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Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (February, 2014)

Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Service Performance Overview
Capitol Corridor ridership and revenue for February 2014 were slightly below last February’s results: -1.6% and -2.7%, respectively. A total of 104,308 trips were made on the Capitol Corridor in February 2014 vs. 105,964 in February 2013. I attribute this decline in ridership to night-time track work performed by Union Pacific Railroad between Richmond and Martinez, which resulted in substituting the two last weekday trains (#548 and #551) with buses between Oakland and Sacramento. We greatly appreciate UPRR performing this much needed state-of-good repair at night instead of midday, which would have meant running fewer trains, resulting in larger ridership losses. This track work is expected to be completed in mid-March.

On-Time Performance (OTP) slipped to 92%, primarily due to Amtrak mechanical delays in the first week of February and delays to evening trains passing through the UPRR track work area. Reliability significantly increased from 87% in the first half of the month to 92% in the latter part of February. The operating ratio was 53% in February 2014 keeping the year-to-date (YTD) ratio at 50%, below plan of 53% due to YTD revenues being below projection.

Work continues to address ridership losses at specific stations and trains as follows:

  • Trains serving Placer County stations (one in each direction): Meetings with local transit bus agencies in Placer County have identified challenges to coordinate schedules and fares with the one Capitol Corridor train to/from Sacramento. Staff is developing a plan to address these challenges. Sacramento station: A follow-up meeting is scheduled in late March to scope out near-term projects that can improve access to the relocated platforms.
  • Weekend trains: The February 17, 2014 timetable change included later start times for the late night train (weekday and weekend) out of the Bay Area to Sacramento in order to provide return travel options for Capitol Corridor passengers attending weekday Oakland A’s and Raiders night games as well as weekend evening events in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland.
  • FY 14-15 Draft State Budget
    The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget was released on January 9, 2014, which included the California State Transportation agency’s (CalSTA) recommendations to focus this year’s budget on three areas: maintaining existing transportation nfrastructure, modernizing rail, and supporting local governments as they implement sustainable communities’ plans pursuant to SB 375.

  • CA Intercity Passenger Rail Operating Budget – The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget provides funding of $108.9 million to support the operation on the three intercity passenger rail routes (San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner and Capitol Corridor), which is equal to last year’s FY 13-14 budget. The Governor’s draft budget may be updated as part of the May Revise based on Amtrak’s submittal of final FY 14-15 operating (and ridership and revenue) estimates which are expected from Amtrak in late March, 2014.
  • Cap and Trade Auction Proceeds – The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget also includes $300 million in revenues from Cap and Trade auction proceeds for the Rail Modernization Program that would be split $250 million for the California High Speed Rail Authority to start construction of a high speed train system in the Central Valley and $50 million for Caltrans’ allocation of competitive grants for existing rail transit agencies to integrate rail systems and provide connectivity to high speed rail. CCJPA sent a letter, based on input provided by the CCJPA Board at its February 19, 2014 meeting, to Assemblymember Bloom (Chair of the Budget Subcommittee #3) stating the $50 million that is available to over thirteen eligible rail transit services/agencies is unlikely to provide significant tangible benefits and that the FY 14-15 Rail Modernization Program account should be increased ten fold to $500 million from Cap and Trade revenues. The increased account could be distributed via a programmatic formula that is fair and equitable and would have enough funds to allow the state’s passenger rail network and rail transit services to expand rail service levels to meet growing passenger demand, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and support sustainability programs in our communities.
  • Select Committee on Passenger Rail (Senate and Assembly)
    The Select Committee had its first hearing on March 19, 2014. Initial comments from committee members and others indicated that the first hearing was a success. A more detailed summary will be provided next month. A second hearing is planned later in spring (perhaps May). Two documents were developed and prepared by the California Intercity Passenger Rail (CIPR) leadership (Chairs, Vice Chairs, senior staff of the CCJPA, LOSSAN JPA, San Joaquin JPA, and emerging IPR corridor agencies) and distributed at the hearing [California Intercity Passenger Rail 2014 Report and List of Supporters]. Efforts continue to develop a similar committee in the Assembly.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades

  • CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: Retrofitting of cab cars in the Northern California fleet for additional bike storage has been completed, but before the Bicycle Access Program can be launched, each of these cab cars must have Positive Train Control hardware installed, which is scheduled for completion in May 2014. This will allow each Capitol Corridor train to have a cab/bike car (the 8300-series or 6400-series) and a coach/bike car (the 8200 series) in first position of each weekday train consist, therefore nearly doubling the storage capacity (from 15 to 29 spaces) for bikes on each train. For at station bicycle amenities, the CCJPA is completing the funding request materials, specifically the environmental documentation, to obtain $556,000 from the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to install the eLockers and folding bicycle rental systems. CTC action is anticipated no later than May 2014.
  • Improvements to CCJPA Website and Automated Interactive Voice Response System. Staff has begun the procurement process to update the CCJPA website and improve the CCJPA train status web/mobile device application. Once a vendor is selected, it is anticipated that these updates will be done in six to eight weeks (late spring 2014).
  • Safety Initiatives

  • Safety Fences: With the approval of Phase 2 of the 2013 Fencing and Security Enhancements project, a total of 15,802 feet of fencing will be constructed along the Capitol Corridor in 2014.
  • Positive Train Control. Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is currently proceeding with all locomotives equipped and installation on cab cars underway (~80 complete). Completion is expected by April 2014.
  • Station Access Safety Improvements. A station-by-station site analysis has been performed to identify a suite of upgrades to lighting, signage and access at all 17 stations. A program of work is scheduled to begin in early April (weather permitting).
  • Project Updates

  • Sacramento to Roseville Third Track Environmental Review/Preliminary Engineering: A variety of design options along the existing route between Sacramento and the Roseville area have been considered, which mainly involve determining which side of UPRR’s track right-of-way would accommodate the planned third track while keeping the optimal location for the Roseville station at its current location. The project team is evaluating the potential locations for layover facility/yard, within the vicinity of the station, which will not jeopardize the operation of the UPRR’s Roseville Yard. The CCJPA anticipates that a Notice of Preparation (NOP), which launches the environmental documentation, will be initiated in approximately April 2014. An extensive public participation will be launched along with the NOP. This public participation process includes meetings in the Roseville and Sacramento areas plus an extensive online presence with public tools and participation opportunities for people to interact with the project.
  • Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Track Project. CCJPA staff is set to begin pre-development work with the selected consultant team. Initial work efforts include review of prior proposed projects, ridership and revenue analysis based on planned service increases to/from San Jose, and environmental screening of the proposed projects.
  • Outlook – Closing: Ridership for the Capitol Corridor for the first four months of FY2014 (October 2013-February 2014) is slightly below [-0.6%] FY2013 YTD and revenue is 3% below. Fuel expenses are slightly under budget; however, revenues are under projections, leading the system operating ratio to be at 50% rather than the forecasted 53%. Other key service performance sectors — on-time performance and customer satisfaction — are exceptional. UPRR has been able to meet its goal for OTP on the Capitol Corridor and monthly customer ratings of the service remain in the top five of the Amtrak system. Staff continues to work with Amtrak to develop scheduling options that will improve system performance for the Capitol Corridor [increased ridership/revenues, reduced operating costs] while keeping the operation of the trains safe, reliable and customer-focused.

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (January, 2014)

    David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

    Service Performance Overview
    The service performance results in January 2014 for the Capitol Corridor were mixed. Ridership for January 2014 slightly increased 0.6% compared
    with prior year-month results, while revenue was 3.8% below January 2013. On-time performance (OTP) was once again a spectacular 97%, moving year to-date (YTD) OTP up to 97%. Capitol Corridor continues to be the most reliable train service in the Amtrak system. These ridership and OTP results are even more remarkable as Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) began a night-time tie replacement project [mid-January through February 2014] that resulted in two late night trains being replaced by buses.

    Initial analyses have identified ridership losses at specific stations and trains and staff has been working with our partners to address these
    deficiencies:
    · Sacramento Station: Meetings with the City of Sacramento have begun to determine near-term projects that can improve access; in addition, within the next 3 years, Sacramento Regional Transit anticipates its light rail platform will be relocated to the tunnel portal, which could reduce travel time between Capitol Corridor and Sac RT light rail trains by up to 50%.
    · Davis Station: Discussions with the City of Davis are continuing to determine near-term efforts to increase parking at satellite locations as the current Depot lot is filled by 7am on weekdays.
    · Trains serving Placer County stations (one in each direction): Meetings have begun with local transit bus agencies in Placer County to review the feasibility of coordinated schedules and fares with the one Capitol Corridor train to/from Sacramento.
    · Midday weekday and weekend trains: Targeted promotions have been initiated, and staff is awaiting results from Amtrak.

    FY 14-15 Draft State Budget
    The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) formed a work group to establish priorities for transportation expenditures and evaluate how state government can best direct and assist in the development of high priority investments that will meet the state’s infrastructure needs. To that end, the CalSTA Secretary and this stakeholder group developed a plan titled “California Transportation Investment Priorities” (CTIP). The Governor’s
    Draft FY 14-15 Budget (released on January 9, 2014), using input from the CTIP team, recommends focusing on three areas: maintaining existing
    transportation infrastructure, modernizing rail, and supporting local governments as they implement sustainable community’s plans pursuant to SB 375.

    · CA Intercity Passenger Rail Operating Budget – The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget provides funding of $108.9 million to support the operation on the three intercity passenger rail routes (San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner and Capitol Corridor), which is equal to last year’s FY 13-14 budget. The Governor’s draft budget may be updated as part of the May Revise based on Amtrak’s submittal of final FY 14-15 operating (and ridership and revenue) estimates which are expected from Amtrak in late March 2014.

    · Cap and Trade Auction Proceeds – The Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 Budget also includes $400 million in revenues from Cap and Trade auction proceeds:
    – $300 million for Rail Modernization: $250 million for the California High Speed Rail Authority to start construction of high speed train system in the Central Valley plus $50 million for Caltrans’ allocation of competitive grants for existing rail transit agencies to integrate rail systems and provide connectivity to HST.
    – $100 million for Sustainable Communities Strategies: Strategic Growth Council will allocate these funds to support investments towards the implementation of SB 375 sustainable communities strategies (i.e., transit and transit?oriented development, active transportation).

    Select Committee on Passenger Rail (Senate and Assembly)
    On January 22, 2014, the State Senate Rules Committee approved the formation of the Senate Select Committee on Passenger Rail. State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has been appointed as Chair of the Select Committee with Senator Mark DeSaulnier, serving as Vice-Chair. Other committee members include Senator Marty Block, Senator Anthony Cannella, Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Senator Jerry Hill, Senator Carol Liu, and Senator Alex Padilla. The first hearing of the select committee is planned in Spring 2014. The Guiding Principles adopted by the CCJPA Board were used to help formulate the mission of the select committee, which will examine investment (from state and federal and local funds) to (1) continue the success of the state’s IPR services and (2) ensure investment also supports an integrated passenger rail network of intercity, commuter and high speed trains.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    · February 17, 2014 Timetable/Schedule Change: The CCPA implemented a timetable change on February 17, 2014 to coincide with UPPR’s completion of its tie renewal program (between Richmond and Martinez). Highlights of this timetable change are later start times for the last night train (weekday and weekend) out of the Bay Area to Sacramento in order to provide travel home options for Capitol Corridor passengers attending weekday Oakland A’s and Raiders night games as well as weekend evening events in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland.
    · CCJPA Bicycle Access Program: Retrofitting of cab cars in the Northern California fleet for additional bike storage has been completed, but before the Bicycle Access Program can be launched, each of these cab cars must have Positive Train Control hardware installed, which is scheduled for completion in May 2014. This will allow each Capitol Corridor train to have a cab/bike car (the 8300-series or 6400-series) and a coach/bike car (the 8200 series) in position #1 of each weekday train consist, therefore nearly doubling the storage capacity for bikes on each train (from 15 to 29 spaces). For at-station bicycle amenities, the CCJPA is completing the funding request materials, specifically the environmental documentation, to obtain $556,000 from the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to install the eLockers and folding bicycle rental systems. CTC action is anticipated no later than May 2014.
    · eTicketing Upgrades: At the CCJPA’s request, in January 2014 Amtrak has launched conductor wireless printers for seat-checks and sales receipts as well as software upgrades to allow for print-at-home multi-ride tickets, which can be stored on mobile devices.
    · Improvements to CCJPA Website and Automated Interactive Voice Response System. Staff has begun the procurement process to update the CCJPA website and improve the CCJPA train status web/mobile device application. Once a vendor is selected, it is anticipated that these updates will be done in 6 to 8 weeks (late Spring 2014).

    Safety Initiatives
    · Safety Fences: With the approval of Phase 2 of the 2013 Fencing and Security Enhancements project, a total of 15,802 feet of fencing will be constructed along the Capitol Corridor in 2014.
    · Positive Train Control. Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is currently proceeding with all locomotives equipped and installation on cab cars underway (~80% complete). Completion is expected by April 2014.

    Project Updates
    · Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary Engineering: A variety of design options along the existing route between Sacramento and the Roseville area have been considered which mainly involve on which side of UPRR’s track right-of-way would accommodate the planned 3rd track with the optimal location for the Roseville Station at its current location. Within the vicinity of the station, the project team is evaluating the potential locations for layover facility/yard that does not jeopardize the operation of the UPRR’s Roseville Yard. The CCJPA anticipates that a Notice of Preparation (NOP), which launches the environmental documentation, will be initiated in approximately April 2014. An extensive public participation will be launched along with the NOP. This public participation process includes hosted meetings in the Roseville and Sacramento areas plus an extensive online presence with other tools and public participation opportunities for people to interact with the project on their own time.
    · Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Track Project. CCJPA staff is currently in negotiations at this time with BART staff assisting with the normal audit of the top team’s compensation rates. A signed contract between CCJPA and the selected vendor is expected by mid-February 2014. The team will be responsible, on a task order issued basis, for leading the design and environmental effort for a series of sub-projects that will be part of the overall Oakland to San Jose Phase 2 track improvements.

    Marketing Update:

    Outlook – Closing: Ridership for the Capitol Corridor for the first third of the FY2014 (October 2013-January 2014) is slightly below FY2013 YTD and revenue has dropped 3%, which in turn has reduced the system operating ratio to 49%. Yet other service performance sectors — on-time performance and customer satisfaction — are increasing. UPRR has been able to maintain its commitment to superior OTP for the Capitol Corridor, which has resulted in the lowest amount of delay minutes in the Amtrak system. Staff will continue to analyze and implement feasible scheduling options to improve system performance [increased ridership/revenues, reduced operating costs] while ensuring that the Capitol Corridor remains a safe, customer-focused, reliable, premier intercity passenger rail service.

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Statistics for December, 2013

    by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

    Ridership on Capitol Corridor in December 2013 was 111,722, an increase of
    three percent over December 2012. This was the first time in FY2014 that for a given month was higher than the ridership of its prior year
    month. As a result, revenues for December 2013 were 3.5% above those of December 2012. This ridership boost is attributed to (1) the Thanksgiving
    travel week extended into Sunday, December 1, and (2) strong weekend ridership [+4.9% compared to December 2012], especially during the last two
    weekends of the holiday season.

    On-time performance (OTP) for December 2013 was an extraordinary 98% thanks in large part to excellent dispatching by Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and Caltrain, plus a steady and significant drop in Amtrak mechanical delay minutes. The year-to-date system operating ratio is 50%, below the 53%
    standard due to decreased ridership/revenues.

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    As follow up from earlier reports, the analyses on the ridership declines indicate that there have been continued customer losses at the Placer
    County, Sacramento and Davis stations, as well as on the midday trains. Weekend ridership also remains flat. To stimulate ridership at these
    stations and during off-peak time periods, we have reinstituted the Senior 50% mid-week and 50% weekend travel discounts. Both discount promotions
    will be monitored to determine their effectiveness. Early analysis shows that the 50% weekend discount seems to have helped boost ridership in the
    second half of December 2013. Discussions are now underway with the communities of Davis and Sacramento and Placer County to address the
    ridership declines in these markets.

    In a parallel effort, CCJPA and Amtrak staffs are evaluating changes to the weekday and weekend operating plans to determine if cost efficiencies
    and/or ridership gains can be achieved. Any changes to the operating plans 0and train schedules that are achievable and can improve service performance (ridership, revenues and cost efficiencies) will be implemented no earlier than late summer/early fall 2014.

    Restated FY2013 Financial Results

    In earlier monthly performance reports, it was reported that monthly fuel invoices from Amtrak were coming in up to 44% under budget. Initially
    these financials were attributed to the 480-volt plug-in cabinets at the new Sacramento Valley station platforms (allowing trains to power up
    without using fuel during multi-hour layovers) and the repowered, more fuel-efficient engines in the California locomotives. This, however,
    proved too good to be true. After inquiries from CCJPA staff to Amtrak requesting a review of these monthly invoices, specifically to examine the
    significant drop in gallons of fuel invoiced at Sacramento, Amtrak reported that the fuel pumped from the new underground fuel tank had not been
    properly accounted for between January and September 2013. Amtrak submitted a restated annual invoice for FY2013 that corrected the monthly
    fuel consumption and corresponding costs to Capitol Corridor. This restated invoice changes the reported financials, resulting in a reduced
    system operating ratio of 49%, compared to the initial report of 52%. Going into FY2014, Amtrak has committed to frequent, regularly scheduled
    meetings (no less than quarterly) to review monthly invoices and service performance results. We anticipate that these meetings will result in more informed and timely decisions for any adjustments to service to meet the contractual budget.

    On a positive note, the fuel invoices from Amtrak did indicate that fuel consumption for FY2013 dropped by 111,000 gallons compared to FY2012 due to
    the 480-volt power cabinets in Sacramento and the repowered California 00locomotive engines.

    Funding Outlook

    State/California
    – Draft FY2014-15 State Budget: On January 9, 2014, the Governor
    released his draft State Budget for FY2014-15, which includes $108.9
    million to support the operation of the three California intercity
    passenger rail (IPR) services (San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and
    Pacific Surfliner). This IPR operating budget conforms with Passenger
    Rail Improvement and Investment Act (PRIIA) Section 209 Policy for
    the pricing of Amtrak-operated, state-supported IPR services.

    The Governor’s draft budget identifies $300 million in proceeds from
    Cap and Trade Auction revenues for the Rail Modernization Program:
    $250 million to support the development of the Initial Operating
    Segment (IOS) of the California High Speed Train (HST) system between
    the San Fernando Valley and Merced and $50 million for projects that
    connect public rail transit services with the HST system. Details of
    the Rail Modernization Program and the allocation and appropriation
    of the Cap and Trade Revenues are expected to be fully vetted during
    this year’s legislative session.

    – Select Committee on Passenger Rail (Senate and Assembly): Progress
    continues in the Senate under the leadership of State Senator
    Hannah-Beth Jackson’s office to develop a Select Committee on
    Passenger Rail. Similar efforts are underway in the Assembly to
    develop a similar select committee. The purpose of these select
    committees is to garner support within the legislature to increase
    investment in the state’s passenger rail system.

    Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization

    It is unclear how Congress will address the expiration and subsequent reauthorization of the federal Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment
    Act of 2008, which expired on October 16, 2013. This act covers Amtrak authorization and the current railroad safety programs, including Positive
    Train Control (PTC). APTA has recently adopted a program for the federal investment in a national intercity passenger rail network that includes
    state-sponsored IPR routes, the Amtrak system and planned high/higher speed train services. This program presents principles that will then be
    referenced into APTA’s documents supporting the upcoming surface transportation authorization efforts of MAP-21, thereby helping to establish a federally-funded Rail Title. CCJPA staff continues to work with AASHTO and other interested agencies to prepare and advance principles similar to those adopted by APTA.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    • Bicycle Access Plan: A launch of the on-board element of the Plan is set
    for Spring 2014 now that all the cab cars have been modified for added bike
    storage and the remaining five modified cab cars are going through PTC
    equipment installation. Capitol Corridor has been able to double bicycle
    capacity on select trains with heavy bike use by adding a second car with
    expanded bike storage (a baggage/bike car). This enhanced storage has been
    made possible through the collaboration of the CCJPA and Caltrans, whereby
    Capitol Corridor receives one baggage/bike car from the San Joaquin fleet
    in exchange for one regular coach car from the Capitol Corridor fleet.

    At-station elements of the Plan are proceeding with a deployment during 2014 of at-station facilities (eLockers and/or folding bicycle rental
    programs).

    Safety Initiatives

    • On-board installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) Equipment:
    Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is
    proceeding. All California owned locomotives have been equipped (final
    commissioning to begin once all radio antennas are received and installed)
    and installation on cab cars is underway (~70% complete).

    • Safety Fences: With the recent allocation of nearly $1 million by the
    CCJPA Board in fall 2013, UPRR is proceeding with an expedited program of
    safety fence installations along sections of the route in 2014 where
    incidents of unauthorized trespassing and vandalism have been reported
    (West Sacramento, Davis, Solano County).

    • Employee/Passenger Injuries: The Capitol Corridor had a very safe first
    quarter of FY2014 with only one reported Amtrak employee injury and two
    passenger injuries, which were relatively similar to the first quarter of
    FY2013. Unfortunately, during this same period, there were four trespasser
    fatalities, compared to three in the prior year quarter.

    Marketing Updates
    • The CCJPA has taken immediate action to address ridership declines with
    the launch of the 50% online fare discount for weekend travel and the
    popular Senior 50% discount for mid-week travel. Future promotions may be
    developed and released pending the results of actions to address other
    underperforming markets: Placer County and the Davis and Sacramento
    stations.

    Outlook: The end of the first quarter in FY2014 shows some good tidings on the Capitol Corridor. Positive ridership and revenue results for December 2013 helped keep the loss in year-to-date ridership and revenues to -3% each. The Capitol Corridor is still the third busiest service in the Amtrak system, as well as the most reliable with a 96% OTP. This strong 0erformance has helped us maintain high customer satisfaction scores and retain a solid ridership base. Concurrently, we continue to work with our operating and funding partners to complete pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County), and to develop advocacy strategies to secure capital grant funds to construct these service expansion projects.

    CA Rail Statistics

    November 2013 Capitol Corridor Service Performance

    Report by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

    The performance results for both ridership and revenue continued to decline in November 2013 when compared to November 2012.

    For November 2013, a total of 117,891 passengers rode the Capitol Corridor trains, representing a 6.8% drop in ridership and an 8.2% decline in revenues versus November 2012. Specifically, ridership for the Thanksgiving week (November 25 – December 1, 2013) was 4.8% below the 2012 results. These 2013 holiday results were equal to the Thanksgiving 2010 report. A minor portion of these ridership losses can be attributed to having the last day of the Thanksgiving week fall on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

    On-time performance (OTP), however, continues to maintain a superior level of 96%, keeping the Capitol Corridor as the most reliable service in the Amtrak network. The year-to-date system operating ratio is 51%, below the 53% standard due to decreased ridership/revenues.

    As stated in earlier reports, our an initial analysis of our downward ridership trend has revealed that the largest sustained customer losses are occurring at the Placer County, Sacramento and Davis stations, and on the midday trains. Efforts are underway now to reverse these trends. Some immediate actions include the reinstitution of the Seniors 50% discount on midday trains and the 50% on-line fare discount for weekend travel.

    Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), our host railroad, continues to maintain the railroad in a good state of repair thanks in part due to the annual CCJPA/UPRR Capitalized Maintenance Program and disciplined dispatching. The delay minutes that can be attributed to UPRR are the lowest in the Amtrak system and have been trending even further downward since August 2013.

    After concerted efforts with our service partners and local communities, third party associated delays (such as trespasser incidents and bridge lifts) and mechanical delays due to Amtrak maintenance have also declined and have pushed the OTP to continuously be above 95%.

    Funding Outlook, State/California

    Draft FY 14-15 State Budget: In January 2014, the Governor will release his draft State Budget for FY 14-15. The State Budget Act of 2013 for FY 13-14 included $108.9 million to support the operation of the three CA IPR services (San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner), an increase of $18.6 million to conform with the implementation of the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy for the nation’s twenty-seven (27) Amtrak-operated, state supported IPR services. It is anticipated that the Governor’s Draft FY 14-15 State Budget will continue with this conformance to PRIIA Section 209 for the three CA IPR services.

    It is unclear what the Governor’s draft budget will include for Cap and Trade Auction revenues. If such revenues are included in the draft budget, eligible projects are expected to include: rail modernization and system integration (including intercity and high speed rail); expanded transit and ridership programs; infrastructure; livable communities; transit-oriented development; and active transportation.

    Select Committee on Passenger Rail (Senate and Assembly): CCJPA and other California IPR agency staff have been working with State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s office to develop a Select Committee in the Senate that will pursue growth in investment for the state’s passenger rail system. Concurrently efforts are underway to develop a similar select committee in the Assembly.

    Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization

    Recently, there has been some movement to produce federal legislation to reauthorize the Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment Act of 2008, which expired on October 16, 2013. This act covers Amtrak authorization and the current railroad safety programs, including Positive Train Control (PTC). APTA has recently adopted a program for the federal investment in a national intercity passenger rail network that includes state-sponsored IPR routes, the Amtrak system and planned high/higher speed train services. This program presents principles that will then be referenced into APTA’s documents supporting the upcoming surface transportation authorization efforts of MAP-21, thereby helping to establish a federally-funded Rail Title. CCJPA staff also continues to work with AASHTO and other interested agencies to prepare and advance principles similar to those adopted by APTA.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    Bicycle Access Plan: A launch of the on-board element of the Plan is set for Spring 2014 once the all the cab cars have been modified for added bike storage and the PTC equipment has been installed in these cars. Concurrently, on some of the trains with heavy bike utilization, the CCJPA is working to replace one regular coach car with a coach/baggage car which has expanded lower level bike space (similar to modified cab cars).

    In concert, at-station elements of Plan are moving forward over the next year (2014) to deploy the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs once all funding and related agreements are completed by late January 2014.

    Safety Initiatives
    On-Board Installation of Positive Train Control Equipment:

    • Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is proceeding. All California owned locomotives have been equipped and installation on cab cars is underway (~60% complete).
    • Safety Fences: Continued investment to secure the right-of-way and deter trespassers via fence projects in North Richmond and the Suisun/Fairfield Station.
    • Grade Crossing Upgrades: Outreach has begun with local communities to assist the CCJPA in addressing delays and safety concerns associated with a recent spike in cars getting stuck on the tracks. These incidents are occurring at or near the Oakland Jack London Station/Embarcadero roadway, causing delays of 30 minutes or more.

    Marketing Updates While the 50% train fare discount for weekend travel and popular Seniors ride for 50% off on selected weekday midday trains are currently underway to fill the weekend and midday weekday ridership gaps, the CCJPA is working with Amtrak to address other underperforming markets: Placer County, Davis and Sacramento stations.

    Outlook: While the ridership and revenues for the first two months of FY 2014 are 5% and 6% below FY 2013, respectively, the Capitol Corridor remains the third busiest service in the Amtrak system and the most reliable with a 96% OTP. The Capitol Corridor has a solid foundation of loyal, frequent riders supported by the commitment from our service partners to safety, reliability and high quality customer service. Targeted marketing programs are underway and being developed to address ridership losses with the intent to push ridership levels into positive results. The CCJPA team working with operating and funding partners continue to complete pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County), as well as developing advocacy strategies to secure capital grant funds to construct these service expansion projects.

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Statistics (October, 2013)

    By David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
    Service Performance Overview
    FY2013 Projected Results

    Year-over-year ridership on the Capitol Corridor trains was even with last September. 132,937 passengers rode the Capitol Corridor trains in September 2013, closing out FY 2013 with a total of 1.70 million riders and representing a ridership decrease of 2.6% (or a loss of approximately 45,000 riders).

    Revenues for September 2013 were down 3.6% compared to September 2012, with total FY 2013 revenues down 1.1% below FY 2012. Ridership losses appear to be lessening as ridership for the last quarter of FY 2013 (July – September 2013) was even with the same quarter in FY 2012 as compared to the first three quarters of FY 2013 (October 2012 – June 2012) was 3.4% below the first three quarters of FY 2012.

    Despite these ridership and revenue declines, on-time performance (OTP) for the Capitol Corridor was a remarkable 97% for September 2013. The superior OTP for September 2013 resulted in the Capitol Corridor finishing FY 2013 as the most reliable service [95%] in the Amtrak system for the fourth year in a row. This is a magnificent accomplishment and brings to light the strong commitment by our operating partners to the reliable and safe operation of the Capitol Corridor trains — Caltrain, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and Bar Pilots [tug boat operators who request the lifting of the Benicia-Martinez Rail Drawbridge].

    The year-end system operating ratio improved to 51% primarily due to lower fuel prices and reduced fuel consumption. With the installation of the power cabinets at the Sacramento Valley Station, the engines of the five trainsets lay overnight are turned off and power is supplied through the electrical power cabinets at the ends of the platforms, which has reduced FY 2013 fuel consumption at Sacramento by 64% through August 2013 and lowered system fuel costs by approximately 41%.

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    The analyses of the final ridership reports for FY 2013 draw sharp conclusions on the ridership losses:

    • The top five city pairs experienced a decline of 26,000 and each
      of these city pairs were affiliated with Sacramento Station, which
      was 6% below last year’s results
    • #6 -#10 city pairs had ridership decreases of 31,000 and three of
      these five city pairs were affiliated with Davis Station, which
      was 5% below last year’s results
    • Combined together, the Davis and Sacramento stations experienced
      ridership decreases of 40,000, representing 88% of the loss in
      ridership in FY 2013. Davis had 10,000 less boardings and
      Sacramento had 30,000 less boardings when compared total ridership
      loss of 45,000 boardings.
    • A train-by-train analysis indicates that ridership on:
      o Weekday peak travel trains (morning and late
      afternoon/evening) are about equal to or slighting below
      [-2% to -3%] compared to FY 2012 with the exception of the
      Placer County trains which are down 10%.
      o Weekday midday trains are significantly below [-10%] last
      year’s results
      o Weekend trains are either even with or slightly below [0% to
      3%] struggling

    The next step is to conduct a detailed review of the station boardings and alightings for each weekday and weekend train to get a better understanding of which markets are underperforming and develop marketing and promotional programs to turn around these ridership losses.

    October 2013 Results
    Ridership for October 2013 was 125,807 passengers, which was unfortunately 3.4% below the ridership results for last October. Starting in FY 2014 Amtrak adjusted ridership reports to account for the actual tickets lifted via the scanning of tickets by the conductors. This reflects a better, truer utilization of the trains. Previously, multiride tickets were not directly logged into the system but the passenger counts for multiride tickets were estimated based on assumed usage (i.e., 42 trips were attributed to monthly tickets). While the new reporting system has recently been implemented in October 2013, CCJPA staff has been tracking actual passenger counts from daily e-ticketing reports since September 2012 and have seen that previous monthly ridership reports overestimated ridership by 15%-20%. This adjustment for overestimated ridership counts can be seen in the ridership report for October 2013. For October 2013, the daily e-ticketing reports showed that lower passenger counts for weekday and weekend trains in the beginning of the month during the discussions and developments surrounding the BART strike. During the four-day BART strike, ridership on the trains spiked upwards by 10%-15%. After the BART strike, train counts picked up during the second half of the month and resembled counts from the same period in October 2012.

    Note that even with this 15%-20% downward adjustment, the Capitol Corridor remains as the 3rd busiest route in the Amtrak system.

    Initial ticket revenues were reported to be 9.9% below October 2012; however, based on projections from Amtrak that the ridership adjustment would not affect revenues, staff requested an immediate review of why revenues dropped so significantly. Amtrak promptly conducted its review and concluded that there was a delay in reporting accrued revenues from 10-ride tickets in October 2013. As such, the ticket revenues were adjusted upwards resulting in a reported decrease in revenues of 4.5% which
    is better than the initial report of a 9.9% decrease. The adjusted revenues improved the system operating (or farebox) ratio to be 54%, compared to 51% from last October. Amtrak has indicated that the actual reported revenues for the remainder of FY2014 starting in November 2013 will better align with previous FY2013 monthly results as well as with the FY2014 monthly budget projections.

    The Capitol Corridor did start the year well with on-time performance of 96% for October 2013.

    NOTE: Mr. Kutrosky did not provide data for the other California corridors in this report.

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol and other CA Corridor Statistics (September, 2013)

    By David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

    Year-over-year ridership on the Capitol Corridor trains was even with last September. 132,937 passengers rode the Capitol Corridor trains in September 2013, closing out FY 2013 with a total of 1.70 million riders and representing a 2.6% decrease in riders compared to FY 2012. Revenues for September 2013 were down 3.6% compared to September 2012, with total FY 2013 revenues down 1.1% below FY 2012. Ridership losses appear to be lessening as ridership for the last quarter of FY 2013 (July – September 2013) was even with the same quarter in FY 2012 as compared to the first three quarters of FY 2013 (October 2012 – June 2012) was 3.4% below the
    first three quarters of FY 2012.

    As we continue to review and analyze the daily conductor e-Ticketing reports, midday weekday trains are underperforming compared to last year. Detailed data at stations available for the period of October 2012 through August 2013 indicate that ridership is decreasing at the Sacramento [-6%], Roseville [-24%], Rocklin [-11%], Fremont [-11%] and Davis [-6%] stations.

    Despite these ridership and revenue declines, on-time performance (OTP) for the Capitol Corridor was a remarkable 97% for September 2013. In fact, there were 15 days in September 2013 where all Capitol Corridor were on-time, representing a “100%” day. The superior OTP for September 2013 allowed the Capitol Corridor to finish FY 2013 as the most reliable service [95%] in the Amtrak system for the fourth year in a row. This is a magnificent accomplishment and brings to light the strong commitment by our operating partners to the reliable and safe operation of the Capitol Corridor trains — Caltrain, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and Bar Pilots [tug boat operators who request the lifting of the Benicia-Martinez Rail
    Drawbridge]..

    The year-end system operating ratio improved to 51% primarily due to lower fuel prices and reduced fuel consumption. With the installation of the power cabinets at the Sacramento Valley Station, the engines of the five trainsets lay overnight are turned off and power is supplied through the electrical power cabinets at the ends of the platforms, which has reduced FY 2013 fuel consumption at Sacramento by 64% through August 2013 and lowered system fuel costs by approximately 41%.

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    Funding Outlook
    CCJPA FY14 Budget/Amtrak Operating Agreement

    On September 16, 2013, the new California State Transportation Agency [CSTA] (formerly the State Business, Transportation and Housing Agency) sent the CCJPA its allocation letter for the CCJPA’s FY14 budget which includes funds to support Amtrak’s operation of the Capitol Corridor train (and feeder bus) service. The CCJPA Board of Directors adopted the budget and also authorized the execution of the CCJPA/Amtrak FY2014 operating agreement, which covers the period of October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014 and conforms with the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy for state-sponsored Amtrak-operated intercity passenger rail (IPR) services. Execution of this operating agreement allows for the continued operation of the Capitol Corridor trains despite the recent federal government shutdown.

    Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization
    To-date there has been no or limited progress to reauthorize the Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment Act of 2008, which expires on October 16, 2013 and covers Amtrak authorization and the current railroad safety programs, including Positive Train Control (PTC). Over the last nine months, CCJPA staff continues to be active in working with APTA, AASHTO and other interested agencies to prepare and advance principles that will lay out the development of a multi-year federal capital grants program (using new revenue sources) that would be distributed to state-supported IPR and HST services. APTA is expected to adopt a set of principles at its Board of Directors meeting later this year. These principles will then be referenced into APTA’s documents supporting the upcoming surface transportation
    authorization efforts of MAP-21, thereby helping to establish a federally-funded Rail Title.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    • Bicycle Access Plan: While there has been a delay in the launch of the on-board bike policy enforcement program until Spring 2014 (due to the installation of PTC equipment on the cab cars), the cab cars that have been outfitted with PTC controls and added bike storage are in service on some Capitol Corridor trains. Concurrently, the CCJPA is working to replace one regular coach car with a Coach/baggage car which has expanded lower level bike space (similar to modified cab cars) on some of the trains with heavy bike utilization.

    The other at-station elements of the Bicycle Access Plan are moving forward with funding agreements and allocation requests to support those actions. The CTC is expected to allocate the final bulk of the funding ($556,000 in December 2013) and once all the agreements and paperwork are in place, the CCJPA will begin the process of deploying the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs thereafter.

    Safety Initiatives
    • On-Board Installation of Positive Train Control Equipment: Installation
    of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is proceeding. All
    California owned locomotives have been equipped and installation on cab
    cars is underway (~50% complete).

    • Safety Fences: Continued investment to secure the right-of-way and deter
    trespassers via fence projects in North Richmond and the Suisun/Fairfield
    Station.

    • Grade Crossing Upgrades: To address delays and address community safety
    concerns, the CCJPA is working with UPRR and Amtrak to develop a action
    plan and funding program to prevent cars from getting stuck on the tracks.
    There has been a recent increase in these incidents at or near the Oakland
    Jack London Station/Embarcadero roadway (which have caused 30+ minute
    delays to the trains).

    Marketing Updates
    • CCJPA’s Marketing Team is working to fill the weekend and midday weekday
    ridership gaps by re-introducing the (1) 50 percent train fare discount for
    weekend travel and (2) popular Seniors ride for 50% off on selected weekday
    midday trains.

    Outlook/Closing: For FY 2013, the Capitol Corridor could not keep with last year’s record-setting ridership and revenue results. Capitol Corridor trains carried 1.70 million riders in FY2013, a 2.6% decrease compared to FY 2012 with revenues down 1.1% versus FY 2012. Ridership losses, however, appear to be going away as ridership is even with the last quarter of FY 2013 (July – September 2013) compared the same quarter in FY 2012. The Capitol Corridor enjoys a solid base of frequent users (both weekday and weekend) thanks in large part to the consistently high-quality and reliable customer-focused operation of the trains [OTP of 96% in last six months of FY2013] and CCJPA and Amtrak management keenly focused on continuously improving customer satisfaction. Targeted marketing over the first 6 months in FY2014 should help to push ridership levels from flat to positive results. The CCJPA team working with operating and funding partners continue to complete pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County), as well as developing advocacy strategies to secure capital grant funds to construct these service expansion projects.

    Capitol Corridor September 2013
    – Ridership: 132,937 riders; +0.0% vs. Sept. 2012; -2.6% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,328,922; -3.6% vs. Sept 2012; -1.1% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 97%, FY 2013 OTP of 95% (#1 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 51% YTD vs. 50% in FY2012
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    Pacific Surfliners September 2013:
    – Ridership: 207,310 passengers; -2.3% vs. Sept 2012; +2.5% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: -1.2% vs. Sept 2012; +6.8% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 83% (FY2013 on-time performance: 85%)
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    San Joaquin September 2013:
    – Ridership: 91,129 passengers -0.9% vs. Sept 2012; +6.62% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: -1.5% vs. Sept 2012; +1.9% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 84% (FY 2013 on-time performance: 78%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol and other CA Corridor Statistics (August, 2013)

    From David B. Kutroksy, Managing Director
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

    Capitol Corridor Service Performance

    After a bounce in ridership in July 2013, ridership dropped in August 2013 by 2.2% compared to August 2012. A total of 143,080 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains in August. Initial evaluation of conductor counts indicated that ridership for August 2013 was even with August 2012 for the first 3½ weeks; however, weekday trains had lower ridership counts during the last week of August 2013 when the Bay Bridge was closed for the final cutover to the eastern span. Revenue for August was slightly below August 2012 by 0.7%

    On-time performance (OTP) for the Capitol Corridor improved to 96%, keeping the Capitol Corridor as the most reliable train service in the Amtrak system. The year-to-date system operating ratio is meeting business plan standard due to reduced operating expenses, primarily due to lower diesel fuel prices and lower consumption of fuel.

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    Service Reliability ImprovementsSuisun-Martinez Drawbridge. The delays from lifting the Suisun-Martinez Drawbridge for ships passing along the Carquinez Strait have reduced over the past couple of months thanks to a new joint program launched between the San Francisco Bar Pilots, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and the CCJPA. The parties worked together to identify the most opportune times to successfully move marine traffic under the raised drawbridge; taking into full consideration currents, tide levels and other marine traffic, etc., while also seeking to minimize delays to the Capitol Corridor trains. A recent evaluation of this new program did indeed show tremendous progress — delays to Capitol Corridor passenger trains passing over the drawbridge between March and August 2013 had decreased by 36% as compared to the same period in 2012. This collaboration is one of the key reasons why the Capitol Corridor is the number one rail passenger service in the nation for OTP in the Amtrak system.

    Funding Outlook – State and Federal
    FY 13-14 State Budget
    On June 28, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law the State Budget Act of 2012 for FY 13-14, which provided $18.6 million in supplemental funds (from the May Revise FY 13-14 Budget) to the initial $90.3 million to support the operation of the three California Intercity Passenger Rail (CA IPR) services (San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner). The revised total of $108.9 million for the CA IPR services will offset cost increases that are incurred with the implementation of the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy for the nation’s twenty-seven (27) Amtrak-operated, state supported IPR services. The CCJPA in a joint letter with the other CA IPR agencies sent a letter of support on this request for additional FY14 operating funds. The CCJPA is now working with Amtrak to complete the FY2014 CCJPA/Amtrak Operating Contract (and Budget) for the Capitol Corridor service.

    FY2014 Federal Appropriations
    With limited or no progress in advancing the FY2014 appropriations bills through Congress, it appears the only solution would be a short-term continuing resolution until mid-December with current FY2013 current sequestration spending levels to maintain funding for the federal government.

    Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization
    As with the FY2014 Appropriations bills, to-date there has been no or limited progress to reauthorize the Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment Act of 2008, which expires on October 16, 2013 and covers Amtrak authorization and the current railroad safety programs, including Positive Train Control (PTC). Over the last nine months, CCJPA staff has been working with APTA, AASHTO and other interested agencies in the preparation of principles that will lay out the development of a multi-year federal capital grants program (using new revenue sources) that would be
    distributed to state-supported IPR and HST services. APTA is expected to adopt a set of principles at its Board of Directors meeting later this year. These principles will then be referenced into APTA’s documents supporting the upcoming surface transportation authorization efforts of MAP-21, thereby helping to establish a federally-funded Rail Title.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades
    • Bicycle Access Plan: The launch of the on-board bike policy enforcement program has been delayed until later in Spring 2014 when the installation of PTC equipment on the cab cars is complete. The cab cars are currently going through the modification program that will add bike storage capacity to these cars; however, once this modification program is done, these cab cars are then put through the PTC installation program.

    The other at-station elements of the Bicycle Access Plan are moving forward with funding agreements and allocation requests to support those actions. The CTC is expected to allocate the final bulk of the funding ($556,000 in December 2013) and once all the agreements and paperwork are in place, the CCJPA will begin the process of deploying the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs thereafter.

    • Amtrak e-Ticketing program: Amtrak, working with CCJPA staff, conducted a pilot program from July to August 2013 that deployed onboard print capability for the conductor eTicketing units onboard Capitol Corridor trains. An additional pilot program to integrate onboard processing of multi-ride tickets is expected to begin in October 2013.

    Safety Initiatives
    • On-Board Installation of Positive Train Control Equipment: Installation of the PTC equipment on the state-owned equipment is proceeding. All California owned locomotives have been equipped and installation on cab cars is underway (~40% complete).

    • Safety Fences: Continued investment to secure the right-of-way and deter trespassers via fence projects in North Richmond and the Suisun/Fairfield Station.

    Project Updates
    • New Passenger Rail Cars and Locomotives.
    o Bi-Level Passenger Rail Cars: Nippon Sharyo/Sumitomo has been selected to manufacture an order of 120 bi-level passenger rail cars (the specifications are very similar to the current bi-level cars assigned to the Capitol Corridor). The final design is underway. Forty-two bi-level rail cars are allocated for the three CA IPR routes. The first delivery of the cars is expected in late 2015 with 10 passenger rail cars to be assigned to the Capitol Corridor.

    o Next Generation Diesel Locomotives: The RFP for up to 10 cleaner-burning locomotives was released in August 2013. Two locomotives are to be assigned to the Capitol Corridor. The vendor is expected to be named in early 2014.

    o Comet Cars/San Joaquin: Caltrans Division of Rail purchased and completely overhauled 14 Comet Cars, three cab-baggage cars and three Horizon dinette/bistro cars to address overcrowding on San Joaquin service. By the end of this calendar year, a total of two Comet Car trainsets will be introduced into the daily pool of equipment for the San Joaquin service out of the Oakland Maintenance Facility. These additional cars will release at least eight bi-level cars and two upper level café cars that can be reallocated to the San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor equipment
    pools to accommodate (1) current overcrowding during peak travel seasons (i.e., Thanksgiving, Easter/Spring Break) and events (e.g., Raider home games) and (2) near-term ridership growth for these train services until the new bi-level cars are delivered in 2015-2016.

    Outlook – Closing: Monthly ridership totals for FY13 are still below last year’s record ridership results, but these declines are narrowing. Year-to-date, ridership is 2.8% below last year with revenues slightly below last year’s [-0.7%]. Other performance measures continue to be steady or improving: system operating ratio has improved to 52% due to lower fuel costs, and OTP remains at an impressive 95%, allowing the Capitol Corridor trains to hold steady as the number one spot for reliability in the Amtrak system.

    Capitol Corridor August 2013
    – Ridership: 143,080 riders; -2.2% vs. August 2012; -2.8% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,486,581; -0.7% vs. August 2012; -0.8% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 96%, YTD OTP of 95% (#1 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 52% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners August 2013:
    – Ridership: 278,903 passengers; +5.9% vs. August 2012; +2.9% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +10.5% vs. August 2012; +7.5% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 77% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 85%)
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    San Joaquin August 2013:
    – Ridership: 114,551 passengers +11.9% vs. August 2012; +7.2% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: +3.0% vs. August 2012; +2.2% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 80% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 77%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol and other CA Corridor Statistics (July, 2013)

    Reported by David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director,
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

    Capitol Corridor Service Performance
    For the first time in FY2013, the monthly Capitol Corridor ridership experienced an increase above the prior year month. A total of 140,533 passengers rode the Capitol Corridor trains in July 2013, an increase of 2.3% compared to July 2012. Year to Date (YTD) ridership is now 2.9% below last year. Revenue for July 2013 was just below last July 2012 by 0.1% with YTD revenue 0.8% under last year’s revenues. YTD system operating ratio is 53% thanks to continued lower diesel fuel prices. The Capitol Corridor has moved back into the #1 spot for on-time performance (OTP) in the Amtrak system with a July OTP of 94% and YTD OTP of 95%.

    While detailed data is not yet available for June or July 2013, daily conductor counts transmitted from the e-Ticket readers showed:

  • a spike in ridership [10% to 15%] during the 4.5 day BART strike that
    occurred in the first week of July;
  • flat ridership on weekend trains compared to July 2012;
  • continued growth in the San Jose/Silicon Valley travel market and
    reverse peak direction trains (to Sacramento in the morning, to the
    Bay Area/San Jose in the afternoon); and
  • sustained ridership declines in the Placer County and midday, weekday
    trains.
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    Also without the detailed ridership data for June and July 2013, I am unable to determine if city pairs associated with Sacramento Station are continuing to have ridership losses.

    Service Reliability: Improvements and Challenges
    As mentioned, the Capitol Corridor has moved back into first place for OTP in the Amtrak system; however, the elevation was not an improvement in reliability as much as it was a decline in the performance of other trains in the Amtrak system. Third party delays (such as police activities, trespasser incidents and bridge lifts for ships) were down for July 2013.

    The same cannot be said for the delay-minutes incurred by Capitol Corridor trains from host railroad/Union Pacific Railroad (primarily signal outages and unscheduled maintenance activities) and Amtrak mechanical malfunctions. These types of delay incidents have increased over June and July 2013. Staff has meet with UPRR and Amtrak to address the few incidents that have caused significant delays (30 minutes or more) to the Capitol Corridor passengers. All parties are committed to keeping the service performance and reliability at the superior levels that the CCJPA and the passengers have become accustomed to.

    CA Intercity Passenger Rail Advocacy Strategies
    Since the California Passenger Rail Advocacy Forum was held in Sacramento in April 2013, the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the various intercity passenger rail agencies and their staff are continuing discussions to advance the initiatives that were developed at the advocacy forum. Most notably, efforts are underway to (1) work with legislative leaders to develop a state passenger rail caucus and (2) prepare a report on the future needs for the state’s intercity passenger rail program, which
    includes the integration with transit, and commuter and high speed rail services.

    Summary
    While the ridership increase for July 2013 can be considered a positive step forward, we will see if this ridership increase can be sustained. Concurrently, staff will continue to monitor and oversee other service performance measures (budget, reliability/delay-minutes and customer satisfaction) to keep the Capitol Corridor as the one of the best performing intercity passenger rail services in the nation. Currently YTD revenues are slightly below last year, yet the Capitol Corridor is on the positive with system operating ratio at 53% (vs. the 52% FY13 standard) and OTP in the top spot at 95%. Key projects and initiatives include implementing additional safety fence projects in the Richmond area, advancing pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County) and implementing customer enhancement initiatives (station signage and e-Ticketing upgrades).

    Capitol Corridor July 2013
    – Ridership: 140,533 riders; +2.3% vs. July 2012; -2.9% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,421,246; -0.1% vs. July 2012; -0.8% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 94%, YTD OTP of 95% (#1 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 53% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners July 2013:
    – Ridership: 271,517 passengers; +2.1% vs. July 2012; +2.5% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +7.2% vs. July 2012; +7.2% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 78% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 86%)
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    San Joaquin July 2013:
    – Ridership: 117,348 passengers +12.0% vs. July 2012; +6.7% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: +7.0% vs. July 2012; +2.1% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 78% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 77%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol and other CA Corridor Statistics (June, 2013)

    By David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director,
    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

    Capitol Corridor Service Performance: Ridership for June 2013 was down 4% compared to June 2012 with Year to Date (YTD) ridership 3% lower than last year. YTD revenue is slightly below last year by 0.7%; however, YTD system operating ratio is 54% thanks to lower diesel fuel prices. As always, our On-time performance (OTP) continues to keep an element of performance on the bright side: for June our OTP was 95%; YTD OTP is 95% keeping the Capitol Corridor on top of the leader board in service reliability in the Amtrak system.

    A detailed analysis of ridership information from the ridership database for the fiscal year from October 2012 to May 2013 indicates it is:

  • steady on the weekends
  • growing in the San Jose/Silicon Valley travel market
  • increases in the reverse peak direction trains (to Sacramento in the morning, to the Bay Area/San Jose in the afternoon)
  • continuing to have sustained losses in the Placer County trains and overall losses at the Sacramento Station that cannot offset increases noted above
  • In fact, those city pairs associated with Sacramento Station in the top 25 city- pairs represent a ridership loss of 4%, which coincides with the June dip in ridership.

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    Actions to Address Ridership Drop at Sacramento

  • Immediate term: effective July 15 morning trains coming into Sacramento from Placer County and the Bay Area will arrive 5 minutes earlier to accommodate the longer distance from the new platforms to the Sac RT light trains; this will ensure passengers can make that connection. Please note that staff has received emails from passengers praising this schedule adjustment.
  • Near term (2-3 years):
  • CCJPA staff has been meeting with Sac RT to help support Sac RT’s efforts to complete the design and environmental plans to move the current light train platform closer to the tunnel portal, which will shorten the transfer time between light rail and Capitol Corridor and Amtrak trains; the goal is to begin construction within the next two to three years.

    FY 13-14 Adopted State Budget

    Governor Brown enacted the State Budget Act of 2013 for Fiscal Year 2013-14 on June 24, 2013. The budget to support the three California IPR services included the base amount of $90.3 million plus $18.6 million from the May Budget Revise in order to meet cost increases that are incurred with the implementation of the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy.

    Capitol Corridor Customer Service Program Upgrades

    CCJPA Bike Access Program. In February the CCJPA Board adopted the CCJPA Bicycle Access Plan. We delayed launching this program due to the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on the cab cars to be done after we upgrade these cab cars with enhanced bicycle storage. In short, there will not be enough converted cab/bike cars available until the PTC upgrades are completed in fall 2013. We are moving forward with funding agreements for the at-station elements of the Bicycle Access Plan. We expect CCJPA will secure the state funding in fall 2013, which will support the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs.

    Amtrak eTicketing program: Amtrak and CCJPA are working on the next phases of the program – conductor printers for seat-checks and sales receipts and software upgrades to allow for print-at-home multi-ride tickets—which should also be complete in fall 2013.

    NASCAR Express: On June 23, 2013, the CCJPA, in partnership with the Sonoma Raceway, hosted the first-ever Capitol Corridor NASCAR Express train on Sunday. This special train served the Sacramento, Davis and Suisun-Fairfield stations and then proceeded directly to the Sonoma Raceway via the Cal Northern and SMART railroads through the scenic wine country that can only be viewed through this rail route. Based on the feedback from the promotional partners and the passengers, this special train can be considered a resounding success and plans are already underway for other special trains to serve the raceway.

    Safety Initiatives

    Safety Fences: Staff and UPRR have completed the surveys for the next phase of fence projects. Locations include south San Leandro, Union City and south Hayward.

    Transportation of Law Enforcement Officers: This program is now fully implemented with over 50 law enforcement officers enrolled from various law enforcement agencies within the corridor route.

    Passenger and Employee Injuries: The Capitol Corridor continues its superb commitment to passenger safety with a 28% reduction in passenger injury ratio compared to the prior year reporting period and no employee injuries for FY13 YTD.

    Positive Train Control: All of the locomotives in the Northern California IPR fleet are now equipped with on-board PTC equipment and the cab control cars are at 40% outfitted. Discussions are continuing with UPRR on their plans and schedules to install track/wayside PTC signal infrastructure along the Capitol Corridor.

    Project Updates

    Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
    Engineering:
    This project is about to begin the environmental process with
    the advancement of selected alignment alternatives. The CCJPA will develop a public participation plan and move more formally into the environmental documentation phase of the project which will include the analysis of project alternatives for public review. Completion of these infrastructure improvements will allow for the increase from today’s two up to 20 daily trains serving Roseville.

    Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project Environmental Review/Preliminary
    Engineering:
    In March 2013, the CCJPA was allocated $3.5 million to fund
    preliminary engineering (30% design) and project environmental documents for the track infrastructure upgrades for the Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project. The CCJPA has been working with Caltrain and San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission/ACE staff to combine our collective resources and funding to prepare the design plans, environmental documents and construction cost estimates for the those track capacity improvements, which will permit an increase of up to 11 Capitol Corridor round trips in the Oakland to San Jose corridor and up to 6 ACE round trips between Stockton and San Jose.

    CCJPA expects to secure the services of a design and environmental consultant in the late summer or early fall period. Discussions and analysis are ongoing with UPRR and Caltrain, the respective host railroads, to ensure sufficient resources are allocated to the various subprojects.

    Summary

    For FY13, monthly ridership results continue to be 3.4% below FY12 (a record-setting year); yet other performance measures continue to be steady or improving: YTD revenues are slightly below last year, system operating ratio remains above standard at 54% due to lower fuel costs, and OTP remains at an impressive 95%, allowing the Capitol Corridor trains to remain in the number two spot for reliability in the Amtrak system. The CCJPA team has been successful in working with our service partners to limit service delays and keep reliability at an all-time high. Other
    efforts include maintaining high customer satisfaction levels, implementing safety initiatives along the route, and gaining momentum on pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County) and completing customer enhancement initiatives (bike access/storage, e-Ticketing upgrades).

    Capitol Corridor June 2013
    – Ridership: 138,293 riders; -4.4% vs. June 2012; -3.4% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,402,893; -5.5% vs. June 2012; -0.7% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 95%, YTD OTP of 95% (#2 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 54% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners June 2013:
    – Ridership: 231,236 passengers; -0.7% vs. June 2012; +2.6% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +2.4% vs. June 2012; +7.2% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 80% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 87%)
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    San Joaquin June 2013:
    – Ridership: 108,140 passengers +3.1% vs. June 2012; +6.1% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: -4.4% vs. June 2012; +1.5% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 60% [lower OTP due to track maintenance projects] (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 77%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol and other CA Corridor Statistics (May, 2013)

    From David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
    May 2013 results signal that the decline in ridership has tapered off for the Capitol Corridor–156,521 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains in May 2013. Ridership was 1.5% below May 2012, yet it represents the third highest total for May and the sixth highest in the history of the service. Revenue in May 2013 was slightly below May 2012, with year-to-date (YTD)revenues even with last year’s totals. On-time performance (OTP) remained at exceptional levels [96% in May and YTD at 95%] keeping the Capitol Corridor as the second most reliable trains in the Amtrak system.

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    Detailed May 2013 ridership data is not yet available; however, review of the daily e-ticketing conductor reports indicate improvements in the later weekday morning trains that had been underperforming earlier this year I attribute these increases to a large number of school group bookings which tend to peak during the end of the school year. The weekday peak travel trains and weekend trains are performing at the same level (if not better) as last year. Based on the April 2013 data, station boardings continue to be underperforming at the Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Richmond and Fremont stations. The San Jose/Silicon Valley market stations are showing sustained growth.

    Superb Service Reliability
    The on-time performance for the trains still continue to be on track for a record year for service reliability in FY2013. Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and Caltrain maintain their commitment to keeping the trains on-time along the Capitol Corridor which includes a mix of freight, Amtrak long-distance and commuter trains; and continues superb dispatching of freight and passenger train on this busy shared use corridor. Only three late trains were attributable to mechanical malfunctions – an enormous improvement compared to fall 2012. Delays due to bridge lifts of the
    Suisun-Martinez rail drawbridge continue to decrease thanks to the improved protocol developed and implemented by the UPRR, Coast Guard, Amtrak, CCJPA and the Bar Pilots (tugboat operators).

    PRIIA Section 209 Amtrak Pricing Policy for State Supported IPR Services Amtrak submitted its forecasts for the FY14 operating budgets to the state IPR agencies on April 19, 2013 that are required to conform with the pricing policy developed pursuant to Section 209 of the Passenger Rail Improvement and Investment Act of 2008 (PRIIA). The policy, developed in partnership with the states and Amtrak, will now require any Amtrak-operated passenger rail route under 750 miles to be financially supported entirely by the state(s) which these routes operate. For the three California IPR routes, the state has always provided 100% of the operating support for the San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor; the Pacific Surfliner has received 70% support from the state and 30% by Amtrak through its annual federal appropriation. For FY14, California will now be required to support 100% of the Pacific Surfliner in addition to the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin services. The primary outcome of the policy, which was adopted by Amtrak and 18 of the 19 affected states in 2011, is to allow states to have a better opportunity to control and manage the costs and operation of these IPR corridor services in their respective states. On May 21, I provided testimony (oral and written) to the Railroad, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding “Understanding the Cost Drivers of Passenger Rail,” of which the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy will be an important factor in helping state IPR agencies understand and control their IPR operating costs.

    FY 13-14 Draft State Budget May Revise
    Governor Brown released his May Revise of the FY 13-14 Budget on May 10, 2013, which updates his draft budget released in January 2013. The May Revise proposes an additional $18.6 million to the initial $90.3 million for the three CA IPR services in order to meet cost increases that are incurred with the implementation of the PRIIA Section 209 pricing policy affecting the nation’s 27 Amtrak-operated, state supported IPR services. This supplemental funding, which will primarily be used to increase the state support for the Pacific Surfliner from 70% to 100%, has passed out of the state legislative budget subcommittees of the Assembly and Senate. The legislature passed the FY14 budget which includes $90.3 million plus the additional $18.6 million to support the operations of the three CA IPR services in FY14.

    Surface Transportation and Rail Safety Reauthorizations
    CCJPA staff has been working with APTA, AASHTO and other interested agencies in the preparation of principles that will lay out the development of a multi-year federal capital grants program (using new revenue sources). This program will distribute grants to state-supported IPR and HST services in conjunction with the pending expiration of MAP-21 in October 2014 and PRIIA (the current railroad safety and Amtrak reauthorization, which expires in October 2013). Various APTA committees have adopted these principles at the June 1-5, 2013 APTA Rail Conference which will now be forwarded to APTA for formal adoption. The intent is then to circulate
    these principles to generate discussions towards developing a federally-funded Rail Title for the reauthorization of either PRIIA or MAP-21. The principles will also be presented to transportation leaders in the House and Senate as well as to the Federal Railroad Administration.

    Customer Service Program Upgrades

  • CCJPA Bike Access Program. In February the CCJPA Board adopted the
    CCJPA Bicycle Access Plan. We delayed launching this program due to
    the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on the cab
    cars to be done after we upgrade these cab cars with enhanced
    bicycle storage. In short, there will not be enough converted
    cab/bike cars available until the PTC upgrades are completed in fall
    2013. The other at-station elements of the Bicycle Access Plan are
    moving forward with funding agreements and in the summer and fall of
    2013 the CCJPA will secure the remaining state funding, which will
    support the eLocker and folding bicycle rental programs.
  • Amtrak eTicketing program: Amtrak, at the CCJPA’s request, is
    advancing next phases of the program – conductor printers for
    seat-checks and sales receipts and software upgrades to allow for
    print-at-home multi-ride tickets—which should be complete in fall
    2013.
  • NASCAR Express: The CCJPA in partnership with the Sonoma Raceway
    hosted the first-ever Capitol Corridor NASCAR Express train on
    Sunday, June 23, 2013. This special train served the Sacramento,
    Davis and Suisun-Fairfield stations and then proceeded directly to
    the Sonoma Raceway via the Cal Northern and SMART railroads through
    the scenic wine country that can only be viewed through this rail
    route. Response to this promotion had been overwhelming with over
    350 ticket packages sold. These special packages included train
    tickets, admission to the NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 event, shirts
    and other memorabilia.
  • Safety Initiatives

  • Safety Fences: Staff and UPRR have completed the surveys for the next
    phase of fence projects. Locations include south San Leandro, Union
    City and south Hayward.
  • Transportation of Law Enforcement Officers: This program is now fully
    implemented with over 50 law enforcement officers enrolled from
    various law enforcement agencies within the corridor route.
  • Passenger Injuries: The Capitol Corridor continues its superb
    commitment to passenger safety with a 72% reduction in passenger
    injury ratio compared to the prior year reporting period.
  • Project Updates

  • Yolo Causeway West Crossover Project. On April 14, 2013, UPRR
    completed the final work in activating the signal system for the new
    universal crossover located west of the Yolo Causeway bridge. The
    completion of this project marks the conclusion of the third and
    final project along the Capitol Corridor using funds from the
    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
  • Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Track Environmental Review/Preliminary
    Engineering. This project is about to begin the environmental process
    with the advancement of selected alignment alternatives. The CCJPA
    will develop a public participation plan and move more formally into
    the environmental documentation phase of the project which will
    include the analysis of project alternatives for public review.
  • Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project Environmental Review/Preliminary
    Engineering. In March 2013, the CCJPA was allocated $3.5 million to
    fund preliminary engineering (30% design) and project environmental
    documents for the track infrastructure upgrades for the Oakland-San
    Jose Phase 2 Project. This completion of these improvements will
    permit an increase of up to 11 round trips in the Oakland to San Jose
    corridor. CCJPA expects to secure the services of a design and
    environmental consultant in the late summer or early fall period.
    Additional discussions and analysis with UPRR and Caltrain, the
    respective host railroads, are required to ensure sufficient
    resources are allocated to the various subprojects.
  • Summary
    Monthly ridership totals for FY13 are still below last year’s recordship results; however, the ridership for April and May 2013 are closer to the prior year month records. Year-to-date, ridership is 3.3% below last year, while other performance measures continue to be steady or improving: YTD revenues are even with last year, system operating ratio has improved to 55% due to lower fuel costs, and OTP remains at an impressive 95%, allowing the Capitol Corridor trains to hold steady on the number two spot for reliability in the Amtrak system. The CCJPA team is working with
    our service partners to reduce service delays, maintain high customer satisfaction, invest in safety initiatives along the route, and advance pre-development work for the service expansion projects (involving San Jose/Salinas, Placer County) and introducing customer enhancement initiatives (bike access/storage, e-Ticketing upgrades).

    Capitol Corridor May 2013
    – Ridership: 158,521 riders; -1.5% vs. May 2012; -3.3% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,570,166; -0.8% vs. May 2012; +0.0% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 96% , YTD OTP of 95% (#2 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 55% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners May 2013:
    – Ridership: 240,848 passengers; +1.9% vs. May 2012; +3.0% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +3.3% vs. May 2012; +7.8% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 89% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 87%)
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    San Joaquin May 2013:
    – Ridership: 109,365 passengers +8.3% vs. May 2012; +6.5% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: -0.4% vs. May 2012; +2.3% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 68% [lower OTP due to track maintenance projects] (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 79%)