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  •  The Capitol Corridor (1+ / 0-)
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    Is not used for passenger service because there is little demand. Amtrak buses Sacramento bound passengers from Diridon Station in San Jose to Stockton and sometimes takes them all the way into Sacramento if the trains aren't running on the Stockton to Sacramento route.

    I used to be a frequent user of Diridon Station. There aren't many people on that bus, usually only one or two per trip. I know Amtrak loses money on that route because the bus goes directly from San Jose to Stockton and/or Sacramento making no stops.

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    by Cali Techie on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 10:10:17 PM PST

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    •  little demand? (4+ / 0-)
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      Mogolori, MrPlow, raines, acnetj

      the capitol corridor has been getting huge increases in ridership for years now, it's one of the 3 most successful routes amtrak has.

      surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

      by wu ming on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 10:30:45 PM PST

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      •  Maybe from Oakland (0+ / 0-)

        But from San Jose not so much. Most of the people who live(d) in Stockton commuted to SF so they took the Capitol Corridor into Oakland then BART'd in to SF, where those who worked in San Jose tended to take ACE.

        Frankly given how long it took to get from door to door from my house to the old job in SF, I don't know how people from Stockton stand commuting to San Jose. It has to be 3 hours each way easy on top of a full day? Yikes!

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        by Cali Techie on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 11:07:51 PM PST

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    •  WTF? (4+ / 0-)
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      Mogolori, MrPlow, raines, Cali Techie

      Seriously you should get out more. Capitol Corridors runs 32 trains a day!

      There is huge demand on this line. It keeps on setting higher and higher passenger numbers.

      Where have you been?

      Ignore reality. Create your own.

      by sworddance on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 10:38:52 PM PST

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    •  WTF are you talking about? (1+ / 0-)
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      You are absolutely, 100% full of shit.

      The Amtrak Capitol Corridor keeps adding trains because of the increased demand for its services.

      For your next act, will you claim that the ACE trains have no demand for their services either?

      Arguing with "libertarians"? check it out

      Me llamo Señor Plow!

      by MrPlow on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 10:45:55 PM PST

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      •  San Jose not so much (1+ / 0-)
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        According to the schedule there are 15 Capitol Corridor trains that serve San Jose Diridon Station. By contrast there are 40 trains serving Oakland. Now granted I don't use Diridon as much as I used to so service may have increased but I know for a fact I saw more buses to Stockton than I ever saw trains and the buses rarely had more than one or two people on them. I very clearly recall the announcements to board the bus to Stockton on those cold dark rainy mornings standing on the platform waiting for the baby bullet to SF.

        As far as ACE, I've seen a lot more of them than Capitol Corridor trains but they don't run all day. The bunch of them arrive from Stockton in the morning, sit all day then go back in the evening. I always noticed them because they had the newer cars, which had electrical outlets at the seats facing tables for laptop users. Caltrain has a limited number of those cars and most of the time you had to catch the 6 am baby bullet to get the train with the newer cars.

        I am not full of shit.. I just went to the loo!

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        by Cali Techie on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 11:03:33 PM PST

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