The popular Capitol Corridor train route — Amtrak’s 3rd busiest with 1.7 million riders last year — has added more bike racks to the older 1995 cab cars, increasing bike capacity by 34% with seven bike racks now in the older cars. The Capitol Corridor Joints Powers Authority plans to retrofit the newer 2002 cab cars in the near future to further increase bike capacity.
More than 150,000 cyclists — about 9% of riders — bring their bikes on board the train each year.
The Capitol Corridor is primarily a commuter train service with 32 daily trains running between San Jose, California and Sacramento, with stops in Santa Clara, along the East Bay, and along I-80 to Sacramento. Capitol Corridor is managed by BART. Incidentally, onboard the train is the only place you can buy discounted BART tickets. Amtrak Capitol Corridor is funded entirely by the state of California.
Mike and Nancy unload their bikes from the Amtrak Capitol Corridor in Berkeley. Photo by Richard Masoner.
- SF Streetsblog: Bike Capacity to Increase on Capitol Corridor Trains
- Sacramento Business Journal: Capitol Corridor adds bike racks to trains.
- Amtrak Capitol Corridor.