Emeryville, CA (March 24, 2006) – On March 23, 2006 the Capitol Corridor train service welcomed its 10 millionth passenger on board. A regular Capitol Corridor passenger for nearly six years, Kirk Swenson was counted as the 10 millionth passenger as he approached train 527 at the Davis station. On hand to greet and congratulate him was Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) Chairman Roger Dickinson. Assemblywoman Lois Wolk representing the 8th District presented Kirk with a certificate of recognition from the California State Assembly.
“We’re very pleased with the success of the Capitol Corridor’s rail passenger service. The future is bright for intercity trains as we expect millions more travelers will continue to be attracted to this convenient and efficient mode of travel,” said Eugene K. Skoropowski, Managing Director of the CCJPA.
“This event is yet another milestone that celebrates Capitol Corridor’s ongoing success,” said CCJPA Chairman Roger Dickinson.
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On board, the fun continued as Skoropowski greeted Kirk, his wife Ramona, and their two sons. Members of the Capitol Corridor staff passed out commemorative chocolate bars that contained chances for passengers to win free 10-ride tickets for the Capitol Corridor service.
Arriving at the Emeryville station, Mr. Kirk Swenson was welcomed by CCJPA Vice-Chair Forrest Williams. Amtrak’s District Superintendent for the Bay District Steve Shelton and Caltrans Rail Director Bill Bronte also offered their congratulations to the passenger. Emeryville Vice-Mayor Dick Kassis welcomed the ten millionth passenger on behalf of the city and reiterated the community’s support for convenient transportation options. The Capitol Corridor presented Mr. Swenson with a complimentary monthly pass. In addition, he was also given a scenic Delta River Cruise from Harbor Bay Maritime and tickets to an upcoming Oakland Athletics game.