Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor Agreements and Operations/Shared Use of Track along Union Pacific Railroad from Auburn California to San Jose California

Today, the Capitol Corridor provides 16 weekday roundtrips between Oakland and Sacramento. Of those 16 weekday round trips, 7 weekday roundtrips continue to San Jose. The Weekend/Holiday Schedule has 11 roundtrips between Sacramento and Oakland and maintains the same level of service at 7 roundtrips per day to San Jose. The service normally terminates at Oakland Jack London Square. However, 4 westbound and 1 eastbound roundtrip continue to the Oakland Coliseum Station on weekdays and on weekends 1 westbound trip terminates at the Coliseum Station. The Coliseum Station features connections to a major sports stadium, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and the Oakland International Airport. Service to San Jose is less frequent than the service to Oakland due to single track conditions for 23.6 miles between Santa Clara and Albrae and Niles Tower to West Elmhurst. Additional capacity between these 2 points could allow for more frequent service between Oakland and San Jose. In 2006, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority provided financial capital to upgrade the rail line between Oakland and San Jose to accommodate more frequent service. Service prior to the upgrade was at 4 roundtrips per day between Sacramento and San Jose. Since the upgrade was competed in the summer of 2006, service has been increased to 7 roundtrips. The passenger schedule is developed jointly between the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) and Union Pacific Railroad. The CCJPA currently is allotted 32 weekday trains between Oakland and Sacramento and 14 weekday trains between Oakland and San Jose. Passenger Schedule information from the December 1, 2006 schedule that features 32 weekday trains between Oakland and Sacramento can be found on the Capitol Corridor website at Connections at each station are featured. It also lists the 14 weekday trains to San Jose and the weekend and holiday schedules. The future of the Capitol Corridor is reliant upon continued political support from the State of California. The route could operate with other operations providers if Amtrak where to leave. However, Amtrak is uniquely positioned to provide the operating expertise through its national network of resources. Expansion efforts for regional rail and/or service extensions to Reno Nevada are being discussed at the CCJPA, CalTrans and UPRR. The CCJPA should be careful in pursuing these expansions. The long term capital project list calls for 120 million dollars to expand service to Reno Nevada. Perhaps the 120 million dollars could be used to upgrade track between San Jose and Auburn. A 120 million dollar track upgrade would continue the good relationship with UPRR and improve the reliability, safety and OTP of the route. There are excellent opportunities to upgrade track, eliminate grade crossings, expand capacity and improve the signal system along the route. The Capitol Corridor is an ideal example to study when building short distance corridors between city pairs in the United States and Canada. Cites that have similar geographic features can benchmark off of the Capitol Corridor’s success since 1991. The essential element is regional political empowerment to jump start the funding process to establish a short distance regional corridor.


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  • Monograph Title: 2007 Proceedings Rail Conference

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  • Accession Number: 01051599
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594260
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  • Created Date: Jun 12 2007 3:45PM