New figures for August show passenger traffic was up 6.4% over August of 2004. Ticket revenue was up 12.9% from last year.
Spokeswoman Vernae Graham says commuters are starting to see trains as an attractive alternative. "Between gas prices and people just realizing how convenient it is to drive down to the station and hop on a train and get to their destination without having the hassles of sitting on the freeway in traffic. Californians are realizing that it’s an easier way of traveling."
The Capitol Corridor serves 17 stations from the Sacramento Area to the Bay Area. The 170-mile stretch is the third fastest growing route in the country.