California Department of Transportation
Date: April 27 , 2011
District: Caltrans Headquarters - Sacramento
Contact: Matt Rocco
Phone: (916) 654-5467
Federal Railroad Administration Awards Caltrans $100 Million Grant
Equipment Upgrades to be Made on Amtrak California Corridors
Sacramento – The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) $100 million to purchase new equipment on Amtrak California trains that service the San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner rail corridors.
“California has seen a 60 percent increase in ridership in the last decade on the San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner corridors,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim. “This grant will allow us to meet the growing needs of rail passengers in California and continue providing an alternate choice for travel in the state.”
This award allows Caltrans to add to its current fleet and address future growth in Amtrak California rail travel. The new bi-level equipment includes 27 new cars: nine will replace single-level equipment used on the Pacific Surfliner, and 18 will allow for growth on both the San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner corridors.
The grant was funded through federal fiscal year 2010 appropriations provided for high speed and intercity passenger rail. This particular project is the first to be authorized under the Next Generation design standards in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA), which were developed to primarily promote the creation of a pool of standardized equipment for Amtrak and the states to use in various state-sponsored rail corridors.
For more information on the grant or fleet expansion efforts, visit AmtrakCalifornia.com. Join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmtrakCalifornia; or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Amtrak_CA.
About Amtrak California
Amtrak California is a partnership of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Amtrak. Under the Amtrak California banner, Caltrans funds three of the five busiest intercity passenger rail routes in the Amtrak system: the Pacific Surfliner corridor (ranked second), the Capitol Corridor (ranked third), and the San Joaquin corridor (ranked fifth). Caltrans manages both the Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin corridors. The Capitol Corridor, although funded by Caltrans, is managed by the Capital Corridor Joint
Powers Authority. Contributing more than $90 million annually in state operating assistance, Caltrans is the largest state supported passenger rail program in the nation. For more information visit AmtrakCalifornia.com; join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmtrakCalifornia; or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Amtrak_CA.
Amtrak is America’s Railroad, the nation’s intercity passenger rail provider and its only high-speed rail operator. A record 28.7 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2010 and more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Amtrak operates trains in partnership with 15 states and four commuter rail agencies. Amtrak also is a strong financial performer achieving an 85 percent cost-recovery ratio in FY 2010. Enjoy the journey at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Amtrak and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Amtrak.
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