Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

Freight and Passenger Rail Work Better as Partners

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic wiping out much of America’s passenger rail ridership, Union Pacific carried approximately 130,000 passengers across its network daily. In fact, UP has 106 Amtrak schedules and 225 other commuter partner schedules across its 23-state network.

Riders of California’s Capitol Corridor, Minnesota’s Metro Transit and VIA Rail Canada will see improvements to Wi-Fi, light rail transportation options, and reservations, respectively.

Supply Side: Capitol Corridor, Metro Transit, VIA Rail Canada Improving Rider Services

Northern California’s Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) expects to complete its next-generation Wi-Fi upgrade project by early December to improve the rider experience. Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro Transit awarded two communications contracts to Collins Aerospace Systems for its $2.003 billion Southwest LRT project, which will expand Green Line service. As well, VIA Rail Canada is working with IT and business consulting services firm CGI on a reservation modernization project to better serve customers.

Padgette named CCJPA Managing Director

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) named Rob Padgette to be its new Managing Director, effective July 1, 2019. He will oversee management and operations of the 170-mile Capitol Corridor regional/commuter rail system, replacing David Kutrosky, who is stepping down after nearly 10 years at the helm, Padgette first joined the CCJPA as Deputy Managing Director in January 2018.