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Placer County lauds best year yet for Capitol Corridor ridership

November 22, 2016

Ridership of the Capitol Corridor rail service grew 5.8 percent this year over last, District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes reported at today’s Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting. The increase, to 1.56 million, brings overall ridership to an all-time high - and triple the level it was in 1998.

Holmes represents the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency on the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority’s board of directors. The CCJPA is a partnership among the six local transit agencies in the Capitol Corridor’s eight-county service area, which shares the administration and management of the service.

“The Capitol Corridor is such a huge benefit to the region, reducing congestion on the roads and carbon emissions, and just making life easier for so many of our residents,” Holmes said. “With plans for expanded service and more energy sustainability and safety improvements steadily moving forward, the future looks even brighter."

The Capitol Corridor is a crucial transportation mode for Placer County residents, connecting commuters with Sacramento and the Bay Area.

For the seventh year in a row, the Capitol Corridor ranked first in reliability of service among Amtrak’s 47 routes nationwide. It also achieved an all-time-high customer satisfaction rating of 89 percent - the highest score in its history.

A proposed project to expand service between Roseville and Sacramento, the Sac-Roseville Third Track project, made good progress last year, too, with the CCJPA board adopting the project’s environmental impact report - a key milestone in the approval process - and identifying full funding of the $78 million project. More information on the project and the Capitol Corridor service is available here.

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