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August 24, 2006
NEW ALTAMONT COMMUTER EXPRESS TRAIN TO PROVIDE FIRST DIRECT SERVICE FROM STOCKTON TO SAN JOSE
Stockton – In special ceremonies today in Stockton and San Jose, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), and Amtrak inaugurated a new midday ACE train service. The new locomotive will connect with Amtrak San Joaquin trains to provide the first direct service from Stockton to San Jose for Amtrak passengers in 34 years.
Regular weekday service begins on Monday, August 28.
Caltrans’ Rail Division Chief Bill Bronte, members of San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, and local officials participated in a ribbon cutting at the historic Robert J. Cabral Station in Stockton prior to departure of a special ceremonial train. To symbolize the connection between the two San Joaquin Valley rail services, the train featured an ACE locomotive and an Amtrak California locomotive.
“Thanks to the partnership of Caltrans, Amtrak and the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission we are able to realize the long-held goal of enhanced passenger rail service to San Jose from the Central Valley,” said Bronte. “At the same time, we are providing an alternative to travelers who will feel the impact of construction on the Interstate 205 corridor, and we have done it with existing resources.”
The ceremonial ACE train departs Stockton at 9:30 a.m. with scheduled stops at Lathrop, Tracy, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, and San Jose. ACE trains are operated by the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission.