McNerney Introduces Bill To Create New Rail Project For Altamont Corridor
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) introduced The Altamont Corridor Rail Improvement Act of 2014 to help fund the ACEForward rail program, which will expand rail service between the Central Valley and the Bay Area.
“The ACEForward rail program is a smart investment in our region’s future,” said Rep. McNerney. “It will create jobs, reduce traffic, and give folks a much faster way to get from the Central Valley to the Bay Area.”
The current Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) trains run weekdays from the Central Valley to the Bay Area and share tracks with freight trains and Amtrak. Sharing tracks limits the speed at which the trains can travel and adds delays to the ACE system. The Altamont Corridor Rail Project would establish a dedicated eighty-five mile track for passenger rail services, with a capacity to carry 35,000 people each way. The train would potentially cut the commute time between Stockton and San Jose in half.
The legislation introduced by Rep. McNerney authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to provide up to $450 million in grants over the next decade for preliminary engineering, final design and construction of the Altamont Corridor Rail Project.
A number of Valley officials expressed their support for the bill:
“ACE has been a great success in bringing together San Joaquin County and the Bay Area. This region is “all aboard” for the Congressman’s Altamont Corridor Rail Improvement Act of 2014 to build on this success.” - Andrew Chesley, Executive Director, San Joaquin Council of Governments
“Congressman McNerney has worked for many years to bring support and recognition to the ACE program. This legislation opens the door to ACE improvement and expansion and directly responds to the needs expressed by our passengers and the employers that need the ACE alternative for their workers.” - Stacey Mortensen, Executive Director, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission
“I want to thank Congressman McNerney for advancing the ACEforward Rail Program. It is critical to expanding our region’s transportation network, working in coordination with BART improvements and the development of high speed rail. This project will ease congestion along some of the region’s most congested highway corridors, including I-580 in the Tri-Valley. Congressman McNerney’s legislation is essential to constructing the ACEforward Rail Program." - San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission member & Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.