Urban Options - Intra-City Rail

In the early 1900s, most people traveled between cities by rail. In some U.S. cities, people still commute via regular, fixed-rail service. In California, however, intra-city rail has gone through a number of cycles. In the 1990s, it began a resurgence with a number of different intra-city (between cities) rail routes.

The San Diegan train service carried nearly 1.6 million passengers in 1998. The route between San Luis Obispo on the north - through Los Angeles and to San Diego, in the south - carried an average of 130,000 passengers monthly.

The San Joaquin provides service between Sacramento and Oakland and then Bakersfield via Stockton and Fresno. Ridership totaled more than 665,000 in 1998, with an average of 55,422 passengers a month.

The Capitol runs on a route that links San Jose, Oakland, and Sacramento/Roseville. A total of 469,119 passengers traveled that route in 1998.

The Caltrain seems to be growing in popularity on the peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose. The ridership reached an all time high of 8.6 million passengers in 1998.

Since becoming operational in 1992, ridership on the Metrolink has increased each year. In 1998, a total of 6.7 million passengers were served. The commuter train system connects commuters living and working in six Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.

For more on California intra-city rail transportation, contact Amtrak California.

Other on-line resources:

Amtrak California

Amtrack California Map

Amtrack West Coast rail routes