California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Headquarters – Sacramento
Matt Rocco
(916) 657-5060

March 16, 2010


Sacramento – Today, Caltrans announced that California’s San Joaquin intercity passenger rail service reached an all-time ridership record for the four-month period from November 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010. More than 310,000 riders boarded trains, a 6.6 percent increase from the same period in 2008-09.    

“More riders are choosing our safe, reliable and green intercity train service,” said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki. “This keeps California on the right track to reduce congestion on our highways and keep our air clean.”

With five million annual passengers, California has more than 20 percent of all Amtrak riders. Since 1990, the state has invested more than $1.3 billion in infrastructure and equipment for intercity passenger rail and about $1 billion in operating support. 

California is home to the 2nd (Pacific Surfliner), 3rd (Capitol Corridor), and 5th (San Joaquin) busiest intercity passenger rail corridors in the nation. The state, in partnership with Amtrak, provides service on these rail corridors. The Pacific Surfliner connects San Luis Obispo with San Diego via Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The Capitol Corridor links the Bay Area with Sacramento and Auburn. The San Joaquin serves the Central Valley, linking Los Angeles and Bakersfield with Sacramento and the Bay Area.