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CA Commuter Rail Agencies Receive State Grants

Five commuter rail agencies in California are receiving a combined $36.5 million in State Rail Assistance Grants from Caltrans, funded through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), a statewide transportation funding law enacted in 2017.

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) in Petaluma, Metrolink in Los Angeles and the North County Transit District’s (NCTD) Coaster in Escondido each will receive $10.5 million in grant funds, while Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) in Stockton and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board’s Caltrain in San Carlos will each receive $2.5 million.

SMART will use its funding, which will be distributed over a three-year period, to increase the number of one-way weekday trips from 34 to 38 and weekend trips from 10 to 12.

Metrolink’s funding will go toward upgrading signals, modernizing track infrastructure and increasing reliability of trains throughout the system.

NCTD will use its grant to help replace seven locomotives with cleaner, more reliable vehicles.

ACE’s grant will allow the system to begin operating two round trips on Saturdays, scheduled to begin in June. At present, the railroad operates only on weekdays.

Caltrain is receiving its funds in three separate grants: $500,000 to help implement its Bike Parking Management Plan, $1 million to repair or replace railcars in its fleet to increase reliability and another $1 million for new crossover tracks near the middle of the corridor to enhance operational and schedule flexibility.
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