CC Rail Mail – April 25, 2008

Priscilla Kalugdan CC Rail Mail & Newsletters

Capitol Corridor News – April 25, 2008
1. National Train Day
2. June Trackwork Project
3. BART Tickets
4. California Intercity Rail Video
5. Automated Train Status
6. Sacramento Jazz Jubilee
1. National Train Day
To raise awareness of the vital role rail plays in our nation’s
transportation system, Amtrak is celebrating the first annual National
Train Day on Saturday, May 10, 2008. The date of National Train Day,
May 10, holds special meaning as it is the anniversary of the
completion of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point,
Utah in 1869. At Promontory Point, the east coast and west coast were
connected for the first time by rail.
Capitol Corridor will celebrate National Train day locally, with
several activities and events, including:
Presentation of the first ever California Golden STAR Award
Join the Emeryville community at the Emeryville station on Saturday
May 10, for rail-related fun for the whole family! From 11am – 1pm,
the City of Emeryville will host a community celebration in
coordination with the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA),
Caltrans Division of Rail and Amtrak, to recognize National Train Day,
and the key role that the Emeryville station plays in getting people
and goods where they need to go. The CCJPA, Caltrans and Amtrak will
present the first-ever California Golden STAR (California Golden State
Advocate of Rail) Award. Additionally, the station will host
family-friendly fun such as a model train display, cookies and punch,
and children’s activities.
Free Admission to the California State Railroad Museum
On May 10, 2008, passengers showing their Amtrak ticket stub or
Sacramento River Cats game ticket stub or season ticket holder pass
will receive free admission to the California State Railroad Museum.
25% discount for travel
In celebration of National Train Day, Capitol Corridor invites you to
enjoy 25% off when you travel on Saturday, May 10, 2008. Not only is
this offer good for service on the Capitol Corridor®, but you could
also use it for travel on the Pacific Surfliner® or San Joaquins® and
connecting thruway motorcoach service on May 10th only. Don’t delay –
this offer is valid for sale from April 23 – May 7, 2008 only. Bring
the family along: each adult may bring up to 2 children at half the
regular adult fare. Visit for
more details!
More local event details will be announced, and as they become
available we’ll keep you informed in upcoming editions of CC Rail
Mail. You can also visit for
more details.
For more information about National Train Day events around the
nation, you can visit
2. June Trackwork Project
In early June, Union Pacific will upgrade track infrastructure
(primarily railroad ties & bridges) between Martinez and
Suisun/Fairfield, installing approximately 40,000 new wood ties at
their own expense. This is the second installment of a multi-year
track upgrade project between Oakland and Sacramento, which will keep
the railroad in good condition so trains can operate reliably.
During the course of the track work, some morning and early afternoon
Capitol Corridor trains will not operate between Martinez and
Suisun/Fairfield. Instead, connecting busses will handle passengers
between those two stations, and trains will operate on the remainder
of the route on a modified schedule. Early morning and late
afternoon/evening trains should not be affected. At this point, the
modified schedule for the affected trains is still being developed.
More information will be announced when it becomes available.
3. BART Tickets
When you purchase a discounted BART ticket on board, make sure to keep
it away from magnets, which can demagnetize your ticket and make it
Store your ticket away from these items that may contain magnets:
* bag/jewelry clasps
* mobile phones
* personal electronic devices such as PDAs, MP3 players, etc.
4. California Intercity Rail Video
On February 21, 2008, an “Intercity Passenger Rail Day” was held in
Sacramento to provide a forum for legislators, transportation
executives, corridor managers and elected officials to discuss
strategies to sustain and expand intercity passenger service. The
Chairs of all four intercity passenger rail corridors spoke on the
benefits and challenges of rail and urged all legislators to commit to
providing an annual stream of funding to sustain and improve the
state’s passenger rail system.
As part of the educational program for legislators and executives,
CCJPA produced a video to showcase the successes of the State of
California’s 18-year investment in passenger rail, featuring the
Capitol Corridor, Pacific Surfliner, and San Joaquin rail lines. The
Capitol Corridor has hosted a copy of this educational video on our
website for passengers to view.
Please be advised that the video will load for 10 seconds before
playing (length: 10 minutes).
View the California Intercity Rail Video
5. Automated Train Status
Looking for an easier way to find the status of your train? Visit our
automated train status feature! It’s available online at
6. Sacramento Jazz Jubilee- Sounds Like Fun!
This Memorial Day, take the Capitol Corridor to the 35th annual
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. From May 23-26, 2008, about 100 performing
groups, in more than a dozen Jazz genres, will descend upon
Sacramento to entertain music fans. Capitol Corridor’s Sacramento
station is less than a block from Old Sacramento- just steps from the
action. And with our free transit transfer pass, you can connect to
Sacramento Regional Transit buses or light rail to travel to the other
festival venues.
For more information about the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, visit
For information about Capitol Corridor service, visit or call 1-877-9RIDECC (1-877-974-3322).
Try our automated train status feature by calling 1-877-9RIDECC
(1-877-974-3322) and pressing “1” or visiting