to integrate rail systems and provide connectivity to HST.
    – $100 million for Sustainable Communities Strategies: Strategic Growth Council will allocate these funds to support investments towards the implementation of SB 375 sustainable communities strategies (i.e., transit and transit?oriented development, active transportation).

    Select Committee on Passenger Rail (Senate and Assembly)
    On January 22, 2014, the State Senate Rules Committee approved the formation of the Senate Select Committee on Passenger Rail. State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has been appointed as Chair of the Select Committee with Senator Mark DeSaulnier, serving as Vice-Chair. Other committee members include Senator Marty Block, Senator Anthony Cannella, Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Senator Jerry Hill, Senator Carol Liu, and Senator Alex Padilla. The first hearing of the select committee is planned in Spring 2014. The Guiding Principles adopted by the CCJPA Board were used to help formulate the mission of the select committee, which will examine investment (from state and federal and local funds) to (1) continue the success of the state’s IPR services and (2) ensure investment also supports an integrated passenger rail network of intercity, commuter and high speed trains.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    · February 17, 2014 Timetable/Schedule Change: The CCPA implemented a timetable change on February 17, 2014 to coincide with UPPR’s completion of its tie renewal program (between Richmond and Martinez). Highlights of this timetable change are later start times for the last night train (weekday and weekend) out of the Bay Area to Sacramento in order to provide travel home 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.
    · CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: Retrofitting of cab cars in the Northern California fleet for additional bike storage has been completed, but before the Bicycle Access Program can be launched, each of these cab cars must have Positive Train Control hardware installed, which is scheduled for completion in May 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 position #1 of each weekday train consist, therefore nearly doubling the storage capacity for bikes on each train (from 15 to 29 spaces). For at-station bicycle amenities, 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.
    · eTicketing Upgrades: At the CCJPA’s request, in January 2014 Amtrak has launched conductor wireless printers for seat-checks and sales receipts as well as software upgrades to allow for print-at-home multi-ride tickets, which can be stored on mobile devices.
    · Improvements to CCJPA Website and Automated Interactive Voice Response System. Staff has begun the procurement process to update the CCJPA website and improve the CCJPA train status web/mobile device application. Once a vendor is selected, it is anticipated that these updates will be done in 6 to 8 weeks (late Spring 2014).

    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 (~80% complete). Completion is expected by April 2014.

    Project Updates
    · Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary Engineering: A variety of design options along the existing route between Sacramento and the Roseville area have been considered which mainly involve on which side of UPRR’s track right-of-way would accommodate the planned 3rd track with the optimal location for the Roseville Station at its current location. Within the vicinity of the station, the project team is evaluating the potential locations for layover facility/yard that does not jeopardize the operation of the UPRR’s Roseville Yard. The CCJPA anticipates that a Notice of Preparation (NOP), which launches the environmental documentation, will be initiated in approximately April 2014. An extensive public participation will be launched along with the NOP. This public participation process includes hosted meetings in the Roseville and Sacramento areas plus an extensive online presence with other tools and public participation opportunities for people to interact with the project on their own time.
    · Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Track Project. CCJPA staff is currently in negotiations at this time with BART staff assisting with the normal audit of the top team’s compensation rates. A signed contract between CCJPA and the selected vendor is expected by mid-February 2014. The team will be responsible, on a task order issued basis, for leading the design and environmental effort for a series of sub-projects that will be part of the overall Oakland to San Jose Phase 2 track improvements.

    Marketing Update:

    Outlook – Closing: Ridership for the Capitol Corridor for the first third of the FY2014 (October 2013-January 2014) is slightly below FY2013 YTD and revenue has dropped 3%, which in turn has reduced the system operating ratio to 49%. Yet other service performance sectors — on-time performance and customer satisfaction — are increasing. UPRR has been able to maintain its commitment to superior OTP for the Capitol Corridor, which has resulted in the lowest amount of delay minutes in the Amtrak system. Staff will continue to analyze and implement feasible scheduling options to improve system performance [increased ridership/revenues, reduced operating costs] while ensuring that the Capitol Corridor remains a safe, customer-focused, reliable, premier intercity passenger rail service.

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Statistics for December, 2013

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

    Ridership on Capitol Corridor in December 2013 was 111,722, an increase of
    three percent over December 2012. This was the first time in FY2014 that for a given month was higher than the ridership of its prior year
    month. As a result, revenues for December 2013 were 3.5% above those of December 2012. This ridership boost is attributed to (1) the Thanksgiving
    travel week extended into Sunday, December 1, and (2) strong weekend ridership [+4.9% compared to December 2012], especially during the last two
    weekends of the holiday season.

    On-time performance (OTP) for December 2013 was an extraordinary 98% thanks in large part to excellent dispatching by Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and Caltrain, plus a steady and significant drop in Amtrak mechanical delay minutes. The year-to-date system operating ratio is 50%, below the 53%
    standard due to decreased ridership/revenues.

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    As follow up from earlier reports, the analyses on the ridership declines indicate that there have been continued customer losses at the Placer
    County, Sacramento and Davis stations, as well as on the midday trains. Weekend ridership also remains flat. To stimulate ridership at these
    stations and during off-peak time periods, we have reinstituted the Senior 50% mid-week and 50% weekend travel discounts. Both discount promotions
    will be monitored to determine their effectiveness. Early analysis shows that the 50% weekend discount seems to have helped boost ridership in the
    second half of December 2013. Discussions are now underway with the communities of Davis and Sacramento and Placer County to address the
    ridership declines in these markets.

    In a parallel effort, CCJPA and Amtrak staffs are evaluating changes to the weekday and weekend operating plans to determine if cost efficiencies
    and/or ridership gains can be achieved. Any changes to the operating plans 0and train schedules that are achievable and can improve service performance (ridership, revenues and cost efficiencies) will be implemented no earlier than late summer/early fall 2014.

    Restated FY2013 Financial Results

    In earlier monthly performance reports, it was reported that monthly fuel invoices from Amtrak were coming in up to 44% under budget. Initially
    these financials were attributed to the 480-volt plug-in cabinets at the new Sacramento Valley station platforms (allowing trains to power up
    without using fuel during multi-hour layovers) and the repowered, more fuel-efficient engines in the California locomotives. This, however,
    proved too good to be true. After inquiries from CCJPA staff to Amtrak requesting a review of these monthly invoices, specifically to examine the
    significant drop in gallons of fuel invoiced at Sacramento, Amtrak reported that the fuel pumped from the new underground fuel tank had not been
    properly accounted for between January and September 2013. Amtrak submitted a restated annual invoice for FY2013 that corrected the monthly
    fuel consumption and corresponding costs to Capitol Corridor. This restated invoice changes the reported financials, resulting in a reduced
    system operating ratio of 49%, compared to the initial report of 52%. Going into FY2014, Amtrak has committed to frequent, regularly scheduled
    meetings (no less than quarterly) to review monthly invoices and service performance results. We anticipate that these meetings will result in more informed and timely decisions for any adjustments to service to meet the contractual budget.

    On a positive note, the fuel invoices from Amtrak did indicate that fuel consumption for FY2013 dropped by 111,000 gallons compared to FY2012 due to
    the 480-volt power cabinets in Sacramento and the repowered California 00locomotive engines.

    Funding Outlook

    State/California
    – Draft FY2014-15 State Budget: On January 9, 2014, the Governor
    released his draft State Budget for FY2014-15, which includes $108.9
    million to support the operation of the three California intercity
    passenger rail (IPR) services (San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and
    Pacific Surfliner). This IPR operating budget conforms with Passenger
    Rail Improvement and Investment Act (PRIIA) Section 209 Policy for
    the pricing of Amtrak-operated, state-supported IPR services.

    The Governor’s draft budget identifies $300 million in proceeds from
    Cap and Trade Auction revenues for the Rail Modernization Program:
    $250 million to support the development of the Initial Operating
    Segment (IOS) of the California High Speed Train (HST) system between
    the San Fernando Valley and Merced and $50 million for projects that
    connect public rail transit services with the HST system. Details of
    the Rail Modernization Program and the allocation and appropriation
    of the Cap and Trade Revenues are expected to be fully vetted during
    this year’s legislative session.

    – Select Committee on Passenger Rail (Senate and Assembly): Progress
    continues in the Senate under the leadership of State Senator
    Hannah-Beth Jackson’s office to develop a Select Committee on
    Passenger Rail. Similar efforts are underway in the Assembly to
    develop a similar select committee. The purpose of these select
    committees is to garner support within the legislature to increase
    investment in the state’s passenger rail system.

    Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization

    It is unclear how Congress will address the expiration and subsequent reauthorization of the federal Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment
    Act of 2008, which expired on October 16, 2013. This act covers Amtrak authorization and the current railroad safety programs, including Positive
    Train Control (PTC). APTA has recently adopted a program for the federal investment in a national intercity passenger rail network that includes
    state-sponsored IPR routes, the Amtrak system and planned high/higher speed train services. This program presents principles that will then be
    referenced into APTA’s documents supporting the upcoming surface transportation authorization efforts of MAP-21, thereby helping to establish a federally-funded Rail Title. CCJPA staff continues to work with AASHTO and other interested agencies to prepare and advance principles similar to those adopted by APTA.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    • Bicycle Access Plan: A launch of the on-board element of the Plan is set
    for Spring 2014 now that all the cab cars have been modified for added bike
    storage and the remaining five modified cab cars are going through PTC
    equipment installation. Capitol Corridor has been able to double bicycle
    capacity on select trains with heavy bike use by adding a second car with
    expanded bike storage (a baggage/bike car). This enhanced storage has been
    made possible through the collaboration of the CCJPA and Caltrans, whereby
    Capitol Corridor receives one baggage/bike car from the San Joaquin fleet
    in exchange for one regular coach car from the Capitol Corridor fleet.

    At-station elements of the Plan are proceeding with a deployment during 2014 of at-station facilities (eLockers and/or folding bicycle rental
    programs).

    Safety Initiatives

    • On-board installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) Equipment:
    Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is
    proceeding. All California owned locomotives have been equipped (final
    commissioning to begin once all radio antennas are received and installed)
    and installation on cab cars is underway (~70% complete).

    • Safety Fences: With the recent allocation of nearly $1 million by the
    CCJPA Board in fall 2013, UPRR is proceeding with an expedited program of
    safety fence installations along sections of the route in 2014 where
    incidents of unauthorized trespassing and vandalism have been reported
    (West Sacramento, Davis, Solano County).

    • Employee/Passenger Injuries: The Capitol Corridor had a very safe first
    quarter of FY2014 with only one reported Amtrak employee injury and two
    passenger injuries, which were relatively similar to the first quarter of
    FY2013. Unfortunately, during this same period, there were four trespasser
    fatalities, compared to three in the prior year quarter.

    Marketing Updates
    • The CCJPA has taken immediate action to address ridership declines with
    the launch of the 50% online fare discount for weekend travel and the
    popular Senior 50% discount for mid-week travel. Future promotions may be
    developed and released pending the results of actions to address other
    underperforming markets: Placer County and the Davis and Sacramento
    stations.

    Outlook: The end of the first quarter in FY2014 shows some good tidings on the Capitol Corridor. Positive ridership and revenue results for December 2013 helped keep the loss in year-to-date ridership and revenues to -3% each. The Capitol Corridor is still the third busiest service in the Amtrak system, as well as the most reliable with a 96% OTP. This strong 0erformance has helped us maintain high customer satisfaction scores and retain a solid ridership base. Concurrently, we continue to work with our operating and funding partners to complete pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County), and to develop advocacy strategies to secure capital grant funds to construct these service expansion projects.

    CA Rail Statistics

    November 2013 Capitol Corridor Service Performance

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

    The performance results for both ridership and revenue continued to decline in November 2013 when compared to November 2012.

    For November 2013, a total of 117,891 passengers rode the Capitol Corridor trains, representing a 6.8% drop in ridership and an 8.2% decline in revenues versus November 2012. Specifically, ridership for the Thanksgiving week (November 25 – December 1, 2013) was 4.8% below the 2012 results. These 2013 holiday results were equal to the Thanksgiving 2010 report. A minor portion of these ridership losses can be attributed to having the last day of the Thanksgiving week fall on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

    On-time performance (OTP), however, continues to maintain a superior level of 96%, keeping the Capitol Corridor as the most reliable service in the Amtrak network. The year-to-date system operating ratio is 51%, below the 53% standard due to decreased ridership/revenues.

    As stated in earlier reports, our an initial analysis of our downward ridership trend has revealed that the largest sustained customer losses are occurring at the Placer County, Sacramento and Davis stations, and on the midday trains. Efforts are underway now to reverse these trends. Some immediate actions include the reinstitution of the Seniors 50% discount on midday trains and the 50% on-line fare discount for weekend travel.

    Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), our host railroad, continues to maintain the railroad in a good state of repair thanks in part due to the annual CCJPA/UPRR Capitalized Maintenance Program and disciplined dispatching. The delay minutes that can be attributed to UPRR are the lowest in the Amtrak system and have been trending even further downward since August 2013.

    After concerted efforts with our service partners and local communities, third party associated delays (such as trespasser incidents and bridge lifts) and mechanical delays due to Amtrak maintenance have also declined and have pushed the OTP to continuously be above 95%.

    Funding Outlook, State/California

    Draft FY 14-15 State Budget: In January 2014, the Governor will release his draft State Budget for FY 14-15. The State Budget Act of 2013 for FY 13-14 included $108.9 million to support the operation of the three CA IPR services (San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner), an increase of $18.6 million to conform with the implementation of the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy for the nation’s twenty-seven (27) Amtrak-operated, state supported IPR services. It is anticipated that the Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 State Budget will continue with this conformance to PRIIA Section 209 for the three CA IPR services.

    It is unclear what the Governor’s draft budget will include for Cap and Trade Auction revenues. If such revenues are included in the draft budget, eligible projects are expected to include: rail modernization and system integration (including intercity and high speed rail); expanded transit and ridership programs; infrastructure; livable communities; transit-oriented development; and active transportation.

    Select Committee on Passenger Rail (Senate and Assembly): CCJPA and other California IPR agency staff have been working with State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s office to develop a Select Committee in the Senate that will pursue growth in investment for the state’s passenger rail system. Concurrently efforts are underway to develop a similar select committee in the Assembly.

    Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization

    Recently, there has been some movement to produce federal legislation to reauthorize the Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment Act of 2008, which expired on October 16, 2013. This act covers Amtrak authorization and the current railroad safety programs, including Positive Train Control (PTC). APTA has recently adopted a program for the federal investment in a national intercity passenger rail network that includes state-sponsored IPR routes, the Amtrak system and planned high/higher speed train services. This program presents principles that will then be referenced into APTA’s documents supporting the upcoming surface transportation authorization efforts of MAP-21, thereby helping to establish a federally-funded Rail Title. CCJPA staff also continues to work with AASHTO and other interested agencies to prepare and advance principles similar to those adopted by APTA.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    Bicycle Access Plan: A launch of the on-board element of the Plan is set for Spring 2014 once the all the cab cars have been modified for added bike storage and the PTC equipment has been installed in these cars. Concurrently, on some of the trains with heavy bike utilization, the CCJPA is working to replace one regular coach car with a coach/baggage car which has expanded lower level bike space (similar to modified cab cars).

    In concert, at-station elements of Plan are moving forward over the next year (2014) to deploy the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs once all funding and related agreements are completed by late January 2014.

    Safety Initiatives
    On-Board Installation of Positive Train Control Equipment:

    • Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is proceeding. All California owned locomotives have been equipped and installation on cab cars is underway (~60% complete).
    • Safety Fences: Continued investment to secure the right-of-way and deter trespassers via fence projects in North Richmond and the Suisun/Fairfield Station.
    • Grade Crossing Upgrades: Outreach has begun with local communities to assist the CCJPA in addressing delays and safety concerns associated with a recent spike in cars getting stuck on the tracks. These incidents are occurring at or near the Oakland Jack London Station/Embarcadero roadway, causing delays of 30 minutes or more.

    Marketing Updates While the 50% train fare discount for weekend travel and popular Seniors ride for 50% off on selected weekday midday trains are currently underway to fill the weekend and midday weekday ridership gaps, the CCJPA is working with Amtrak to address other underperforming markets: Placer County, Davis and Sacramento stations.

    Outlook: While the ridership and revenues for the first two months of FY 2014 are 5% and 6% below FY 2013, respectively, the Capitol Corridor remains the third busiest service in the Amtrak system and the most reliable with a 96% OTP. The Capitol Corridor has a solid foundation of loyal, frequent riders supported by the commitment from our service partners to safety, reliability and high quality customer service. Targeted marketing programs are underway and being developed to address ridership losses with the intent to push ridership levels into positive results. The CCJPA team working with operating and funding partners continue to complete pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County), as well as developing advocacy strategies to secure capital grant funds to construct these service expansion projects.

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Statistics (October, 2013)

    By David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
    Service Performance Overview
    FY2013 Projected Results

    Year-over-year ridership on the Capitol Corridor trains was even with last September. 132,937 passengers rode the Capitol Corridor trains in September 2013, closing out FY 2013 with a total of 1.70 million riders and representing a ridership decrease of 2.6% (or a loss of approximately 45,000 riders).

    Revenues for September 2013 were down 3.6% compared to September 2012, with total FY 2013 revenues down 1.1% below FY 2012. Ridership losses appear to be lessening as ridership for the last quarter of FY 2013 (July – September 2013) was even with the same quarter in FY 2012 as compared to the first three quarters of FY 2013 (October 2012 – June 2012) was 3.4% below the first three quarters of FY 2012.

    Despite these ridership and revenue declines, on-time performance (OTP) for the Capitol Corridor was a remarkable 97% for September 2013. The superior OTP for September 2013 resulted in the Capitol Corridor finishing FY 2013 as the most reliable service [95%] in the Amtrak system for the fourth year in a row. This is a magnificent accomplishment and brings to light the strong commitment by our operating partners to the reliable and safe operation of the Capitol Corridor trains — Caltrain, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and Bar Pilots [tug boat operators who request the lifting of the Benicia-Martinez Rail Drawbridge].

    The year-end system operating ratio improved to 51% primarily due to lower fuel prices and reduced fuel consumption. With the installation of the power cabinets at the Sacramento Valley Station, the engines of the five trainsets lay overnight are turned off and power is supplied through the electrical power cabinets at the ends of the platforms, which has reduced FY 2013 fuel consumption at Sacramento by 64% through August 2013 and lowered system fuel costs by approximately 41%.

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    The analyses of the final ridership reports for FY 2013 draw sharp conclusions on the ridership losses:

    • The top five city pairs experienced a decline of 26,000 and each
      of these city pairs were affiliated with Sacramento Station, which
      was 6% below last year’s results
    • #6 -#10 city pairs had ridership decreases of 31,000 and three of
      these five city pairs were affiliated with Davis Station, which
      was 5% below last year’s results
    • Combined together, the Davis and Sacramento stations experienced
      ridership decreases of 40,000, representing 88% of the loss in
      ridership in FY 2013. Davis had 10,000 less boardings and
      Sacramento had 30,000 less boardings when compared total ridership
      loss of 45,000 boardings.
    • A train-by-train analysis indicates that ridership on:
      o Weekday peak travel trains (morning and late
      afternoon/evening) are about equal to or slighting below
      [-2% to -3%] compared to FY 2012 with the exception of the
      Placer County trains which are down 10%.
      o Weekday midday trains are significantly below [-10%] last
      year’s results
      o Weekend trains are either even with or slightly below [0% to
      3%] struggling

    The next step is to conduct a detailed review of the station boardings and alightings for each weekday and weekend train to get a better understanding of which markets are underperforming and develop marketing and promotional programs to turn around these ridership losses.

    October 2013 Results
    Ridership for October 2013 was 125,807 passengers, which was unfortunately 3.4% below the ridership results for last October. Starting in FY 2014 Amtrak adjusted ridership reports to account for the actual tickets lifted via the scanning of tickets by the conductors. This reflects a better, truer utilization of the trains. Previously, multiride tickets were not directly logged into the system but the passenger counts for multiride tickets were estimated based on assumed usage (i.e., 42 trips were attributed to monthly tickets). While the new reporting system has recently been implemented in October 2013, CCJPA staff has been tracking actual passenger counts from daily e-ticketing reports since September 2012 and have seen that previous monthly ridership reports overestimated ridership by 15%-20%. This adjustment for overestimated ridership counts can be seen in the ridership report for October 2013. For October 2013, the daily e-ticketing reports showed that lower passenger counts for weekday and weekend trains in the beginning of the month during the discussions and developments surrounding the BART strike. During the four-day BART strike, ridership on the trains spiked upwards by 10%-15%. After the BART strike, train counts picked up during the second half of the month and resembled counts from the same period in October 2012.

    Note that even with this 15%-20% downward adjustment, the Capitol Corridor remains as the 3rd busiest route in the Amtrak system.

    Initial ticket revenues were reported to be 9.9% below October 2012; however, based on projections from Amtrak that the ridership adjustment would not affect revenues, staff requested an immediate review of why revenues dropped so significantly. Amtrak promptly conducted its review and concluded that there was a delay in reporting accrued revenues from 10-ride tickets in October 2013. As such, the ticket revenues were adjusted upwards resulting in a reported decrease in revenues of 4.5% which
    is better than the initial report of a 9.9% decrease. The adjusted revenues improved the system operating (or farebox) ratio to be 54%, compared to 51% from last October. Amtrak has indicated that the actual reported revenues for the remainder of FY2014 starting in November 2013 will better align with previous FY2013 monthly results as well as with the FY2014 monthly budget projections.

    The Capitol Corridor did start the year well with on-time performance of 96% for October 2013.

    NOTE: Mr. Kutrosky did not provide data for the other California corridors in this report.

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol and other CA Corridor Statistics (September, 2013)

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

    Year-over-year ridership on the Capitol Corridor trains was even with last September. 132,937 passengers rode the Capitol Corridor trains in September 2013, closing out FY 2013 with a total of 1.70 million riders and representing a 2.6% decrease in riders compared to FY 2012. Revenues for September 2013 were down 3.6% compared to September 2012, with total FY 2013 revenues down 1.1% below FY 2012. Ridership losses appear to be lessening as ridership for the last quarter of FY 2013 (July – September 2013) was even with the same quarter in FY 2012 as compared to the first three quarters of FY 2013 (October 2012 – June 2012) was 3.4% below the
    first three quarters of FY 2012.

    As we continue to review and analyze the daily conductor e-Ticketing reports, midday weekday trains are underperforming compared to last year. Detailed data at stations available for the period of October 2012 through August 2013 indicate that ridership is decreasing at the Sacramento [-6%], Roseville [-24%], Rocklin [-11%], Fremont [-11%] and Davis [-6%] stations.

    Despite these ridership and revenue declines, on-time performance (OTP) for the Capitol Corridor was a remarkable 97% for September 2013. In fact, there were 15 days in September 2013 where all Capitol Corridor were on-time, representing a “100%” day. The superior OTP for September 2013 allowed the Capitol Corridor to finish FY 2013 as the most reliable service [95%] in the Amtrak system for the fourth year in a row. This is a magnificent accomplishment and brings to light the strong commitment by our operating partners to the reliable and safe operation of the Capitol Corridor trains — Caltrain, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and Bar Pilots [tug boat operators who request the lifting of the Benicia-Martinez Rail
    Drawbridge]..

    The year-end system operating ratio improved to 51% primarily due to lower fuel prices and reduced fuel consumption. With the installation of the power cabinets at the Sacramento Valley Station, the engines of the five trainsets lay overnight are turned off and power is supplied through the electrical power cabinets at the ends of the platforms, which has reduced FY 2013 fuel consumption at Sacramento by 64% through August 2013 and lowered system fuel costs by approximately 41%.

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    Funding Outlook
    CCJPA FY14 Budget/Amtrak Operating Agreement

    On September 16, 2013, the new California State Transportation Agency [CSTA] (formerly the State Business, Transportation and Housing Agency) sent the CCJPA its allocation letter for the CCJPA’s FY14 budget which includes funds to support Amtrak’s operation of the Capitol Corridor train (and feeder bus) service. The CCJPA Board of Directors adopted the budget and also authorized the execution of the CCJPA/Amtrak FY2014 operating agreement, which covers the period of October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014 and conforms with the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy for state-sponsored Amtrak-operated intercity passenger rail (IPR) services. Execution of this operating agreement allows for the continued operation of the Capitol Corridor trains despite the recent federal government shutdown.

    Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization
    To-date there has been no or limited progress to reauthorize the Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment Act of 2008, which expires on October 16, 2013 and covers Amtrak authorization and the current railroad safety programs, including Positive Train Control (PTC). Over the last nine months, CCJPA staff continues to be active in working with APTA, AASHTO and other interested agencies to prepare and advance principles that will lay out the development of a multi-year federal capital grants program (using new revenue sources) that would be distributed to state-supported IPR and HST services. APTA is expected to adopt a set of principles at its Board of Directors meeting later this year. These principles will then be referenced into APTA’s documents supporting the upcoming surface transportation
    authorization efforts of MAP-21, thereby helping to establish a federally-funded Rail Title.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    • Bicycle Access Plan: While there has been a delay in the launch of the on-board bike policy enforcement program until Spring 2014 (due to the installation of PTC equipment on the cab cars), the cab cars that have been outfitted with PTC controls and added bike storage are in service on some Capitol Corridor trains. Concurrently, the CCJPA is working to replace one regular coach car with a Coach/baggage car which has expanded lower level bike space (similar to modified cab cars) on some of the trains with heavy bike utilization.

    The other at-station elements of the Bicycle Access Plan are moving forward with funding agreements and allocation requests to support those actions. The CTC is expected to allocate the final bulk of the funding ($556,000 in December 2013) and once all the agreements and paperwork are in place, the CCJPA will begin the process of deploying the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs thereafter.

    Safety Initiatives
    • On-Board Installation of Positive Train Control Equipment: Installation
    of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is proceeding. All
    California owned locomotives have been equipped and installation on cab
    cars is underway (~50% complete).

    • Safety Fences: Continued investment to secure the right-of-way and deter
    trespassers via fence projects in North Richmond and the Suisun/Fairfield
    Station.

    • Grade Crossing Upgrades: To address delays and address community safety
    concerns, the CCJPA is working with UPRR and Amtrak to develop a action
    plan and funding program to prevent cars from getting stuck on the tracks.
    There has been a recent increase in these incidents at or near the Oakland
    Jack London Station/Embarcadero roadway (which have caused 30+ minute
    delays to the trains).

    Marketing Updates
    • CCJPA’s Marketing Team is working to fill the weekend and midday weekday
    ridership gaps by re-introducing the (1) 50 percent train fare discount for
    weekend travel and (2) popular Seniors ride for 50% off on selected weekday
    midday trains.

    Outlook/Closing: For FY 2013, the Capitol Corridor could not keep with last year’s record-setting ridership and revenue results. Capitol Corridor trains carried 1.70 million riders in FY2013, a 2.6% decrease compared to FY 2012 with revenues down 1.1% versus FY 2012. Ridership losses, however, appear to be going away as ridership is even with the last quarter of FY 2013 (July – September 2013) compared the same quarter in FY 2012. The Capitol Corridor enjoys a solid base of frequent users (both weekday and weekend) thanks in large part to the consistently high-quality and reliable customer-focused operation of the trains [OTP of 96% in last six months of FY2013] and CCJPA and Amtrak management keenly focused on continuously improving customer satisfaction. Targeted marketing over the first 6 months in FY2014 should help to push ridership levels from flat to positive results. The CCJPA team working with operating and funding partners continue to complete pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County), as well as developing advocacy strategies to secure capital grant funds to construct these service expansion projects.

    Capitol Corridor September 2013
    – Ridership: 132,937 riders; +0.0% vs. Sept. 2012; -2.6% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,328,922; -3.6% vs. Sept 2012; -1.1% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 97%, FY 2013 OTP of 95% (#1 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 51% YTD vs. 50% in FY2012
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    Pacific Surfliners September 2013:
    – Ridership: 207,310 passengers; -2.3% vs. Sept 2012; +2.5% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: -1.2% vs. Sept 2012; +6.8% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 83% (FY2013 on-time performance: 85%)
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    San Joaquin September 2013:
    – Ridership: 91,129 passengers -0.9% vs. Sept 2012; +6.62% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: -1.5% vs. Sept 2012; +1.9% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 84% (FY 2013 on-time performance: 78%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol and other CA Corridor Statistics (August, 2013)

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

    Capitol Corridor Service Performance

    After a bounce in ridership in July 2013, ridership dropped in August 2013 by 2.2% compared to August 2012. A total of 143,080 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains in August. Initial evaluation of conductor counts indicated that ridership for August 2013 was even with August 2012 for the first 3½ weeks; however, weekday trains had lower ridership counts during the last week of August 2013 when the Bay Bridge was closed for the final cutover to the eastern span. Revenue for August was slightly below August 2012 by 0.7%

    On-time performance (OTP) for the Capitol Corridor improved to 96%, keeping the Capitol Corridor as the most reliable train service in the Amtrak system. The year-to-date system operating ratio is meeting business plan standard due to reduced operating expenses, primarily due to lower diesel fuel prices and lower consumption of fuel.

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    Service Reliability ImprovementsSuisun-Martinez Drawbridge. The delays from lifting the Suisun-Martinez Drawbridge for ships passing along the Carquinez Strait have reduced over the past couple of months thanks to a new joint program launched between the San Francisco Bar Pilots, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and the CCJPA. The parties worked together to identify the most opportune times to successfully move marine traffic under the raised drawbridge; taking into full consideration currents, tide levels and other marine traffic, etc., while also seeking to minimize delays to the Capitol Corridor trains. A recent evaluation of this new program did indeed show tremendous progress — delays to Capitol Corridor passenger trains passing over the drawbridge between March and August 2013 had decreased by 36% as compared to the same period in 2012. This collaboration is one of the key reasons why the Capitol Corridor is the number one rail passenger service in the nation for OTP in the Amtrak system.

    Funding Outlook – State and Federal
    FY 13-14 State Budget
    On June 28, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law the State Budget Act of 2012 for FY 13-14, which provided $18.6 million in supplemental funds (from the May Revise FY 13-14 Budget) to the initial $90.3 million to support the operation of the three California Intercity Passenger Rail (CA IPR) services (San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner). The revised total of $108.9 million for the CA IPR services will offset cost increases that are incurred with the implementation of the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy for the nation’s twenty-seven (27) Amtrak-operated, state supported IPR services. The CCJPA in a joint letter with the other CA IPR agencies sent a letter of support on this request for additional FY14 operating funds. The CCJPA is now working with Amtrak to complete the FY2014 CCJPA/Amtrak Operating Contract (and Budget) for the Capitol Corridor service.

    FY2014 Federal Appropriations
    With limited or no progress in advancing the FY2014 appropriations bills through Congress, it appears the only solution would be a short-term continuing resolution until mid-December with current FY2013 current sequestration spending levels to maintain funding for the federal government.

    Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization
    As with the FY2014 Appropriations bills, to-date there has been no or limited progress to reauthorize the Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment Act of 2008, which expires on October 16, 2013 and covers Amtrak authorization and the current railroad safety programs, including Positive Train Control (PTC). Over the last nine months, CCJPA staff has been working with APTA, AASHTO and other interested agencies in the preparation of principles that will lay out the development of a multi-year federal capital grants program (using new revenue sources) that would be
    distributed to state-supported IPR and HST services. APTA is expected to adopt a set of principles at its Board of Directors meeting later this year. These principles will then be referenced into APTA’s documents supporting the upcoming surface transportation authorization efforts of MAP-21, thereby helping to establish a federally-funded Rail Title.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    • Bicycle Access Plan: The launch of the on-board bike policy enforcement program has been delayed until later in Spring 2014 when the installation of PTC equipment on the cab cars is complete. The cab cars are currently going through the modification program that will add bike storage capacity to these cars; however, once this modification program is done, these cab cars are then put through the PTC installation program.

    The other at-station elements of the Bicycle Access Plan are moving forward with funding agreements and allocation requests to support those actions. The CTC is expected to allocate the final bulk of the funding ($556,000 in December 2013) and once all the agreements and paperwork are in place, the CCJPA will begin the process of deploying the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs thereafter.

    • Amtrak e-Ticketing program: Amtrak, working with CCJPA staff, conducted a pilot program from July to August 2013 that deployed onboard print capability for the conductor eTicketing units onboard Capitol Corridor trains. An additional pilot program to integrate onboard processing of multi-ride tickets is expected to begin in October 2013.

    Safety Initiatives
    • On-Board Installation of Positive Train Control Equipment: Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is proceeding. All California owned locomotives have been equipped and installation on cab cars is underway (~40% complete).

    • Safety Fences: Continued investment to secure the right-of-way and deter trespassers via fence projects in North Richmond and the Suisun/Fairfield Station.

    Project Updates
    • New Passenger Rail Cars and Locomotives.
    o Bi-Level Passenger Rail Cars: Nippon Sharyo/Sumitomo has been selected to manufacture an order of 120 bi-level passenger rail cars (the specifications are very similar to the current bi-level cars assigned to the Capitol Corridor). The final design is underway. Forty-two bi-level rail cars are allocated for the three CA IPR routes. The first delivery of the cars is expected in late 2015 with 10 passenger rail cars to be assigned to the Capitol Corridor.

    o Next Generation Diesel Locomotives: The RFP for up to 10 cleaner-burning locomotives was released in August 2013. Two locomotives are to be assigned to the Capitol Corridor. The vendor is expected to be named in early 2014.

    o Comet Cars/San Joaquin: Caltrans Division of Rail purchased and completely overhauled 14 Comet Cars, three cab-baggage cars and three Horizon dinette/bistro cars to address overcrowding on San Joaquin service. By the end of this calendar year, a total of two Comet Car trainsets will be introduced into the daily pool of equipment for the San Joaquin service out of the Oakland Maintenance Facility. These additional cars will release at least eight bi-level cars and two upper level café cars that can be reallocated to the San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor equipment
    pools to accommodate (1) current overcrowding during peak travel seasons (i.e., Thanksgiving, Easter/Spring Break) and events (e.g., Raider home games) and (2) near-term ridership growth for these train services until the new bi-level cars are delivered in 2015-2016.

    Outlook – Closing: Monthly ridership totals for FY13 are still below last year’s record ridership results, but these declines are narrowing. Year-to-date, ridership is 2.8% below last year with revenues slightly below last year’s [-0.7%]. Other performance measures continue to be steady or improving: system operating ratio has improved to 52% due to lower fuel costs, and OTP remains at an impressive 95%, allowing the Capitol Corridor trains to hold steady as the number one spot for reliability in the Amtrak system.

    Capitol Corridor August 2013
    – Ridership: 143,080 riders; -2.2% vs. August 2012; -2.8% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,486,581; -0.7% vs. August 2012; -0.8% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 96%, YTD OTP of 95% (#1 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 52% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners August 2013:
    – Ridership: 278,903 passengers; +5.9% vs. August 2012; +2.9% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +10.5% vs. August 2012; +7.5% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 77% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 85%)
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    San Joaquin August 2013:
    – Ridership: 114,551 passengers +11.9% vs. August 2012; +7.2% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: +3.0% vs. August 2012; +2.2% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 80% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 77%)