Caltrans and Amtrak reported that 5.5 million passengers rode California’s state-supported intercity passenger trains in federal fiscal year 2008. Train ridership in California is at an all-time high.
In Northern California, the Capitol Corridor trains carried 1.69 million riders, a 16.8 percent increase from the previous year. Nearly one million passengers (949,611) rode the San Joaquins service (Bakersfield to Sacramento/Oakland). The Capitol Corridor and the San Joaquins ranked as the nation’s third busiest and sixth busiest lines respectively.
And BART has a weekday average ridership of over 350,000. In the Bay Area, people also use the ACE train to commute between Stockton and San Jose. And the Caltrain also runs from San Francisco to San Jose to Gilroy. Plus a lot of cities have light rail or streetcar systems.
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