FAIRFIELD — Capitol Corridor trains in November 2012 saw a slight decrease in ridership, but continued to meet revenue targets.
The service carried 147,845 passengers for the month. That was a 1.8 percent drop from November 2011, something Managing Director David Kutrosky in a press release attributed to a decrease in ridership during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
But the Capitol Corridor service for the month brought in $2.7 million, a 4.6 percent increase from November 2011.
Trains for the month had an on-time performance of 94 percent. That means 94 percent of the trains arrived at the end of their runs within 10 minutes of schedule. The Capitol Corridor goal is 90 percent. The service has made improvements since 2007, when the on-time performance was only 75 percent.
Delays caused by trespassing, the raising of the drawbridge over the Carquinez Strait and mechanical difficulties are rising but haven’t affected the overall system on-time performance, Kutrosky wrote.
“That being said, I recognize this is an unsettling trend,” he wrote in his report.
Capitol Corridor officials have met with officials from the Coast Guard and other agencies to talk about the delays associated with the Carquinez Strait drawbridge, he wrote. The ships in the strait have the priority, but there are protocols to minimize the effects on trains.
The Capitol Corridor service runs along 170 miles from Placer County to Santa Clara County and has 16 stops. The sole Solano County stop is at the Suisun-Fairfield station on Main Street in Old Town, Suisun City. Fairfield and Vacaville are working to open a second Solano County stop near Vanden and Peabody roads in Fairfield within a few years.
A June 2012 customer survey found that 23 percent of Capitol Corridor riders come from Sacramento County, 20 percent from Alameda County, 12 percent from Placer County and 9 percent from Yolo County. No percentage was listed for Solano County.
The average rider is 44 years old and makes 127 one-way trips annually on the train, the survey found.
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