In 2016 Capitol Corridor celebrated its Silver Anniversary. For 25 years we have been connecting Northern California and providing reliable, safe, and convenient rail travel. Here are some milestones in the history of our service. Thank you to our riders and sponsors:
- December 1991
intercity rail service
- July 1998
Interagency Transfer Agreement transfers management of the Capitol Corridor train service to the CCJPA.
- October 1998
CCJPA begins managing the operations of the Capitol Corridor service with 8 trains between Sacramento and San Jose.
- February 2000
CCJPA institutes service increase to 14 daily trains.
- May 2001
Service level increases to 18 trains per day between Sacramento and Oakland.
- June 2001
Capitol Corridor welcomes its One Millionth Passenger, Angela Smart, on board Train #523 to San Jose.
- July 2001
Remodeled Richmond Intermodal Station opens; today it is the fourth busiest station along the Capitol Corridor route.
- September 2001
New Martinez Station opens.
- September 2002
Capitol Corridor carries 1,080,000 annual passengers. Construction kickoff for track/station improvements between Oakland and San Jose.
- November 2002
Oakland Maintenance Facility Groundbreaking and CCJPA increases service increase to 20 daily trains.
- May 2003
Service levels increase to 24 weekday trains between Sacramento and Oakland.
- June 2003
Electronic Passenger Information Display Signs (PIDS) electronic signage installed at all Capitol Corridor stations.
- March 2004
CCJPA initiates its first wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) trial.
- October 2004
Yolo Causeway construction project underway, enabling a 10-minute reduction in travel time.
- February 2005
Capitol Corridor holds its first award-winning Stitch ‘n Ride™ promotion to encourage knitters to take the train to the annual Stitches West convention in Santa Clara.
- May 2005
Oakland Coliseum Intermodal Station opens.
- March 2006
Capitol Corridor welcomes its Ten Millionth Passenger, Kirk Swenson, on board Train #527 at Davis Station.
- August 2006
CCJPA announces its largest service expansion ever with an increase to 32 weekday trains between Sacramento to Oakland and 14 trains from Oakland to San Jose.
- November 2006
Proposition 1B bond measure passes, authorizing new construction funds for intercity rail.
- May 2008
Capitol Corridor participates in the first National Train Day and honors Doras Briggs with the State Advocate of Rail (STAR) Award.
- June 2008
participates in its first Spare the Air campaign to promote transit usage on anticipated high-pollution days.
Passenger revenue now funds 50% of the cost to operate the service (system operating ratio), exceeding Capitol Corridor's budget goals.
- July 2008
Bahia Crossover groundbreaking event in Benicia; this event kicks off the next phase of service and infrastructure improvements.
Achieved On Time Performance of 93 percent - an all-time high.
- June 2010
Fight Hunger One Stop at a Time, a two-week food drive that provided more than 700 pounds of groceries to feed 139 families.
- November 2011
Connect Wi-Fi service on
- April 2012
eTicketing formally launched. Capitol Corridor test and pilot programs contributed to eTicketing system development.
- June 2012
Capitol Corridor welcomes 20 Millionth Passenger as Ridership reaches 1.75 million riders.
Reduced fuel consumption by 111,000 gallons due to installation of wayside power cabinets and engine upgrades.
- February 2013
A comprehensive Bicycle Access Plan adopted by the CCJPA board.
- October 2014
“Cappy Hour” launched onboard and features discounted drinks on select weekdays.
- November 2014
Reached 1st place in Amtrak system for On Time Performance, with a 95% OTP rating — the fifth consecutive year that Capitol Corridor was the most reliable service in the system.
Vision Plan Update vol. 1 adopted.
Revenue reaches $30 million annually.
Interactive Real-Time train status launched to riders.
- February 2016
Capitol Corridor carries over 1,000 excited football fans to Super Bowl 50 at the newly-opened Levi's® Stadium in Santa Clara.
- August 2016
Launched Weekend Optimization schedule, biggest schedule change since 2006. New schedule aligns trains with many events at newly-opened Golden 1 Center, and offers additional peak hour service to business travelers in Oakland and San Jose.
- September 2016
Update Volume 2
- December 2016
Capitol Corridor celebrates its Silver Anniversary.