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ACEforward

Project Information
Sector: Surface Transportation
Project Category: 
DOT Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Total Estimated Project Cost: 
$1,578,500,000
Description: 

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) is launching an effort to improve and expand the existing Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) rail service between Stockton and San Jose, California, as well as extension of the rail service to Modesto and Merced, California. The ACEforward program will strive to reduce travel time by at least 10 percent, and increase reliability of the existing ACE rail service. In the near term, ACEforward aims to increase existing service from 4 daily round trips to a proposed 6 daily round trips, extend to Modesto in Stanislaus County, implement safety and grade crossings improvements, and add track in key locations. ACEforward is also planning longer-term improvements to increase service to at least 10 daily round trips, provide weekend service, and extend to Merced. As of  June 6, 2013, project leadership and funding for the Altamont Corridor has been transferred from the California High-Speed Rail Authority to the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission.

In addition, pertinent information about the project can be found at the project's FRA webpage: https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0663

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completion Status
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Complete
Scoping
Complete
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Target: 07/31/2018
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Target: 01/31/2019
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Target: 03/31/2019
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
03/31/2019 In Progress
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