Politics & Government

Caltrans reports record ridership on Amtrak California rail lines

Amtrak California carried a record 3.9 million passengers on its Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin rail lines in its fiscal year running from October 2012 through September 2013, according to the California Department of Transportation.

That was up from about 3.78 million the prior year.

Revenue for the two lines totaled about $102 million, also a record, in the most recent fiscal year. That was up from about $97.25 million the prior year.

Over the past 10 years, ridership on the Pacific Surfliner, the second-busiest rail corridor in the nation, and the San Joaquin increased by nearly a million passengers, and annual ticket revenue surged from $44 million to the current $102 million.

“In California, a rail renaissance is under way,” said Malcolm Dougherty, director of Caltrans.

Caltrans provides funding to run all three intercity passenger rail lines in California: the Pacific Surfliner, the San Joaquin and the Capitol Corridor. The three had a combined ridership of 5.6 million passengers in 2012-13. The recently approved 2013 California State Rail Plan includes plans to add more trips to each of the routes.

Caltrans manages both the Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin corridors. The Capitol Corridor is managed by the Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority.