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coming to Santa Clara: rail transit to East Bay

By enelson
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006 at 7:59 pm in Capitol Corridor (Amtrak).

In the rush of transportation news today, not to mention an opus I’m doing for Sunday that kept me up most of the night, I missed a press release from Union Pacific, which owns the tracks that Amtrak is under contract to run the multi-county Capitol Corridor commuter rail service.
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UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD MAKES IMPROVEMENTS TO ITS TRACKS BETWEEN
OAKLAND AND NEWARK, CALIF.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

OMAHA, Neb., May 17, 2006  Union Pacific Railroad is spending $10.1 million
this year on track improvements between Oakland and Newark, Calif.
Upon completion of the project, crews will have removed and installed 48,500
ties; spread 23,656 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed; replaced
the surfaces at 95 road crossings, and replaced 2,400 ft. of rail in various
curves on the line. Work began on these projects in January and is scheduled
to be completed by mid-July.

These improvements are part of the $1.5 billion Union Pacific is planning to
spend in 2006 to maintain its track across its more than 32,400-mile system.

That’s all well and good, but the improvements of most interest to Bay Area commuters are the extra set of tracks that UP is installing on behalf of Capitol Corridor.

When the project is done, the agency will start running extra trains from Oakland to San Jose and stop running those ennervating Amtrak buses that take twice as long and are just as slow on the 880 as my Honda Civic.

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One Response to “coming to Santa Clara: rail transit to East Bay”

  1. Brian Stanke Says:

    It’s about time! When the new schedule starts I can start taking the train to San Jose again, and actually taking it back too! Imagine a 7:10 pm train so us San Jise State grad students can avoid the dreaded VTA 180 bus or begging for carpools.

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