TRAC Backgrounder No. 3: Altamont, ACE & San Joaquins

TRAC has produced its 3rd Backgrounder, which focuses on the potential synergy between the Altamont Corridor, the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), and the San Joaquins, now that both rail services are under the management of the San Joaquin County Regional Rail Commission:

Effective July 1, 2015, Caltrans handed over to the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (JPA) the oversight
of Amtrak’s San Joaquins. The JPA hired the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), operator of the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), to operate the service. Now that the management of both ACE and the San Joaquins is under the same roof, there are unprecedented opportunities for major economies and passenger benefits that were not possible with separate operations.

Backgrounder No. 3 is link at

The Failure of “Me First” Transportation Planning

New BART director Nick Josefowitz has written an excellent article outlining the failures of “me first” transportation planning, using as examples ineffective freeway expansions in Orange County and the extension of the BART Fremont Line to Warm Springs, currently under construction.


The “Money Quote:”

…BART’s historical pattern of investment is a good example. In the past couple decades, the region has built extension after expensive extension on the edge of the system. This December, the latest of these expensive extensions will open in south Fremont near the Santa Clara county line. This new extension cost $890 million to build, and will cost over $12 million annually to operate.

This extension — and many of BART’s other end-of-line extensions — are the Bay Area version of Orange County’s failed freeway widening program. The new station in south Fremont will funnel more and more riders into an already overloaded BART system, without fundamentally increasing the capacity of the core system to accommodate them. Not only will this increase the crowding for those living in Fremont, but for all BART riders throughout the Bay Area…

Rail Calendar-Meetings & Events: June-July 2015

This calendar will be updated as TRAC receives more information regarding meetings and events of interest to our membership.

Metrolink Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, June 27 10:00 a.m.
Los Angeles Metro Board Room
One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
(ckeck posted agenda to confirm meeting location)
Metrolink Board Meetings information available at

San Joaquin Corridor JPA Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, July 24, 2015 1:30 p.m.
Historic Sacramento City Hall, Council Chambers
915 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Schedule of SJJPA board meetings available at

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