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Capitol and other CA Corridor Statistics (June, 2013)

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

Capitol Corridor Service Performance: Ridership for June 2013 was down 4% compared to June 2012 with Year to Date (YTD) ridership 3% lower than last year. YTD revenue is slightly below last year by 0.7%; however, YTD system operating ratio is 54% thanks to lower diesel fuel prices. As always, our On-time performance (OTP) continues to keep an element of performance on the bright side: for June our OTP was 95%; YTD OTP is 95% keeping the Capitol Corridor on top of the leader board in service reliability in the Amtrak system.

A detailed analysis of ridership information from the ridership database for the fiscal year from October 2012 to May 2013 indicates it is:

  • steady on the weekends
  • growing in the San Jose/Silicon Valley travel market
  • increases in the reverse peak direction trains (to Sacramento in the morning, to the Bay Area/San Jose in the afternoon)
  • continuing to have sustained losses in the Placer County trains and overall losses at the Sacramento Station that cannot offset increases noted above
  • In fact, those city pairs associated with Sacramento Station in the top 25 city- pairs represent a ridership loss of 4%, which coincides with the June dip in ridership.

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    Actions to Address Ridership Drop at Sacramento

  • Immediate term: effective July 15 morning trains coming into Sacramento from Placer County and the Bay Area will arrive 5 minutes earlier to accommodate the longer distance from the new platforms to the Sac RT light trains; this will ensure passengers can make that connection. Please note that staff has received emails from passengers praising this schedule adjustment.
  • Near term (2-3 years):
  • CCJPA staff has been meeting with Sac RT to help support Sac RT’s efforts to complete the design and environmental plans to move the current light train platform closer to the tunnel portal, which will shorten the transfer time between light rail and Capitol Corridor and Amtrak trains; the goal is to begin construction within the next two to three years.

    FY 13-14 Adopted State Budget

    Governor Brown enacted the State Budget Act of 2013 for Fiscal Year 2013-14 on June 24, 2013. The budget to support the three California IPR services included the base amount of $90.3 million plus $18.6 million from the May Budget Revise in order to meet cost increases that are incurred with the implementation of the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy.

    Capitol Corridor Customer Service Program Upgrades

    CCJPA Bike Access Program. In February the CCJPA Board adopted the CCJPA Bicycle Access Plan. We delayed launching this program due to the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on the cab cars to be done after we upgrade these cab cars with enhanced bicycle storage. In short, there will not be enough converted cab/bike cars available until the PTC upgrades are completed in fall 2013. We are moving forward with funding agreements for the at-station elements of the Bicycle Access Plan. We expect CCJPA will secure the state funding in fall 2013, which will support the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs.

    Amtrak eTicketing program: Amtrak and CCJPA are working on the next phases of the program – conductor printers for seat-checks and sales receipts and software upgrades to allow for print-at-home multi-ride tickets—which should also be complete in fall 2013.

    NASCAR Express: On June 23, 2013, the CCJPA, in partnership with the Sonoma Raceway, hosted the first-ever Capitol Corridor NASCAR Express train on Sunday. This special train served the Sacramento, Davis and Suisun-Fairfield stations and then proceeded directly to the Sonoma Raceway via the Cal Northern and SMART railroads through the scenic wine country that can only be viewed through this rail route. Based on the feedback from the promotional partners and the passengers, this special train can be considered a resounding success and plans are already underway for other special trains to serve the raceway.

    Safety Initiatives

    Safety Fences: Staff and UPRR have completed the surveys for the next phase of fence projects. Locations include south San Leandro, Union City and south Hayward.

    Transportation of Law Enforcement Officers: This program is now fully implemented with over 50 law enforcement officers enrolled from various law enforcement agencies within the corridor route.

    Passenger and Employee Injuries: The Capitol Corridor continues its superb commitment to passenger safety with a 28% reduction in passenger injury ratio compared to the prior year reporting period and no employee injuries for FY13 YTD.

    Positive Train Control: All of the locomotives in the Northern California IPR fleet are now equipped with on-board PTC equipment and the cab control cars are at 40% outfitted. Discussions are continuing with UPRR on their plans and schedules to install track/wayside PTC signal infrastructure along the Capitol Corridor.

    Project Updates

    Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
    Engineering:
    This project is about to begin the environmental process with
    the advancement of selected alignment alternatives. The CCJPA will develop a public participation plan and move more formally into the environmental documentation phase of the project which will include the analysis of project alternatives for public review. Completion of these infrastructure improvements will allow for the increase from today’s two up to 20 daily trains serving Roseville.

    Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project Environmental Review/Preliminary
    Engineering:
    In March 2013, the CCJPA was allocated $3.5 million to fund
    preliminary engineering (30% design) and project environmental documents for the track infrastructure upgrades for the Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project. The CCJPA has been working with Caltrain and San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission/ACE staff to combine our collective resources and funding to prepare the design plans, environmental documents and construction cost estimates for the those track capacity improvements, which will permit an increase of up to 11 Capitol Corridor round trips in the Oakland to San Jose corridor and up to 6 ACE round trips between Stockton and San Jose.

    CCJPA expects to secure the services of a design and environmental consultant in the late summer or early fall period. Discussions and analysis are ongoing with UPRR and Caltrain, the respective host railroads, to ensure sufficient resources are allocated to the various subprojects.

    Summary

    For FY13, monthly ridership results continue to be 3.4% below FY12 (a record-setting year); yet other performance measures continue to be steady or improving: YTD revenues are slightly below last year, system operating ratio remains above standard at 54% due to lower fuel costs, and OTP remains at an impressive 95%, allowing the Capitol Corridor trains to remain in the number two spot for reliability in the Amtrak system. The CCJPA team has been successful in working with our service partners to limit service delays and keep reliability at an all-time high. Other
    efforts include maintaining high customer satisfaction levels, implementing safety initiatives along the route, and gaining momentum on pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County) and completing customer enhancement initiatives (bike access/storage, e-Ticketing upgrades).

    Capitol Corridor June 2013
    – Ridership: 138,293 riders; -4.4% vs. June 2012; -3.4% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,402,893; -5.5% vs. June 2012; -0.7% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 95%, YTD OTP of 95% (#2 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 54% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners June 2013:
    – Ridership: 231,236 passengers; -0.7% vs. June 2012; +2.6% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +2.4% vs. June 2012; +7.2% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 80% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 87%)
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    San Joaquin June 2013:
    – Ridership: 108,140 passengers +3.1% vs. June 2012; +6.1% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: -4.4% vs. June 2012; +1.5% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 60% [lower OTP due to track maintenance projects] (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 77%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol and other CA Corridor Statistics (May, 2013)

    From David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
    May 2013 results signal that the decline in ridership has tapered off for the Capitol Corridor–156,521 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains in May 2013. Ridership was 1.5% below May 2012, yet it represents the third highest total for May and the sixth highest in the history of the service. Revenue in May 2013 was slightly below May 2012, with year-to-date (YTD)revenues even with last year’s totals. On-time performance (OTP) remained at exceptional levels [96% in May and YTD at 95%] keeping the Capitol Corridor as the second most reliable trains in the Amtrak system.

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    Detailed May 2013 ridership data is not yet available; however, review of the daily e-ticketing conductor reports indicate improvements in the later weekday morning trains that had been underperforming earlier this year I attribute these increases to a large number of school group bookings which tend to peak during the end of the school year. The weekday peak travel trains and weekend trains are performing at the same level (if not better) as last year. Based on the April 2013 data, station boardings continue to be underperforming at the Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Richmond and Fremont stations. The San Jose/Silicon Valley market stations are showing sustained growth.

    Superb Service Reliability
    The on-time performance for the trains still continue to be on track for a record year for service reliability in FY2013. Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and Caltrain maintain their commitment to keeping the trains on-time along the Capitol Corridor which includes a mix of freight, Amtrak long-distance and commuter trains; and continues superb dispatching of freight and passenger train on this busy shared use corridor. Only three late trains were attributable to mechanical malfunctions – an enormous improvement compared to fall 2012. Delays due to bridge lifts of the
    Suisun-Martinez rail drawbridge continue to decrease thanks to the improved protocol developed and implemented by the UPRR, Coast Guard, Amtrak, CCJPA and the Bar Pilots (tugboat operators).

    PRIIA Section 209 Amtrak Pricing Policy for State Supported IPR Services Amtrak submitted its forecasts for the FY14 operating budgets to the state IPR agencies on April 19, 2013 that are required to conform with the pricing policy developed pursuant to Section 209 of the Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment Act of 2008 (PRIIA). The policy, developed in partnership with the states and Amtrak, will now require any Amtrak-operated passenger rail route under 750 miles to be financially supported entirely by the state(s) which these routes operate. For the three California IPR routes, the state has always provided 100% of the operating support for the San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor; the Pacific Surfliner has received 70% support from the state and 30% by Amtrak through its annual federal appropriation. For FY14, California will now be required to support 100% of the Pacific Surfliner in addition to the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin services. The primary outcome of the policy, which was adopted by Amtrak and 18 of the 19 affected states in 2011, is to allow states to have a better opportunity to control and manage the costs and operation of these IPR corridor services in their respective states. On May 21, I provided testimony (oral and written) to the Railroad, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding “Understanding the Cost Drivers of Passenger Rail,” of which the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy will be an important factor in helping state IPR agencies understand and control their IPR operating costs.

    FY 13-14 Draft State Budget May Revise
    Governor Brown released his May Revise of the FY 13-14 Budget on May 10, 2013, which updates his draft budget released in January 2013. The May Revise proposes an additional $18.6 million to the initial $90.3 million for the three CA IPR services in order to meet cost increases that are incurred with the implementation of the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy affecting the nation’s 27 Amtrak-operated, state supported IPR services. This supplemental funding, which will primarily be used to increase the state support for the Pacific Surfliner from 70% to 100%, has passed out of the state legislative budget subcommittees of the Assembly and Senate. The legislature passed the FY14 budget which includes $90.3 million plus the additional $18.6 million to support the operations of the three CA IPR services in FY14.

    Surface Transportation and Rail Safety Reauthorizations
    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). This program will distribute grants to state-supported IPR and HST services in conjunction with the pending expiration of MAP-21 in October 2014 and PRIIA (the current railroad safety and Amtrak reauthorization, which expires in October 2013). Various APTA committees have adopted these principles at the June 1-5, 2013 APTA Rail Conference which will now be forwarded to APTA for formal adoption. The intent is then to circulate
    these principles to generate discussions towards developing a federally-funded Rail Title for the reauthorization of either PRIIA or MAP-21. The principles will also be presented to transportation leaders in the House and Senate as well as to the Federal Railroad Administration.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades

  • CCJPA Bike Access Program. In February the CCJPA Board adopted the
    CCJPA Bicycle Access Plan. We delayed launching this program due to
    the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on the cab
    cars to be done after we upgrade these cab cars with enhanced
    bicycle storage. In short, there will not be enough converted
    cab/bike cars available until the PTC upgrades are completed in fall
    2013. The other at-station elements of the Bicycle Access Plan are
    moving forward with funding agreements and in the summer and fall of
    2013 the CCJPA will secure the remaining state funding, which will
    support the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs.
  • Amtrak eTicketing program: Amtrak, at the CCJPA’s request, is
    advancing next phases of the program – conductor printers for
    seat-checks and sales receipts and software upgrades to allow for
    print-at-home multi-ride tickets—which should be complete in fall
    2013.
  • NASCAR Express: The CCJPA in partnership with the Sonoma Raceway
    hosted the first-ever Capitol Corridor NASCAR Express train on
    Sunday, June 23, 2013. This special train served the Sacramento,
    Davis and Suisun-Fairfield stations and then proceeded directly to
    the Sonoma Raceway via the Cal Northern and SMART railroads through
    the scenic wine country that can only be viewed through this rail
    route. Response to this promotion had been overwhelming with over
    350 ticket packages sold. These special packages included train
    tickets, admission to the NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 event, shirts
    and other memorabilia.
  • Safety Initiatives

  • Safety Fences: Staff and UPRR have completed the surveys for the next
    phase of fence projects. Locations include south San Leandro, Union
    City and south Hayward.
  • Transportation of Law Enforcement Officers: This program is now fully
    implemented with over 50 law enforcement officers enrolled from
    various law enforcement agencies within the corridor route.
  • Passenger Injuries: The Capitol Corridor continues its superb
    commitment to passenger safety with a 72% reduction in passenger
    injury ratio compared to the prior year reporting period.
  • Project Updates

  • Yolo Causeway West Crossover Project. On April 14, 2013, UPRR
    completed the final work in activating the signal system for the new
    universal crossover located west of the Yolo Causeway bridge. The
    completion of this project marks the conclusion of the third and
    final project along the Capitol Corridor using funds from the
    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
  • Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
    Engineering. This project is about to begin the environmental process
    with the advancement of selected alignment alternatives. The CCJPA
    will develop a public participation plan and move more formally into
    the environmental documentation phase of the project which will
    include the analysis of project alternatives for public review.
  • Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project Environmental Review/Preliminary
    Engineering. In March 2013, the CCJPA was allocated $3.5 million to
    fund preliminary engineering (30% design) and project environmental
    documents for the track infrastructure upgrades for the Oakland-San
    Jose Phase 2 Project. This completion of these improvements will
    permit an increase of up to 11 round trips in the Oakland to San Jose
    corridor. CCJPA expects to secure the services of a design and
    environmental consultant in the late summer or early fall period.
    Additional discussions and analysis with UPRR and Caltrain, the
    respective host railroads, are required to ensure sufficient
    resources are allocated to the various subprojects.
  • Summary
    Monthly ridership totals for FY13 are still below last year’s recordship results; however, the ridership for April and May 2013 are closer to the prior year month records. Year-to-date, ridership is 3.3% below last year, while other performance measures continue to be steady or improving: YTD revenues are even with last year, system operating ratio has improved to 55% due to lower fuel costs, and OTP remains at an impressive 95%, allowing the Capitol Corridor trains to hold steady on the number two spot for reliability in the Amtrak system. The CCJPA team is working with
    our service partners to reduce service delays, maintain high customer satisfaction, invest in safety initiatives along the route, and advance pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County) and introducing customer enhancement initiatives (bike access/storage, e-Ticketing upgrades).

    Capitol Corridor May 2013
    – Ridership: 158,521 riders; -1.5% vs. May 2012; -3.3% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,570,166; -0.8% vs. May 2012; +0.0% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 96% , YTD OTP of 95% (#2 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 55% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners May 2013:
    – Ridership: 240,848 passengers; +1.9% vs. May 2012; +3.0% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +3.3% vs. May 2012; +7.8% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 89% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 87%)
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    San Joaquin May 2013:
    – Ridership: 109,365 passengers +8.3% vs. May 2012; +6.5% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: -0.4% vs. May 2012; +2.3% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 68% [lower OTP due to track maintenance projects] (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 79%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (April, 2013)

    And statistics for the other California Corridors
    By David B. Kutrosky,
    Managing Director, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

    Ridership continues to decline for the Capitol Corridor in FY2013; however, the drop in ridership for April 2013 was not as significant as prior FY2013
    results. For April 2013, 151,080 passengers used the Capitol Corridor, representing a 1.8% drop compared to April 2012. While initial revenue estimates for April 2013 indicate a 5.3% decrease, year-to-date (YTD)revenues are up 0.5% compared to last year. On a positive note, a record was set for on-time performance (OTP) — 98% of all Capitol Corridor trains arrived on-time, which improved YTD OTP to 95% and moved the Capitol Corridor into the #2 spot as the most reliable service in the Amtrak
    system. YTD system operating ratio is at 52%, which meets business plan projections.

    While detailed statistics are not yet available for April 2013 ridership, I do have the details on ridership for March 2013. Compared to prior FY2013 monthly results, the ridership losses on substandard weekday trains are lessening (weekend trains continue to perform better than last year) and the five stations – Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, Fremont, and Richmond – that had experienced significant declines in ridership earlier this FY [-10% or worse] showed increased boardings last month.

    Capitol Corridor photo 5-2013

    Record Service Reliability

    Service reliability reached its apex in April 2013 when only 14 trains were
    late out of the 836 operated, representing an OTP of 98%. In fact, for
    the 30 days in April the Capitol Corridor passengers experienced twenty-one
    (21) days of “100% on time” days. UPRR continues its superb dispatching of
    freight and passenger train on this busy shared use corridor. Only three
    late trains were attributable to mechanical malfunctions – an enormous
    improvement compared to Fall 2012. Delays due to bridge lifts of the
    Suisun-Martinez rail drawbridge continue to decrease thanks to the improved
    protocol developed and implemented by the UPRR, Coast Guard, Amtrak, CCJPA
    and the Bar Pilots (tugboat operators).

    California Passenger Rail Advocacy Forum – April 11, 2013, Sacramento

    At the request of CCJPA Chair Jim Spering, a passenger rail advocacy event
    hosted by the City of Sacramento, was held on April 11 in the Sacramento
    City Council. Speakers at the event included state legislators
    (Assemblymember Roger Dickinson and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson) and
    leaders of the various California passenger rail agencies. Special guests
    included California transportation funding experts Josh Shaw (California
    Transit Association) and Mark Watts (Transportation California). One key
    highlight of the forum was the call to develop a Passenger Rail Caucus
    within the State Legislature that would form around guiding principles that
    include: continued appropriation of state funds to support the operation of
    California’s three (3) intercity passenger rail services as well as any
    emerging IPR routes; developing of stable sources of capital funds for
    safety initiatives and service expansion; consistent planning and
    coordination among all rail systems and users within the California
    railroad network [including passenger high speed, intercity and commuter
    rail as well as freight systems]; and maximizing partnerships with federal,
    state, regional and local governments and agencies.

    Project Updates

  • Yolo Causeway West Crossover Project. On April 14, 2013, the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) completed the final work in activating the signal system for the new universal crossover located west of the Yolo Causeway bridge. The completion of this project marks the conclusion of the third and final
    project along the Capitol Corridor using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
  • The other ARRA-funded projects that have been completed on the Capitol Corridor are the San Jose-Diridon South Terminal (February 2012) and the Sacramento Valley Station Track Relocation Project (August 2012).
  • Summary

    Monthly ridership results for the Capitol Corridor in FY2013 continue to
    decline compared to last year’s all-time ridership records. Year-to-date,
    ridership is down 3.6% versus last year, yet the recent monthly losses
    appear to be lessening. Despite this ridership decline, other performance
    measures continue to be steady: YTD revenues are up 0.5%, system operating
    ratio is meeting business plan standard of 52%, and OTP is at a stellar 95%
    and improving, keeping the Capitol Corridor trains as one of the most
    reliable services in the Amtrak system. The CCJPA continues to work with
    Amtrak to develop a revised weekday train schedule that will reallocate
    some of the poorer performing late morning trains to other more attractive
    times that will increase ridership, optimize revenues and maintain/reduce
    operating costs. The CCJPA team working with our service partners, has
    achieved progress in improving service reliability and continue to reinvest
    in safety initiatives along the route while also moving ahead on completing
    the pre-development work for the service expansion projects (San
    Jose/Salinas, Placer County) and introducing customer enhancement
    initiatives (bike access/storage, e-Ticketing upgrades).

    Capitol Corridor April 2013
    – Ridership: 151,080 riders; -1.8% vs. April 2012; -3.6% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,409,627; -5.3% vs. April 2012; +0.5% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 98% [historical record for the service], YTD OTP of
    95% (#2 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 52% YTD vs. 52% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners April 2013:
    – Ridership: 221,376 passengers; -2.4% vs. April 2012; +3.2% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: -6.9% vs. April 2012; +8.6% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 86% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 87%)
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    San Joaquin April 2013:
    – Ridership: 94,561 passengers -8.0% vs. April 2012; +6.2% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: -14.7% vs. April 2012; +2.7% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 56% [lower OTP due to track maintenance projects] (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 80%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (March, 2013)

    And other California Corridor statistics.
    Reported by DAVID B. KUTROSKY, Managing Director

    Ridership for FY2013 continues to drop compared to last year’s historical
    highs.
    For March 2013, 145,271 passengers used the Capitol Corridor,
    representing a 4.7% drop compared to March 2012. Revenue for March 2013 has
    showed a negligible decrease of 0.4% versus March 2012. On-time
    performance (OTP) continued to be solid and above standard at 94% with
    year-to-date system operating ratio at 52%, on par with business plan
    projections.

    I have not yet received detailed statistics on March 2013 ridership, but
    based on the February 2013 and prior month results we will be looking at
    the four stations that have been experiencing significant declines in
    ridership [-10% or worse] — Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, and
    Richmond . We will also evaluate the previously poorly performing midday
    trains. I anticipate that weekend trains will continue the trend of
    improved ridership due to the 50% online discount for weekend travel.

    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

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    Continued Reduction in Service Delays

    Service delays continue to decline due to the efforts of our service
    partners. Of the 850 Capitol Corridor trains that were operated in March
    2013, only 47 (or 6%) were late. There were sixteen days in March when all
    trains are arrived on-time, representing “100% on time” days for the
    Capitol Corridor. Only four late trains (9% of total late trains) were
    attributable to mechanical malfunctions thanks to the diligence of Amtrak
    and CCJPA mechanical staff . Twelve (12) Capitol Corridor trains were late
    (nearly 25% of all late trains) on one day due to the early morning
    derailment of a Union Pacific worktrain on March 5, 2013 at the most
    heavily traveled segment of the corridor between Richmond and Hercules.
    Delays due to bridge lifts of the Suisun-Martinez rail drawbridge in March
    2013 were down significantly — a 15% reduction in incidents and a decrease
    of 35% in delay-minutes. This reduction in delays is directly attributable
    to a revised protocol developed and implemented by the UPRR, Coast Guard,
    Amtrak, CCJPA and the Bar Pilots (tugboat operators).

    Project Updates

    Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project; The CCJPA is currently working with passenger rail agencies in Northern California (ACE, San Joaquin/Caltrans,
    Caltrain) and the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on the
    CHSRA’s Year 2018 High Speed Train (HST) Blended Service Plan. This
    planning effort includes the development of an integrated, comprehensive
    service expansion plan and train schedule to utilize and connect with the
    CHSRA HST First Construction Segment (FCS) between Bakersfield and
    Fresno/Madera. Included in these efforts is the CCJPA’s Capitol Corridor
    Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project, which identifies an initial list of track
    infrastructure projects to allow for the expansion of Capitol Corridor
    train service from 14 to 22 daily trains to/from Silicon Valley/San Jose.
    Both host railroads for the Project, Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and
    Caltrain, have been actively involved in the development of the projects to
    support Year 2018 HST Blended Service Plan and are currently conducting
    network simulation modeling exercises to confirm previously identified
    track capacity projects to support the CCJPA 22-train (and the ACE
    12-train) service expansion plan to San Jose/Silicon Valley. At this
    point, the CCJPA is now ready to advance the design plans and complete the
    environmental documentation for the Project, which include subprojects that
    will provide track capacity for the ACE service expansion plan. The 2012
    State Transportation Improvement Program includes funds [$3.53 million] to
    support the pre-development work for the project, which were allocated by
    the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to the CCJPA at its March 5,
    2013 meeting. Initial design efforts and any required environmental review
    are expected to begin later this summer.

    Sacramento-Roseville 3rd Track Project

    Environmental Review/Preliminary Engineering. Initial design has been completed on the proposed alignments for the 3rd track and potential sites for the proposed relocation of the Roseville Station, which, when constructed, will allow for the operation of 20 trains to/from Roseville. Numerous meetings have occurred and are set in the near term with the UPRR and the City of Roseville to elicit their
    comments on the various alignment alternatives and potential station
    relocation options. The next step is to take the input from these project
    partners and resolve any differences in alignment preferences and develop a
    cost estimate for the design elements that may resolve the alignment
    differences.

    Summary

    Monthly ridership for FY2013 continues to drop compared to last year’s
    historical highs. Year-to-date, ridership is 3.9% below last year.
    Despite this ridership decline, other performance measures are pointing in
    the right direction. Year-to-date, revenues are up 1.5%, system operating
    ratio is meeting business plan standard of 52%, and OTP is a respectable
    94%, keeping the Capitol Corridor trains as one of the most reliable
    services in the Amtrak system. The CCJPA is now working with Amtrak to
    develop a revised weekday train schedule that will reallocate some of the
    poorer performing late morning trains to other more attractive times that
    will increase ridership, optimize revenues and maintain/reduce operating
    costs. The CCJPA team working with our service partners, has achieved
    progress in reducing delay-minutes and improving safety metrics along the
    route and will stay focused on maintaining these achievements while also
    moving ahead on completing the pre-development work for the service
    expansion projects (San Jose/Salinas, Placer County) and introducing
    customer enhancement initiatives (bike access/storage, e-Ticketing
    upgrades).

    Capitol Corridor March 2013:
    – Ridership: 145,271 riders; -4.7% vs. March 2012; -3.9% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,490,328; -0.4% vs. March 2012; +1.5% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 94%, YTD OTP of 94% (#3 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 52% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners March 2013:
    – Ridership: 224,648 passengers; -4.1% vs. March 2012; +4.3% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +4.6% vs. March 2012; +11.6% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 87% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 87%)
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    San Joaquin February 2013: (Mr. Kutrosky may mean March -Ed.)
    – Ridership: 104,970 passengers +7.6% vs. March 2012; +8.9% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: +8.9% vs. March 2012; +6.0% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 63% [lower OTP due to track maintenance projects] (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 84%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (February, 2013)

    By David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA

    For February 2013, once again we find Capitol Corridor’s monthly
    performance report to be a mixed bag of results.
    Ridership in the month of
    February was 8.2% below February 2011 and revenue was down 2.7%. On a
    positive note, on-time performance (OTP) was 97%, the best in the Amtrak
    system for February, and the system operating ratio for the fiscal year is
    52%.

    Half of the ridership loss [-4%] was primarily due to February 2013 having
    one less day than the 29 days in February 2012 which was a leap
    year. Further evaluation of the ridership decline shows that nearly 70% of
    the loss can be attributed to three stations — Sacramento [-12%], Davis
    [-11%], and Richmond [-15%].

    In addition, we found that some midday trains are under performing against
    prior year levels and we are looking at some targeted marketing to increase
    ridership on these trains as well as working with Amtrak to reallocate some
    of the poorer performing trains to other more attractive times that will
    optimize revenues and maintain/reduce operating costs. Weekend trains, in
    general, are performing better than last year which is a testament to the
    success of the 50% online discount for weekend travel.

    Reductions in Service Delays – Mechanical Rolling Stock and Third-Party
    Incidents

    Since the beginning of January, CCJPA staff have been actively engaged with
    Amtrak and other agencies/parties to reduce delays from rail vehicles
    (primarily locomotives) and bridge lifts at the Suisun-Martinez crossing
    over the Carquinez Strait. I am pleased to inform you that in February
    there were no train cancellations/annulments. Mechanical delay minutes
    dropped 67% in February compared to December 2012 when service disruptions
    were at a pinnacle. There also has been a significant drop in bridge
    delays. For the period of December 2012-January 2013 versus the same
    two-month period last year, the bridge delay minutes have dramatically
    reduced by 46% thanks in large part to the commitment of the bridge lift
    and marine vessel operators to be aware of the “operating windows” of the
    Capitol Corridor trains as they pass through the Suisun/Martinez
    drawbridge. An improved and upgraded communications plan/protocol has been
    developed to assist all parties in their decisions when to open the
    drawbridge and it appears to be working as intended.

    Host Railroad/Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Delays Decreasing
    It goes without saying but bears repeating that host railroad-related
    delays continue to decline. In fact, Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) delay
    minutes per 10,000 train-miles were 460 for the January 2013 (the latest
    month for which we have results), which was the third lowest since October
    2009 when the Federal Railroad Administration required this delay
    reporting. Please note that the January and previous monthly results for
    the Capitol Corridor are well below the established FRA standard of 900
    delay minutes per month.

    In addition, the previously implemented Richmond Fence Project jointly
    financed with UPRR has begun to have significant positive safety benefits
    for the trains as well as the community. In the two years since the
    installation of the fence, there has been an 85% reduction in the incidents
    along the tracks.

    CCJPA FY 13/14 – FY 14/15 Business Plan Update

    The final Business Plan Update for the Capitol Corridor intercity passenger
    train service for FY14 and FY15 was submitted on March 22, 2013 to the
    Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BT&H) in
    accordance with the Interagency Transfer Agreement between the CCJPA and
    the State of California. The CCJPA Board of Directors formally adopted
    (Resolution 13-01) this Business Plan Update at its February 20, 2013
    meeting. The document was modified based on the recent submittal of initial
    operating costs from Amtrak, which were used to further develop the FY14
    and FY15 operating costs to be consistent with the implementation of PRIIA
    Section 209 Amtrak pricing policy, which goes into effect in FY14. This
    update results in an increase of $1.996 million in FY14 state operating
    support for the current service plan compared to the FY13 operating budget,
    primarily due to a request of $0.35 million for Minor Capital Project
    support and $1.5 million for the Section 209 Equipment Capital Charge (use
    of Amtrak-owned locomotives and rail cars in the service).

    Amtrak is expected to provide final operating cost estimates for FY14 in
    early April 2013.
    We will continue to work with the Legislature and the
    Governor’s Office to incorporate these FY14 final operating costs for the
    Capitol Corridor into the May Revise of the FY14 State Budget. The final
    operating budget will be submitted for approval to the CCJPA Board at its
    September 18, 2013 meeting. It will be based on: (1) final estimates from
    Amtrak (due in early April); (2) adoption of the FY14 State Budget by the
    Legislature/Governor; and (3) the FY14 allocation letter provided to the
    CCJPA by the BT&H Secretary.

    California Passenger Rail Advocacy Event – Sacramento City Hall April 11
    [9am – 3pm]
    As requested by CCJPA Chair Spering, staff is working with other California passenger rail agencies on a workshop that will seek to develop advocacy initiatives needed to secure the funding and community support for the
    California passenger rail network. The program will include state legislators and congressional representatives as well as passenger rail leaders and communities along the various train routes who have implemented or are planning developments at/near train stations. You are invited to be a part of this very important strategy session. Please send your RSVP to Cheryl Grady [cherylg@capitolcorridor.org] at your earliest convenience.

    Summary

    Ridership for FY13 is 3.7% below last year’s levels, yet is above FY11
    ridership levels, while revenue, OTP and system operating ratios are
    outperforming last year’s results. Most importantly, the Capitol Corridor
    safety measurements continue to be excellent from employee and passenger
    injuries to safety incidents along the tracks. Also, actions taken by the
    CCJPA and Amtrak have begun to have immediate reductions in service delays
    that will allow the Capitol Corridor to maintain its superior OTP, which
    translates into high customer satisfaction scores that in turn help to
    retain and grow ridership. The CCJPA team has set the bar high for the
    performance of the Capitol Corridor trains and has the commitment of UPRR
    and Amtrak as its service partners to minimize and limit service delays,
    improve OTP, advance safety and service expansion projects, and improve
    customer satisfaction.

    Capitol Corridor February 2013
    – Ridership: 127,165 riders; -8.2% vs. February 2012; -3.7% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,194,429; -2.7% vs. February 2012; +0.9% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 97%, YTD OTP of 94% (#3 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 52% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners February 2013:
    – Ridership: 189,709 passengers; +4.8% vs. February 2012; +6.3% vs. prior
    YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +11.7% vs. February 2012; +13.3% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 91% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 88%)
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    San Joaquin February 2013:
    – Ridership: 88,507 passengers +2.2% vs. February 2012; +9.2% vs. prior
    YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: +5.4% vs. February 2012; +6.7% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 92% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 89%)