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Encyclopedia > Capitol Corridor
Amtrak California system map, with Capitol Corridor in Red
Amtrak California system map, with Capitol Corridor in Red

The Capitol Corridor is a 172-mile (275 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in California. Because it is fully supported by the state, the Capitol Corridor operates under Amtrak California. It runs daily from the San Francisco Bay Area to Sacramento, roughly parallel to Interstate 80. One daily-scheduled train continues through the eastern Sacramento suburbs to Auburn, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There are plans to extend one daily-scheduled train to Reno, Nevada, and to increase train frequency throughout the route. The trains are administered by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, with management provided by employees of Bay Area Rapid Transit. The Capitol Corridor has been in operation since 1991. Image File history File links Amtrak_California_simplified_map. ... Image File history File links Amtrak_California_simplified_map. ... This article is about trains in rail transport. ... Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Amtrak California is a brand name used by Caltrans Division of Rail on all state supported and Amtrak operated rail routes within the State of California. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Nickname: City of Trees Location of Sacramento in California County Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo Area    - City 99. ... Interstate 80 (abbreviated I-80) is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Auburn is the county seat of Placer County, California, USA. The population was 12,462 at the 2000 census. ... The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range that is almost entirely in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of California. ... City nickname: The Biggest Little City in the World Founded May 13, 1868 County Washoe County Mayor Bob Cashell Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 179. ... A westbound BART train with aerodynamic design A car in downtown San Francisco. ...

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Service frequency and ridership

Currently, the Capitol Corridor has about 1.2 million riders per year [1], and is the third busiest Amtrak route in terms of ridership, surpassed only by the Northeast Corridor and the Pacific Surfliner. Most of the NEC is owned by Amtrak (those sections shown in red). ... // Northbound Pacific Surfliner Cab Car crosses Carlsbad Village Dr. in Carlsbad, Ca. ...


The Capitol Corridor service is commonly used by commuters between the Sacramento area and the Bay Area as an alternative to driving on the congested Interstate 80 corridor. Monthly passes and discounted trip tickets are available on the line. Many high ranking politicians, lobbyists, and their aides choose to live in the Bay Area and commute to their jobs in Sacramento, while workers in the Oakland, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley employment centers take the Capitol Corridor trains from their less expensive homes in Solano County and the Sacramento metropolitan area. [2]


Since August 28, 2006, the Capitol Corridor route has run 32 trains per day (16 in each direction) on weekdays, reflecting a substantial increase over the prior service frequency. According to its management, ridership on the Capitol Corridor trains tripled between 1998 and 2005.[3]


Trains and station stops

All Capitol Corridor trains are designated with a three-digit number. Even-numbered trains run eastbound, and odd-numbered trains run westbound; weekday trains begin with a 5 and weekend or holiday trains begin with a 7. All trains run between Sacramento and Oakland; only 527, 538, 729 and 738 continue to Auburn. Several trains continue past downtown Oakland to the Oakland Coliseum, and many trains continue past to San Jose. Trains make the following station stops; none are skipped:

Additional cities and regions can be reached with Amtrak California Thruway Motorcoach service: The Auburn Station is an Amtrak station in Auburn, California on the Capitol Corridor. ... I Street Station is an Amtrak station in Sacramento, California. ... The Davisville (now Davis) Railroad Depot was built by the California Pacific Railroad between August 24, 1868, and November 15, 1868, connecting Davis to Washington (now West Sacramento) to the east, Vallejo to the southwest, and Marysville to the northeast via a wye at Davis to Woodland, where in turn... Fairfield-Suisun Station is an Amtrak station in Suisun City and Fairfield in California served by the Amtrak Capitol Corridor commuter rail line between Sacramento and San José through Oakland. ... Martinez Station is a rail station in Martinez, California, the county seat of Contra Costa County. ... Richmond Station is an at-grade Bay Area Rapid Transit and Amtrak station located in Richmond, California. ... Berkeley Station is an Amtrak station in Berkeley, California, served by Amtrak Californias Capitol Corridor service between Downtown San José and Sacramento/Auburn. ... Built in Emeryville to replace the Beaux Arts Oakland station that was declared unsafe (unreinforced masonry)after sustaining damage in the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 in bordering Oakland, California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Oakland (Jack London Square) is an Amtrak station located in downtown Oakland, California. ... Oakland Coliseum Amtrak/BART Station general area map The Oakland Coliseum Amtrak/BART Station is actually a reference to two separate stations of two public transit providers that are within 600ft(183m) of each other: Amtrak Capitol Corridors Oakland Coliseum station and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)s Coliseum... Diridon Station (formerly the Cahill Depot) is the central passenger rail depot for San Jose, California. ... Caltrain is a commuter rail line on the San Francisco Peninsula and the Santa Clara Valley in the United States. ... Amtrak California is a brand name used by Caltrans Division of Rail on all state supported and Amtrak operated rail routes within the State of California. ... Categories: Stub ...

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Proposed expansion

New stations have been proposed along the existing route at Hercules, Benicia, Northern Fairfield/Vacaville, and Dixon. The Northern Fairfield/Vacaville station is being jointly developed by the cities of Fairfield and Vacaville near the corner of Peabody Road and Vanden Road[4][5]. Additionally an intermodal station is planned at the Union City station, connecting to BART as part of a larger Dumbarton Rail Corridor Project to connect Union City, Fremont, and Newark to various Peninsula destinations via the Dumbarton rail bridge. The station is being planned and paid for by BART and the city of Union City [6]. Hercules is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Dixon is a city located 30 miles from Sacramento, California, in Solano County. ... Union City is a Bay Area Rapid Transit station located near the Decoto district of Union City. ... A westbound BART train with aerodynamic design A car in downtown San Francisco. ... Fremont (IPA: ) is a city in California which was incorporated on January 23, 1956, from the merger of five smaller communities: Centerville, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Niles, and Warm Springs. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The Dumbarton Bridge is the southernmost of the highway bridges that span the San Francisco Bay in California. ... The city of Union City highlighted within Alameda County For other places with this name, see Union City. ...


Additionally, an expansion of the route has been proposed to the existing Amtrak station in Reno, Nevada.


Origin of route name

The Capitol Corridor is given this name because it links the state's first capital and where the first state capitol was located, San Jose (1850), with the state's current capital, Sacramento. The rail route also travels near historical state capitals of Vallejo (1852) and Benicia (1853). (See also: Historical California capitals.) Photo of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, DC, December 2003. ... 1850 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Vallejo (pronounced IPA: , vuh-LAY-hoe) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... 1852 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California, United States. ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... A field of California golden poppies circa 1910. ...


The Capitol Corridor route was also known as the Capitols, but in order to avoid confusion with the Amtrak Capitol Limited route from Washington, D.C. to Chicago, Capitol Corridor is now the official, preferred name. Amtraks Capitol Limited is one of the two routes connecting Washington, DC to Chicago, running via Cleveland, Ohio (the other is the Cardinal via Cincinnati). ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Federal District District of Columbia  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack Evans... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...


Governance

As an Amtrak California route, Capitol Corridor is fully funded by the state through Caltrans Division of Rail, but in 1998 the administration of the route was transferred to Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), formed by transit agencies of which the Capitol Corridor serves in order to have more local control. CCJPA in term contracted BART for day-to-day management and staff support; also, CCJPA makes decisions on the service level of Capitol Corridor, capital improvements along the route, and passenger amenities aboard the trains. Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... A westbound BART train with aerodynamic design A car in downtown San Francisco. ...


The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority is governed by a Board of Directors which is consist of 16 representatives from its member agencies:

The Sacramento Regional Transit District, commonly referred to as the RT, is the agency responsible for public transportation in the Sacramento, California area. ... A westbound BART train with aerodynamic design A car in downtown San Francisco. ... It has been suggested that Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority be merged into this article or section. ...

Equipment

The Capitol Corridor and its administration agency, the CCJPA, are responsible for the maintenance of the Amtrak California's Northern California fleet, which is used by both the Capitol Corridor and the San Joaquin routes. The San Joaquins is a passenger train route operated by Amtrak California in Californias Central Valley. ...


The Northern California fleet includes fourteen EMD F59PHI locomotives (Numbered 2001 through 2015), and two GE P32-8WH (Dash 8) locomotives (Numbered 2051 & 2052, formerly Amtrak 501 & 502), and a large amount of bi-level coaches and café cars which are dubbed as "California Cars". All cars are named after the many mountains and rivers of California. There are two series of California Cars, the 6000 series and the 8000 series, with the 6000 series being newer. Standard Amtrak equipment such as the GE P42DC, Amtrak's main locomotive, standard Amtrak Dash 8 locomotives, and Superliner cars may appear on Capitol Corridor trains as substitutes. The Electro-Motive Diesels F59PHI diesel-electric locomotive is a common locomotive on passenger trains in North America. ... The GE Dash 8-32BWH, also known as the B32-8WH, P32-8WH, or P32BH is a modern diesel-electric locomotive used by Amtrak to pull passenger trains. ... A pair of GE Genesis locomotives Genesis (officially trademarked GENESIS) is a series of locomotives produced by GE Transportation Systems, a subsidiary of General Electric in Erie, Pennsylvania. ... The Superliner is a largely disabled-accessible double decker passenger car used by Amtrak, on mainly its western routes. ...


In rarer cases, F59PHI's from the Amtrak "Surfliner" and "Cascades" trains, and Caltrain EMD F40PH and MPI MP36PH-3C locomotives have been used as substitutes. Caltrain is a commuter rail line on the San Francisco Peninsula and the Santa Clara Valley in the United States. ... The General Motors Electro-Motive Division model F40PH is a 3000 horsepower (2. ... The Motive Power, Inc. ...


When the Capitol Corridor debuted in 1991, the equipment used were Amtrak F40PH locomotves and Amtrak Horizon Fleet cars. Dash 8 locomotives were also used as they were brand new at the time. This equipment was used until the mid 1990s when most of the current state-purchased equipment arrived.

Amtrak routes
California

Amtrak California: Capitol Corridor - Pacific Surfliner - San Joaquins
long-distance: California Zephyr - Coast Starlight - Southwest Chief - Sunset Limited - Texas Eagle Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... A schematic of the Amtrak routes. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Amtrak California is a brand name used by Caltrans Division of Rail on all state supported and Amtrak operated rail routes within the State of California. ... // Northbound Pacific Surfliner Cab Car crosses Carlsbad Village Dr. in Carlsbad, Ca. ... The San Joaquins refers to a train route operated by Amtrak California in Californias Central Valley. ... The California Zephyr is a 2438-mile (3924 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. ... The Coast Starlight at San Luis Obispo, California. ... The Southwest Chief snaking through Apache Canyon, NM The Southwest Chief (formerly the Southwest Limited) is a passenger train operated by Amtrak along a 2256-mile (3631-km) route through the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. ... Sunset Limited (eastbound) at the Houston train station. ... The Texas Eagle is a 1306-mile (2102 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the central and western United States. ...

References

  1. ^ The Capitol Corridor Performance Report 2005
  2. ^ Capitol Corridor Ridership Grows On Stretching Bay Area Commutes
  3. ^ Capitol Corridor's Largest Service Increase Ever Brings More Direct Trains To Sacramento
  4. ^ Fairfield Planning Dept. - TRAIN STATION SPECIFIC PLAN
  5. ^ Capitol Corridor - Issue 17, June 2004
  6. ^ SamTrans - Dumbarton Rail Corridor

External links


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Capitol Corridor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (899 words)
The Capitol Corridor is a 172-mile (275 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in California.
The Capitol Corridor is given this name because it links the state's first capital and where the first state capitol was located, San Jose (1850), with the state's current capital, Sacramento.
The Capitol Corridor and its adminstration agency, the CCJPA, are responsible for the maintenance of the Amtrak California's Northern California fleet, which is used by both the Capitol Corridor and the San Joaquin routes.
CapitolWayCorridorStudy (413 words)
Capitol Way is an important community transportation route that serves commuters, residents, visitors, and travelers - in vehicles, on buses, or by walking or biking.
Capitol Way travels through a large historic neighborhood, carries regional traffic, and is an important direct bicycle and pedestrian route.
The corridor faces increasing traffic volumes, and speed and safety concerns for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially in crossing the facility.
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