Posts Tagged ‘California State Transportation Agency’

Grant to Improve Pacific Surfliner Facilities

April 28, 2020

The Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo passenger-rail corridor agency has received a $38.7 million state grant that it will use to improve Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service.

The funding is coming from the California State Transportation Agency’s 2020 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program.

The grant to LOSSAN includes funding to help overhaul and modernize rail cars used by Pacific Surfliner trains and to build two layover facilities in San Luis Obispo County and San Diego.

The San Diego layover facility will include maintenance bays and space for overnight storage of Pacific Surfliner equipment.

Grant to Help Pay for Capitol Corridor Siding

March 15, 2019

A $1.4 million grant to the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority will be used to fund construction of a siding near the Great America-Santa Clara Station.

The project will allow for enhanced Capitol Corridor train service to and from special events at Levi’s Stadium, which adjacent to the station.

The track will also improve service reliability by adding track capacity the CCJPA said.

The grant was awarded by the California State Transportation  Agency from the California State Rail Assistance program.

CCJPA said it will match the grant with $1.9 million of prior authority cost savings for a total of $3.3 million to complete the design and other pre-construction activities for the siding.

“With the opening of Levi’s Stadium just minutes from the Santa Clara-Great America Station in 2014 and our successful implementation of a special schedule for the 2016 Super Bowl, we are uniquely positioned to play an even bigger role in mitigating traffic to and from large-scale events by providing service to patrons beyond our current schedule,” said CCJPA Managing Director David Kutrosky in a statement.

Commuter Friendly Pacific Surfliner to Begin April 2 in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in California

February 27, 2018

Amtrak will launch a new Pacific Surfliner train on April 2 that will enable Ventura County residents to commute to Santa Barbara County for work five days a week.

The new service is being billed as an effort to reduce traffic congestion on Highway 101.

The Lossan Rail Corridor Agency board has approved the new schedules for the 351-mile coastal Lossan Corridor rail line that travels through San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

Northbound No. 759 will leave Simi Valley at 5:19 a.m., Moorpark at 5:31 a.m., Camarillo at 5:46 a.m., Oxnard at 5:58 a.m., Ventura at 6:12 a.m., Carpinteria at 6:34 a.m., Santa Barbara’s two stops at 6:47 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., and Goleta at 7:16 a.m.

Southbound No. 792 will leave Goleta at 4:25 p.m., Santa Barbara at 4:37 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., Carpinteria at 4:55 p.m., Ventura at 5:26 p.m., Oxnard at 5:40 p.m., Camarillo at 5:56 p.m., Moorpark at 6:25 p.m. and Simi Valley at 6:41 p.m.

Other Pacific Surfliner operate through the two counties on different schedules.

A Lossan staff report found that more than 15,000 people commute daily between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The $5 million cost of the new service will be divided between the California State Transportation Agency and the Santa Barbara County. The new train is operating for a two-year trial period.