The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) was awarded $16,459,000 by the State of California through the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) as part of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) 2016 Awards. These funds are dispersed by the State to fund capital improvements and operational investments that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and modernize California’s intercity rail, and bus and rail transit systems.
ACE will use the grant funds to increase some station platforms to be able to accommodate eight car trains, and purchase one Tier IV Locomotive to add capacity on the busiest train.
“This is a great opportunity for ACE through CalSTA to help with improving our platforms and our fleet, and allow us to add additional riders,” said ACE Director of Operations Brian Schmidt. “We’re thankful to our team for putting the application together and to the State of California for supporting ACE with this grant.”
A timeline for completion of the grant projects will be announced at a later date.
ACE, started in 1998 and serving over one million riders annually, runs four daily round trips starting at the Cabral Station in Downtown Stockton and stops in Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Vasco Road, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Great America, Santa Clara and San Jose’s Diridon station. For more information on ACE, visit www.acerail.com.