Looking for some family fun over Labor Day weekend? Go back in time to experience Gold Rush Days, an annual four-day festival in Old Sacramento. The Capitol Corridor train between San Jose and Sacramento will get you within steps of all the action, and with BART not running service to San Francisco over the holiday weekend, this is a great way to avoid the inevitable Bay Area traffic jams! More Gold Rush Days – A Labor Day Getaway to the Old West
Soccer fans lucky enough to have a ticket to the international matchup between Manchester United and FC Barcelona on Saturday, July 25 at Levi’s Stadium, will be able to rely on the Capitol Corridor train to take them within an easy, five-minute walk from the stadium gates. Instead of slogging through traffic, Capitol Corridor passengers can sit back and enjoy a relaxing train ride with free wi-fi and a Café Car stocked with wine, beer, spirits, snacks, and other refreshments. More Capitol Corridor Offers Traffic-Free Travel with Discount Fares for July 25 International Soccer Matchup at Levi’s Stadium
It’s an annual tradition anticipated every summer by Sacramento River Cats fan. The minor league baseball team hosts a day trip on Capitol Corridor for season ticket holders to see a game of their affiliated minor league team. More A Trip to AT&T Park with the Sacramento River Cats
On June 30, Capitol Corridor learned it was the recipient of one of 14 grants in California totaling $224 million to support public transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change. Administered by the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), the grants are funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund using proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions.
Capitol Corridor received a $4.62 million grant for its Travel Time Reduction Project. In partnership with Union Pacific Rail Road and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), Capitol Corridor will use the funds between 2017 and 2035 to invest in track and signal system improvements that will allow trains to safely go faster along certain curved segments of track.
Capitol Corridor estimates the improvements will result in up to 10 minutes of travel-time savings between San Jose and Sacramento – with most of the savings being realized between San Jose and Richmond and Martinez and Suisun. In addition, Capitol Corridor expects the track improvements to save travel time for other passenger rail services that are on the same route, including ACE and the Amtrak San Joaquin service. Eight stations along the Capitol Corridor and ACE corridors that will benefit from reduced travel times are located in or within half a mile of disadvantaged communities. Another goal of the cap-and-trade funds is to improve air quality in disadvantaged communities
In the larger picture, reduced travel times mean faster trips for passengers, which will ultimately lead to increased rail ridership. And with more people choosing rail and other transit alternatives over automobiles, air quality will improve. Over the lifetime of the Travel Time Reduction Project, Capitol Corridor expects to reduce 23,510 metric tons of C02, results that align with the state’s larger goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by expanding public transportation ridership and capacity.
For more information about CalSTA’s grant awards, visit http://calsta.ca.gov/res/docs/pdfs/2015/Agency/TIRCPGrants_NewsRelease06302015.pdf.
This summer Capitol Corridor will be making adjustments to its train configuration to improve operating efficiency, lower costs, and help reduce C02 emissions. More New Train Car Configuration Will Improve Operating Efficiency of Capitol Corridor