There was a sea of red on Sunday, August 17, at the Santa Clara/Great America Station as football fans poured off the morning Capitol Corridor trains from Auburn and Sacramento to see the “red and gold” in action for the first time at the new stadium. Capitol Corridor ridership on Sunday was brisk, carrying approximately 700 fans to and from the much-anticipated game. About a third started in Sacramento, although passengers were getting on at every station along the way, with Martinez having the second highest number of boardings. More Fans Enjoy “Traffic-less” Ride to 49ers Pre-Season Opener
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton popularized the old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” which increased awareness about the need to be involved in our communities. Once again the Capitol Corridor will be a part of a multi-regional “village” to help “Fight Hunger One Stop at a Time.” From June 1 through June 15 we will host collection bins at our staffed stations to collect food for families in need in the eight counties we serve. The public may also help fight hunger by donating online on the food bank websites.
The beginning of summer is a critical time to replenish food banks. During the school year many children in need are served meals at school, but they lose that resource when classes break for summer. We want to fight hunger by asking our passengers and the communities along our corridor to donate nutritious, nonperishable food items (peanut butter in plastic jars, rice, beans, healthy cereals, canned vegetables and fruit) at the collection bins at our stations.
This year, Amtrak, Amtrak California, Caltrain, the Solano Transportation Authority, Sacramento Regional Transit and Union Pacific are joining the Fight Hunger campaign. The help of our partners makes our 2012 campaign the biggest rail-related food drive in California, if not the nation!
Riding Capitol Corridor to a Bike-Friendly Event?
To help accommodate passengers who bring bikes on board, we are reaching out to the bike community. We want to do our best to have room for bike groups traveling to bike-friendly events on our corridor. If you know of this type of event and are planning to attend with your bike please contact us at least three weeks before you travel with us. We’d like to know well in advance how many bicyclists to expect to determine the best train equipment combination. If you’re traveling in a group, you may want to take advantage of Capitol Corridor’s group travel (21-day advance notice required) program.
We want everyone to have a positive, safe train experience. Giving us a heads up on those events where you predict folks will bring bikes on board will help us achieve this goal.
New Santa Clara Stop for Capitol Corridor Trains
Good news for travelers heading to and from Silicon Valley! On May 21, 2012 the Capitol Corridor added service to Caltrain’s Santa Clara/University Station (station code SCC). This new stop is located at 1001 Railroad Avenue in Santa Clara. It provides convenient access to Santa Clara University, San Jose’s Mineta Airport and a seamless connection to Caltrain and ACE train services. By adding the Caltrain Santa Clara/University Station to our route, we are now providing a green connection to four international airports and five universities!