Capitol Corridor delays stacking up this winter

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Steve Glischinski
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Capitol Corridor passenger trains have been delayed this winter by a combination of bad weather and track work, prompting a public apology from Capitol Corridor Managing Director David Kutrosky, the Sacramento Bee reported. Repeated train delays in recent months have prompted rider complaints. The Capitol Corridor operates over Union Pacific between Auburn and San Jose, Calif., and has boasted 97-percent on-time performance in recent years. The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority administers the corridor.

Since November, trains have fallen behind schedule due to a series of unrelated events, including track work, storms, equipment problems, track signal outages, bridge delays, and trespassers.

Union Pacific said its trains have also been hit with delays, mainly caused by storm-related washouts and slides, causing them to reroute more trains through Sacramento on tracks shared with passenger trains.

Capitol Corridor Managing Director David Kutrosky described the situation as like “whack-a-mole,” where problems pop up before they can finish dealing with previous issues.

Kutrosky said his team has set up a joint meeting with Union Pacific to discuss ways to get trains back on time. Certain slowdowns have been caused by UP crews replacing ties between Davis and Roseville, Calif. That work was just completed, but track work continues on parts of the system in the Bay Area.

Rail officials also have been dealing with homeless encampments alongside the rails and trespassers on the tracks, sometimes forcing trains to slow or stop. Kutrosky said his agency and UP recently put up new fencing along tracks in West Sacramento and likely will do that in trouble spots in the Bay Area.

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