Zoom into our virtual “Corridor Conversations” with Managing Director, Rob Padgette, and Deputy Director, Leo Sanchez. They will provide an update on Capitol Corridor service and ridership, as well as protocols we’ve implemented to maintain health and safety during COVID-19. You will also hear about the status of some of our current projects and have an opportunity to ask questions.
This September, we are not only supporting Rail Safety Month, now in its 11th year, but also celebrating Bike to Work Day, which has been rescheduled from May to September due to COVID and renamed “Bike to Wherever Day” because so many people are working from home.
Many of our favorite late-summer events in Northern California were postponed or canceled due to the COVID pandemic. Fortunately, technology is on our side, and a variety of fun activities are still being held online for everyone to enjoy safely. Though a train trip won’t be required to reach these virtual destinations, we encourage you to support these organizations and partners along our route by checking out their online events.
As we collectively battle a health crisis around the world that has taken half a million lives and caused the loss of millions of jobs, the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubery, and Breonna Taylor, and many others, remind us that countless people are also fighting a battle against systemic racism that has been ongoing for too many years.
We cannot and will not be silent on this matter.
We at the Capitol Corridor believe that Black Lives Matter. We stand against racism and stand in solidarity with Black people against the injustices they have experienced due to the color of their skin.
The Capitol Corridor exists to connect the people of Northern California across its diverse communities and beyond with safe, reliable, and convenient transportation. Our community of riders reflects the diversity of our region, and our service would not be what it is without all that our riders bring to us. We are grateful for, and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.
It is our responsibility to our riders, colleagues, families, friends, and members of the communities we serve to find ways to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in our industry, now and into the future. We are committed to making a difference, and our staff will meet regularly to identify and implement actions that we can take to fight racism and give voice to Black people.
We know train travel is a necessity for some, and an adventure for others, and we are always working on how we can make everyone feel welcome and safe on their journey.
We are listening and learning, and we are committed to actively working for change. And we will aim to lift up others in all we do, and fight for a brighter future together.
According to a recent survey, most Capitol Corridor riders are looking forward to returning to the train and all its amenities, despite uncertainty about what their commute or regional travel needs may look like in the upcoming weeks and months. More Capitol Corridor Survey Finds Many Riders Are Excited to Return to Clean & Safe Trains