Capitol Corridor 30 Years of Connecting Northern California
25 Years Ago
On December 12, 1991, the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak®) initiated the Capitol Corridor intercity train service with 6 daily trains between San Jose and Sacramento.
Legislation enacted to establish the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), a partnership among six local transit agencies to share in the administration and management of the Capitol Corridor intercity train service. The CCJPA is overseen by a Board of Directors comprising members from each of the six transit agencies along the Capitol Corridor route.
CCJPA begins managing the operations of the Capitol Corridor service with 8 trains between Sacramento and San Jose.
CCJPA institutes service increase to 14 daily trains.
Service level increases to 18 trains per day between Sacramento and Oakland.
Capitol Corridor welcomes its One Millionth Passenger, Angela Smart, on board Train #523 to San Jose.
Remodeled Richmond Intermodal Station opens; today it is the fourth busiest station along the Capitol Corridor route.
New Martinez Station opens.
Capitol Corridor carries 1,080,000 annual passengers. Construction kickoff for track/station improvements between Oakland and San Jose.
Oakland Maintenance Facility Groundbreaking and CCJPA increases service to 20 daily trains.
Service levels increase to 24 weekday trains between Sacramento and Oakland.
Electronic Passenger Information Display Signs (PIDS) electronic signage installed at all Capitol Corridor stations.
CCJPA initiates its first wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) trial.
Yolo Causeway construction project underway, enabling a 10-minute reduction in travel time.
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.
Oakland Coliseum Intermodal Station opens.
Capitol Corridor welcomes its Ten Millionth Passenger, Kirk Swenson, on board Train #527 at Davis Station.
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.
Proposition 1B bond measure passes, authorizing new construction funds for intercity rail.
Capitol Corridor participates in the first National Train Day and honors Doras Briggs with the State Advocate of Rail (STAR) Award.
Capitol Corridor 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.
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.
Fight Hunger One Stop at a Time, a two-week food drive that provided more than 700 pounds of groceries to feed 139 families.
Launched Amtrak Connect Wi-Fi service on all trains.
eTicketing formally launched. Capitol Corridor test and pilot programs contributed to eTicketing system development.
Capitol Corridor welcomes 20 Millionth Passenger as ridership reaches 1.75 million riders.
A comprehensive Bicycle Access Plan adopted by the CCJPA board.
Reduced fuel consumption by 111,000 gallons due to installation of wayside power cabinets and engine upgrades.
Rider appreciation events are relaunched as “Cappy Hour” with discounted drinks across evening trains.
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.
Capitol Corridor carries over 1,000 excited football fans to Super Bowl 50 at the newly-opened Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara.
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.
Vision Plan Update Volume 2 adopted.
Golden 1 Center opening
Golden 1 Center, the new home of the Sacramento Kings, opens and is walking distance from the Sacramento Valley station.
Capitol Corridor celebrates its Silver Anniversary.
Capitol Corridor receives its first order of Siemens Tier IV Charger locomotives.
Senate Bill 1 (SB1)
In April 2017, Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), was enacted to provide federal funding for road and transportation projects. SB1 funding has allowed the Capitol Corridor to forge ahead on projects such as signal replacements; safety and security improvements; South Bay Connect; Sacramento to Roseville Third Track Project; Statewide Integrated Ticketing; and several others.
California Passenger Rail Summit 2017
Hosted 5th Annual California Passenger Rail Summit.
Fairfield-Vacaville station opened
Fairfield-Vacaville Hannigan station opens.
Bicycle eLockers available at all stations
Richmond Station platform improvement flashing light
Richmond station has a flashing light on the platform to alert conductors of incoming BART trains so they can hold the train for passengers making a connection to Capitol Corridor.
Cal-ITP UC Davis Conference
A California Integrated Travel Program (Cal-ITP) kickoff event held at UC Davis and brought together local and international transit leaders for an exploratory event to understand how integration between transit agencies could happen more seamlessly.
Positive Train Control
Capitol Corridor was among the first in the nation to have Positive Train Control (PTC), a safety measure, installed on its fleet of equipment.
California Passenger Rail Summit 2019
Hosted 7th Annual California Passenger Rail Summit in Oakland
Fairfield-Vacaville Hannigan Station renamed for Thomas M. Hannigan
In May 2019, the stop was ceremonially named Fairfield–Vacaville Hannigan Station after former Fairfield Assemblymember Thomas M. Hannigan, who contributed to the development of the Capitol Corridor service.
Travel Time Savings Project
Travel Time Savings project which involved track improvements in the southern part of the route allowed for a 10-minute reduction in travel between Sacramento and San Jose.
Interactive Voice Response System
To provide customers with 24/7 phone support, and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system was implemented.
Stride On Board
Stride On Board is branded to encapsulate the college (student) marketing program offering a variety of fares and discounts for students.
Weekend Service Alerts
Customers can now opt into recieving weekend-only Service Alerts.
Capitol Corridor reaches 60% Revenue-to-Cost Ratio
With strong ridership and revenue figures, CCJPA reaches 60% farebox ratio.
Schedule signs and brochures for trains and buses were upgraded to an evergreen format with QR enabled codes to get schedule information. This effort supported efforts to become more sustainable.
COVID Service Reduction
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory shelter-in-place requirements, Capitol Corridor makes drastic service reduction to operate as an essential service.
10-Ride ticket extended to 60 days
10-Ride ticket expiration date extended from 45 to 60 days, allowing passengers more time to do their trips.
Launch of South Bay Connect Project Environmental Review
South Bay Connect proposes to relocate Capitol Corridor service between Oakland Coliseum and Newark from the current route on the Union Pacific (UP) Niles Subdivision to the UP Coast Subdivision, which could save up to 13 minutes of travel time between Oakland and San Jose. The project also intends to facilitate new transbay connections for Capitol Corridor passengers between the East Bay and the Peninsula, an underserved market for the Capitol Corridor service.
Our Stand Against Racism
In response to the killing of George Floyd and many others impacted by racial injustice, Capitol Corridor released “Our Stand Against Racism,” its statement to denounce racism.
Railgoods.com was launched as a joint, online company store with BART to featured branded products from each service.
Corridor Conversations, a webinar series, was developed to reach and engage with passengers and followers to stay connected to the Capitol Corridor during the pandemic with record level ridership.
How Full Is My Train seat capacity checker launched
“How Full Is My Train” widget is added to website as a safety precaution, to make passengers aware of average seating capacity on trains.
Next Generation Wi-Fi
Next Generation Wi-Fi is launched with a faster and more reliable connection. Passengers now connect to complimentary “Your Train” Wi-Fi
Link 21 Program Launch
The Link21 Program is a partnership between CCJPA and BART that includes plans for a new transbay rail crossing between San Francisco and Oakland. The new crossing opens the possibility of providing faster and more reliable passenger rail service to major destinations in the 21-county Northern California Megaregion. The program will include improvements to the regional rail (commuter, intercity) and BART systems.
CC Rewards launches as Capitol Corridor’s first loyalty program. Members gain access to discounts from local businesses and exclusive rider promos.
Capitol Corridor recieves an additional order of Siemens Tier IV Charger locomotives.
Initial service increase for Capitol Corridor since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, aligned with the State of California re-opening on 6/15/21
El Dorado Transit
El Dorado Transit is onboarded to provide service for the Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe bus connection.
Renewable Diesel’s Phase I testing completed.
Surfliner Door Panel Replacement
Over time, there has been an increase in delays associated with the existing door panels on 22 Surfliner rail cars; the door panels are in need of replacement due to age. The new door panels will mitigate related delays, be more secure, and offer a quieter ride by reducing exterior noise.
Capitol Corridor fares are moved to the Flexible Fares category within Amtrak’s reservation system, to better align with the terms and conditions of traveling on an unreserved service.