FAIRFIELD — A four-day Bay Area Rapid Transit strike in July might have helped boost Capitol Corridor ridership for the first time this year.
The regional train system compares monthly ridership with the same month in the previous year. July saw a 2.3 percent ridership increase compared to July 2012, with 140,533 riders. That’s the first such increase in 2013.
“While the ridership increase for July 2013 can be considered a positive step forward, we will see if this ridership increase can be sustained,” Capitol Corridor Managing Director David Kutrosky wrote to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority board of directors.
The Capitol Corridor trains run between Sacramento and San Jose, including a stop at the Richmond BART station. The lone Solano County stop is in Suisun City, though Fairfield and Vacaville plan to build a train station at Peabody and Vanden roads.
Year-to-date ridership on the Capitol Corridor system is 1.4 million, a 2.9 percent decrease from the 2012 year-to-date figures and 5.2 percent less than the Capitol Corridor system had projected in its fiscal year plan.
Meanwhile, the Capitol Corridor system in July once again claimed the top spot nationally in the Amtrak system for on-time performance. Its trains reach the end of their runs within 10 minutes of schedule 94 percent of the time. The year-to-date, on-time performance is 95 percent.
By comparison, the trains in 2006 had an on-time performance of about 75 percent.
Delays are caused by signal outages and unscheduled maintenance on the Union Pacific tracks and Amtrak mechanical malfunctions, Kutrosky said. Capitol Corridor system staff has met with staff from Union Pacific and Amtrak to talk about the few incidents that have caused significant delays of a half-hour or more, he said.
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