June 1 and 2 Delays
The Capitol Corridor Management team considers safety and the safe operation of trains as our top priority. One initiative to ensure safety on trains is “Efficiency Testing” conducted by our host railroad. You may have been on our trains on June 1st and 2nd when numerous Capitol Corridor trains were delayed because of mandatory railroad Efficiency Testing.
Efficiency Testing is prescribed by the Federal Railroad Administration. These unannounced tests are staged by railroad management. By law, all railroad train crews, including Capitol Corridor crews, must be randomly tested. When tested, train crews may be asked to produce all required rule books and documents to ensure they are up to date and in good order and crews may be quizzed on railroad rules. Tests are random and unannounced, so there is no way to predict when or where a random test will be held.
While not a frequent event, testing does occur on small scale every month, or in larger exercises like the ones that took place on June 1st and 2nd that test multiple train crews, which did cause delays. Capitol Corridor staff is committed to work with Amtrak and Union Pacific, our host railroad, to keep trains moving with minimal impact to our schedules within the framework of the FRA and railroad rules.
To add to everyone’s stress level, Amtrak also experienced ticket system and passenger display sign outages on June 2. Fortunately, those outages have been addressed.
We know that you have come to rely on the Capitol Corridor to get you where you need to go and we want to maintain your confidence in the 95 % on-time performance we have worked to achieve these past two years.
Transportation options are a choice, and I am grateful that you choose to ride the Capitol Corridor. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
“Fight Hunger One Stop at a Time” Launch
On a community-related note, early on June 1 we launched the second annual “Fight Hunger One Stop at a Time” food drive. This is the most expansive food drive in California, involving eight counties, seven food banks and six staffed Capitol Corridor/Amtrak stations. Our goal is to help families in need from Placer County to Silicon Valley. School breakfast/lunch programs are not available for kids during the summertime when school is out.
As part of our launch to build public awareness about the food drive, I took the train to Sacramento Valley Station to thank the passengers from Placer County as they lined up to drop food donations to help families in need. Residents from the City of Sacramento, watching the footage from early morning news casts, came from their homes to donate as well.
On Monday, June 6, the “CC Riders” are sponsoring a community food drop off event at the Auburn/Conheim Station at 6:30 p.m. If you’re a Placer County resident, please bring a non-perishable food item to help replenish the Placer Food Bank!
We would love to exceed the nearly half a ton of food we collected last year for families in need. Again I write: If each passenger decides to donate at least one food item during our campaign, think of the tens of thousands of people we can help to feed!