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Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (April, 2013)

And statistics for the other California Corridors
By David B. Kutrosky,
Managing Director, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Ridership continues to decline for the Capitol Corridor in FY2013; however, the drop in ridership for April 2013 was not as significant as prior FY2013
results. For April 2013, 151,080 passengers used the Capitol Corridor, representing a 1.8% drop compared to April 2012. While initial revenue estimates for April 2013 indicate a 5.3% decrease, year-to-date (YTD)revenues are up 0.5% compared to last year. On a positive note, a record was set for on-time performance (OTP) — 98% of all Capitol Corridor trains arrived on-time, which improved YTD OTP to 95% and moved the Capitol Corridor into the #2 spot as the most reliable service in the Amtrak
system. YTD system operating ratio is at 52%, which meets business plan projections.

While detailed statistics are not yet available for April 2013 ridership, I do have the details on ridership for March 2013. Compared to prior FY2013 monthly results, the ridership losses on substandard weekday trains are lessening (weekend trains continue to perform better than last year) and the five stations – Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, Fremont, and Richmond – that had experienced significant declines in ridership earlier this FY [-10% or worse] showed increased boardings last month.

Capitol Corridor photo 5-2013

Record Service Reliability

Service reliability reached its apex in April 2013 when only 14 trains were
late out of the 836 operated, representing an OTP of 98%. In fact, for
the 30 days in April the Capitol Corridor passengers experienced twenty-one
(21) days of “100% on time” days. UPRR continues its 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).

California Passenger Rail Advocacy Forum – April 11, 2013, Sacramento

At the request of CCJPA Chair Jim Spering, a passenger rail advocacy event
hosted by the City of Sacramento, was held on April 11 in the Sacramento
City Council. Speakers at the event included state legislators
(Assemblymember Roger Dickinson and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson) and
leaders of the various California passenger rail agencies. Special guests
included California transportation funding experts Josh Shaw (California
Transit Association) and Mark Watts (Transportation California). One key
highlight of the forum was the call to develop a Passenger Rail Caucus
within the State Legislature that would form around guiding principles that
include: continued appropriation of state funds to support the operation of
California’s three (3) intercity passenger rail services as well as any
emerging IPR routes; developing of stable sources of capital funds for
safety initiatives and service expansion; consistent planning and
coordination among all rail systems and users within the California
railroad network [including passenger high speed, intercity and commuter
rail as well as freight systems]; and maximizing partnerships with federal,
state, regional and local governments and agencies.

Project Updates

  • Yolo Causeway West Crossover Project. On April 14, 2013, the Union Pacific Railroad (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).
  • The other ARRA-funded projects that have been completed on the Capitol Corridor are the San Jose-Diridon South Terminal (February 2012) and the Sacramento Valley Station Track Relocation Project (August 2012).
  • Summary

    Monthly ridership results for the Capitol Corridor in FY2013 continue to
    decline compared to last year’s all-time ridership records. Year-to-date,
    ridership is down 3.6% versus last year, yet the recent monthly losses
    appear to be lessening. Despite this ridership decline, other performance
    measures continue to be steady: YTD revenues are up 0.5%, system operating
    ratio is meeting business plan standard of 52%, and OTP is at a stellar 95%
    and improving, keeping the Capitol Corridor trains as one of the most
    reliable services in the Amtrak system. The CCJPA continues to work with
    Amtrak to develop a revised weekday train schedule that will reallocate
    some of the poorer performing late morning trains to other more attractive
    times that will increase ridership, optimize revenues and maintain/reduce
    operating costs. The CCJPA team working with our service partners, has
    achieved progress in improving service reliability and continue to reinvest
    in safety initiatives along the route while also moving ahead on completing
    the pre-development work for the service expansion projects (San
    Jose/Salinas, Placer County) and introducing customer enhancement
    initiatives (bike access/storage, e-Ticketing upgrades).

    Capitol Corridor April 2013
    – Ridership: 151,080 riders; -1.8% vs. April 2012; -3.6% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,409,627; -5.3% vs. April 2012; +0.5% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 98% [historical record for the service], YTD OTP of
    95% (#2 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 52% YTD vs. 52% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners April 2013:
    – Ridership: 221,376 passengers; -2.4% vs. April 2012; +3.2% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: -6.9% vs. April 2012; +8.6% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 86% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 87%)
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    San Joaquin April 2013:
    – Ridership: 94,561 passengers -8.0% vs. April 2012; +6.2% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: -14.7% vs. April 2012; +2.7% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 56% [lower OTP due to track maintenance projects] (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 80%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (March, 2013)

    And other California Corridor statistics.
    Reported by DAVID B. KUTROSKY, Managing Director

    Ridership for FY2013 continues to drop compared to last year’s historical
    highs.
    For March 2013, 145,271 passengers used the Capitol Corridor,
    representing a 4.7% drop compared to March 2012. Revenue for March 2013 has
    showed a negligible decrease of 0.4% versus March 2012. On-time
    performance (OTP) continued to be solid and above standard at 94% with
    year-to-date system operating ratio at 52%, on par with business plan
    projections.

    I have not yet received detailed statistics on March 2013 ridership, but
    based on the February 2013 and prior month results we will be looking at
    the four stations that have been experiencing significant declines in
    ridership [-10% or worse] — Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, and
    Richmond . We will also evaluate the previously poorly performing midday
    trains. I anticipate that weekend trains will continue the trend of
    improved ridership due to the 50% online discount for weekend travel.

    Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

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    Continued Reduction in Service Delays

    Service delays continue to decline due to the efforts of our service
    partners. Of the 850 Capitol Corridor trains that were operated in March
    2013, only 47 (or 6%) were late. There were sixteen days in March when all
    trains are arrived on-time, representing “100% on time” days for the
    Capitol Corridor. Only four late trains (9% of total late trains) were
    attributable to mechanical malfunctions thanks to the diligence of Amtrak
    and CCJPA mechanical staff . Twelve (12) Capitol Corridor trains were late
    (nearly 25% of all late trains) on one day due to the early morning
    derailment of a Union Pacific worktrain on March 5, 2013 at the most
    heavily traveled segment of the corridor between Richmond and Hercules.
    Delays due to bridge lifts of the Suisun-Martinez rail drawbridge in March
    2013 were down significantly — a 15% reduction in incidents and a decrease
    of 35% in delay-minutes. This reduction in delays is directly attributable
    to a revised protocol developed and implemented by the UPRR, Coast Guard,
    Amtrak, CCJPA and the Bar Pilots (tugboat operators).

    Project Updates

    Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project; The CCJPA is currently working with passenger rail agencies in Northern California (ACE, San Joaquin/Caltrans,
    Caltrain) and the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on the
    CHSRA’s Year 2018 High Speed Train (HST) Blended Service Plan. This
    planning effort includes the development of an integrated, comprehensive
    service expansion plan and train schedule to utilize and connect with the
    CHSRA HST First Construction Segment (FCS) between Bakersfield and
    Fresno/Madera. Included in these efforts is the CCJPA’s Capitol Corridor
    Oakland-San Jose Phase 2 Project, which identifies an initial list of track
    infrastructure projects to allow for the expansion of Capitol Corridor
    train service from 14 to 22 daily trains to/from Silicon Valley/San Jose.
    Both host railroads for the Project, Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and
    Caltrain, have been actively involved in the development of the projects to
    support Year 2018 HST Blended Service Plan and are currently conducting
    network simulation modeling exercises to confirm previously identified
    track capacity projects to support the CCJPA 22-train (and the ACE
    12-train) service expansion plan to San Jose/Silicon Valley. At this
    point, the CCJPA is now ready to advance the design plans and complete the
    environmental documentation for the Project, which include subprojects that
    will provide track capacity for the ACE service expansion plan. The 2012
    State Transportation Improvement Program includes funds [$3.53 million] to
    support the pre-development work for the project, which were allocated by
    the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to the CCJPA at its March 5,
    2013 meeting. Initial design efforts and any required environmental review
    are expected to begin later this summer.

    Sacramento-Roseville 3rd Track Project

    Environmental Review/Preliminary Engineering. Initial design has been completed on the proposed alignments for the 3rd track and potential sites for the proposed relocation of the Roseville Station, which, when constructed, will allow for the operation of 20 trains to/from Roseville. Numerous meetings have occurred and are set in the near term with the UPRR and the City of Roseville to elicit their
    comments on the various alignment alternatives and potential station
    relocation options. The next step is to take the input from these project
    partners and resolve any differences in alignment preferences and develop a
    cost estimate for the design elements that may resolve the alignment
    differences.

    Summary

    Monthly ridership for FY2013 continues to drop compared to last year’s
    historical highs. Year-to-date, ridership is 3.9% below last year.
    Despite this ridership decline, other performance measures are pointing in
    the right direction. Year-to-date, revenues are up 1.5%, system operating
    ratio is meeting business plan standard of 52%, and OTP is a respectable
    94%, keeping the Capitol Corridor trains as one of the most reliable
    services in the Amtrak system. The CCJPA is now working with Amtrak to
    develop a revised weekday train schedule that will reallocate some of the
    poorer performing late morning trains to other more attractive times that
    will increase ridership, optimize revenues and maintain/reduce operating
    costs. The CCJPA team working with our service partners, has achieved
    progress in reducing delay-minutes and improving safety metrics along the
    route and will stay focused on maintaining these achievements while also
    moving ahead on completing the pre-development work for the service
    expansion projects (San Jose/Salinas, Placer County) and introducing
    customer enhancement initiatives (bike access/storage, e-Ticketing
    upgrades).

    Capitol Corridor March 2013:
    – Ridership: 145,271 riders; -4.7% vs. March 2012; -3.9% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,490,328; -0.4% vs. March 2012; +1.5% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 94%, YTD OTP of 94% (#3 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 52% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners March 2013:
    – Ridership: 224,648 passengers; -4.1% vs. March 2012; +4.3% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +4.6% vs. March 2012; +11.6% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 87% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 87%)
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    San Joaquin February 2013: (Mr. Kutrosky may mean March -Ed.)
    – Ridership: 104,970 passengers +7.6% vs. March 2012; +8.9% vs. prior YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: +8.9% vs. March 2012; +6.0% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 63% [lower OTP due to track maintenance projects] (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 84%)

    CA Rail Statistics

    Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (February, 2013)

    By David B. Kutrosky, Managing Director, CCJPA

    For February 2013, once again we find Capitol Corridor’s monthly
    performance report to be a mixed bag of results.
    Ridership in the month of
    February was 8.2% below February 2011 and revenue was down 2.7%. On a
    positive note, on-time performance (OTP) was 97%, the best in the Amtrak
    system for February, and the system operating ratio for the fiscal year is
    52%.

    Half of the ridership loss [-4%] was primarily due to February 2013 having
    one less day than the 29 days in February 2012 which was a leap
    year. Further evaluation of the ridership decline shows that nearly 70% of
    the loss can be attributed to three stations — Sacramento [-12%], Davis
    [-11%], and Richmond [-15%].

    In addition, we found that some midday trains are under performing against
    prior year levels and we are looking at some targeted marketing to increase
    ridership on these trains as well as working with Amtrak to reallocate some
    of the poorer performing trains to other more attractive times that will
    optimize revenues and maintain/reduce operating costs. Weekend trains, in
    general, are performing better than last year which is a testament to the
    success of the 50% online discount for weekend travel.

    Reductions in Service Delays – Mechanical Rolling Stock and Third-Party
    Incidents

    Since the beginning of January, CCJPA staff have been actively engaged with
    Amtrak and other agencies/parties to reduce delays from rail vehicles
    (primarily locomotives) and bridge lifts at the Suisun-Martinez crossing
    over the Carquinez Strait. I am pleased to inform you that in February
    there were no train cancellations/annulments. Mechanical delay minutes
    dropped 67% in February compared to December 2012 when service disruptions
    were at a pinnacle. There also has been a significant drop in bridge
    delays. For the period of December 2012-January 2013 versus the same
    two-month period last year, the bridge delay minutes have dramatically
    reduced by 46% thanks in large part to the commitment of the bridge lift
    and marine vessel operators to be aware of the “operating windows” of the
    Capitol Corridor trains as they pass through the Suisun/Martinez
    drawbridge. An improved and upgraded communications plan/protocol has been
    developed to assist all parties in their decisions when to open the
    drawbridge and it appears to be working as intended.

    Host Railroad/Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Delays Decreasing
    It goes without saying but bears repeating that host railroad-related
    delays continue to decline. In fact, Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) delay
    minutes per 10,000 train-miles were 460 for the January 2013 (the latest
    month for which we have results), which was the third lowest since October
    2009 when the Federal Railroad Administration required this delay
    reporting. Please note that the January and previous monthly results for
    the Capitol Corridor are well below the established FRA standard of 900
    delay minutes per month.

    In addition, the previously implemented Richmond Fence Project jointly
    financed with UPRR has begun to have significant positive safety benefits
    for the trains as well as the community. In the two years since the
    installation of the fence, there has been an 85% reduction in the incidents
    along the tracks.

    CCJPA FY 13/14 – FY 14/15 Business Plan Update

    The final Business Plan Update for the Capitol Corridor intercity passenger
    train service for FY14 and FY15 was submitted on March 22, 2013 to the
    Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BT&H) in
    accordance with the Interagency Transfer Agreement between the CCJPA and
    the State of California. The CCJPA Board of Directors formally adopted
    (Resolution 13-01) this Business Plan Update at its February 20, 2013
    meeting. The document was modified based on the recent submittal of initial
    operating costs from Amtrak, which were used to further develop the FY14
    and FY15 operating costs to be consistent with the implementation of PRIIA
    Section 209 Amtrak pricing policy, which goes into effect in FY14. This
    update results in an increase of $1.996 million in FY14 state operating
    support for the current service plan compared to the FY13 operating budget,
    primarily due to a request of $0.35 million for Minor Capital Project
    support and $1.5 million for the Section 209 Equipment Capital Charge (use
    of Amtrak-owned locomotives and rail cars in the service).

    Amtrak is expected to provide final operating cost estimates for FY14 in
    early April 2013.
    We will continue to work with the Legislature and the
    Governor’s Office to incorporate these FY14 final operating costs for the
    Capitol Corridor into the May Revise of the FY14 State Budget. The final
    operating budget will be submitted for approval to the CCJPA Board at its
    September 18, 2013 meeting. It will be based on: (1) final estimates from
    Amtrak (due in early April); (2) adoption of the FY14 State Budget by the
    Legislature/Governor; and (3) the FY14 allocation letter provided to the
    CCJPA by the BT&H Secretary.

    California Passenger Rail Advocacy Event – Sacramento City Hall April 11
    [9am – 3pm]
    As requested by CCJPA Chair Spering, staff is working with other California passenger rail agencies on a workshop that will seek to develop advocacy initiatives needed to secure the funding and community support for the
    California passenger rail network. The program will include state legislators and congressional representatives as well as passenger rail leaders and communities along the various train routes who have implemented or are planning developments at/near train stations. You are invited to be a part of this very important strategy session. Please send your RSVP to Cheryl Grady [cherylg@capitolcorridor.org] at your earliest convenience.

    Summary

    Ridership for FY13 is 3.7% below last year’s levels, yet is above FY11
    ridership levels, while revenue, OTP and system operating ratios are
    outperforming last year’s results. Most importantly, the Capitol Corridor
    safety measurements continue to be excellent from employee and passenger
    injuries to safety incidents along the tracks. Also, actions taken by the
    CCJPA and Amtrak have begun to have immediate reductions in service delays
    that will allow the Capitol Corridor to maintain its superior OTP, which
    translates into high customer satisfaction scores that in turn help to
    retain and grow ridership. The CCJPA team has set the bar high for the
    performance of the Capitol Corridor trains and has the commitment of UPRR
    and Amtrak as its service partners to minimize and limit service delays,
    improve OTP, advance safety and service expansion projects, and improve
    customer satisfaction.

    Capitol Corridor February 2013
    – Ridership: 127,165 riders; -8.2% vs. February 2012; -3.7% vs. prior YTD
    – Revenue: $2,194,429; -2.7% vs. February 2012; +0.9% vs. prior YTD
    – On-Time Performance: 97%, YTD OTP of 94% (#3 in the nation).
    – System Operating Ratio: 52% YTD vs. 50% in FY12
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    Pacific Surfliners February 2013:
    – Ridership: 189,709 passengers; +4.8% vs. February 2012; +6.3% vs. prior
    YTD
    – Ticket Revenue: +11.7% vs. February 2012; +13.3% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 91% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 88%)
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    San Joaquin February 2013:
    – Ridership: 88,507 passengers +2.2% vs. February 2012; +9.2% vs. prior
    YTD
    – Ticket Revenue only: +5.4% vs. February 2012; +6.7% vs. prior YTD
    – On-time performance: 92% (YTD FY13 on-time performance: 89%)