OAKLAND, CALIF., November 29, 2010 â€” Thanksgiving travelers helped to set a Capitol Corridor holiday ridership record this year.Â From Tuesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 28, 2010, 26,449 passengers ditched their cars in favor of riding the train.Â This is a three percent increase over the same period last year.
â€œThis record ridership clearly demonstrates that train travel is once again experiencing an increase in popularity,â€ Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) Board Chair Jim Holmes said.Â â€œOur 2010 Thanksgiving ridership beat out our previous threshold achieved in 2008 when 26,265 passengers hopped on board our trains.â€
Capitol Corridor officials attribute the record ridership to its high on-time performance by its host railroad, Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), high customer satisfaction with CCJPAâ€™s operating partner, Amtrak, and pre-holiday preparation by CCJPA staff.
â€œAfter the high Thanksgiving ridership in 2008, we learned to expect thousands of holiday travelers,â€ CCJPA Managing Director David Kutrosky said.Â â€œThis year, we were prepared.Â We arranged to add 5,700 seats on the Capitol Corridor, a 14% increase in seating availability.Â We did this by assigning all available spare cars to our holiday operations and leasing a trainset from Caltrain, which enabled us to add 1200 seats on the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thankgsivingâ€”two of the busiest rail travel days of the year.Â All together, these arrangements were the equivalent of adding three trainsets to our daily service.â€
CCJPA issued a news release, emailed customers and used Twitter, Facebook, and its website to announce its increased seating capacity.