Capitol Corridor's inaugural run on December 11, 1991.

Capitol Corridor Celebrates 25 Years of Connecting Northern California

December 15, 2016

“It was a beautiful day. The train was a small train – a locomotive I think, with no more than three or four cars, single level.” explained Hubert Hanrahan, Capitol Corridor’s retired Chief Transportation Officer who, in December 1991, was a conductor on board the Capitol Corridor’s very first run. “The rest is history,” he went on to reflect. “It’s been very successful.”

Capitol Corridor train
The Capitol Corridor’s inaugural run on December 11, 1991.

In December 2016, the Capitol Corridor celebrates 25 years of connecting Northern California with reliable and convenient intercity rail service between the greater Sacramento region and the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley. It has by all accounts been a successful run thus far, and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) marked the milestone with a celebration at the California State Railroad Museum on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

California State Railroad Museum
The celebration was held at the California State Railroad Museum on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

In attendance were many of the people who have contributed to the Capitol Corridor’s success over the years – from partners like Amtrak and Union Pacific who help us keep the trains running smoothly and safely every single day, to Caltrans and other critical funding partners, elected officials whose advocacy allows us to dream and grow, and many others who have worked with us to foster a premier customer experience.

The early years were humble, according to Managing Director, David Kutrosky and former Board Director, Steve Cohn. There were only four round trips per day, and the route’s reliability left much to be desired. In 1998, the CCJPA assumed management of the route from the State of California and put an aggressive service plan in place that resulted in the doubling of ridership with more regular travelers. In 2001, we welcomed our one millionth passenger on board, and in 2003, service expanded to 24 trains per day.

“The service transitioned from being a train ride every once in a while,” said David Kutrosky, “to being a reliable source of transportation connecting the Northern California megaregion.” Today, the Capitol Corridor boasts 30 daily trains, and in Fiscal Year 2016, we carried more than 1.5 million passengers.

Capitol Corridor has not only improved the service by increasing trips, but we have also kept our finger on the pulse of customer needs. By offering amenities such as free wi-fi, expanded bicycle storage, service alerts, eTicketing, and Train Status, we’ve been able to greatly enhance the customer experience over the years.

To celebrate the Capitol Corridor’s quarter century of service, we’ve compiled below some photos from the December 6th celebration. In addition, we created a special 25th Anniversary page on our website that chronicles Capitol Corridor’s history, as well as a video featuring actual riders telling us why they love riding the Capitol Corridor. Enjoy!

David, Grace and Melissa
CCJPA Managing Director, David Kutrosky with Melissa Kutrosky and Grace Crunican, General Manager of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
Robert Rayburn
Robert Rayburn, CCJPA Board Director
Group Photo
CC Riders, Geoff McLennan and Marilyn Sommerdorf with former Capitol Corridor Chief Transportation Office, Hubert Hanrahan and David Roye
25th anniversary pair
Tamika Smith and Jeff Snowden, Amtrak
25th anniversary Amtrak
Monica Lunden and Lenetta McCampbell, Amtrak
Vernae and Colleen
Vernae Graham and Colleen Richter, Amtrak
Carl and Sandra
Carl Malvo, former CCJPA Transportation Officer, and Sandra Malvo
25th anniversary group
Mark Shafer, Granite Construction; Armin Kick, Siemens; Martin Bloedt, Siemens; and Terry Soesbec, RailPlan International
25th anniversary group
Dominic Spaethling, HNTB; Mark Shaffer, Granite Construction; and Anthony Lee, HNTB
GeneandDavid
CCJPA’s former Managing Director, Gene Skoropowski, and current Managing Director, David Kutrosky
CC Riders
CC Riders, Marilyn Sommerdorf, Julie Hamilton, and Chuck Robuck
25th anniversary
Robert Delgado, Jacobs Engineering and Randy Hitchcock, Amtrak

THE SPEAKERS:

Steve Cohn
Steve Cohn, Past Board Chair, CCJPA
Darrell Steinberg
Darrell Steinberg, Mayor, City of Sacramento
Gail Murray
Gail Murray, Immediate Past Chair, CCJPA Board of Directors
Jim Beall
Honorable Jim Beall, California State Senator
Jim Spering
Honorable Jim Spering, CCJPA Board of Directors
Brian Kelly
Honorable Brian Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency
Wes Lujan, Vice President Public Affairs Western Region, Union Pacific Railroad
Wes Lujan, Vice President Public Affairs Western Region, Union Pacific Railroad
DJ Stadtler
DJ Stadtler, Executive Vice President Operations, Amtrak