Juneteenth 2024

June 6, 2024

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19th each year in the United States. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and is a significant milestone in the country’s history. It symbolizes the end of chattel slavery in the United States, marking a turning point in the nation’s struggle for freedom and equality. It represents the recognition of the inherent rights and dignity of African Americans, who had endured centuries of bondage and oppression.

Additionally, Juneteenth serves as a reminder of the resilience, strength, and perseverance of African Americans throughout history. Despite the delayed news of their freedom, they embraced Juneteenth as a day of celebration and empowerment, using it as a platform to advocate for civil rights, equality, and social justice.

Take the Capitol Corridor to Juneteenth events near you:

Caltrain Service Suspended 6/8-6/9

June 4, 2024

On Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, 2024, Caltrain will suspend rail service on its entire corridor due to construction activities. Capitol Corridor train service and bus connections will run on its regular weekend schedule during this time.

Passengers can connect to other services such as VTA Light Rail at Santa Clara Great America and San Jose Diridon stations, or to buses at the Cahill Street bus stops at San Jose Diridon.

Link21 completes analysis of train technology for second Bay Crossing

June 3, 2024

OAKLAND, CA — The Link21 Program is making progress toward its goal of creating a faster, more connected train system across the 21-county Northern California Megaregion that provides equitable, affordable, and accessible travel for future generations. One key aspect is building a second underground train crossing of the San Francisco Bay, allowing riders to travel to various destinations in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento area, Monterey Bay area, and Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Link21 recently completed an exciting analysis of the different benefits that standard-gauge (Regional Rail) and broad-gauge (BART) train technologies can provide to the region through this project. This Program milestone will determine which technology should operate in the new crossing as an important step toward defining a project that will provide riders with enhanced and more reliable travel options.

Through the spring and early summer, Link21 is on an informational roadshow sharing analysis findings that demonstrate how the two technologies provide similar benefits and where they differ in terms of service, equitable outcomes, connections, and operations.

“Link21 will make investments to offer more train service for future generations to thrive, connect, and flourish in our vibrant Megaregion,” said Link21 Program Director Sadie Graham. “The community and stakeholder engagement we do now and the decisions we make will help ensure the project delivers accessible, reliable, and environmentally conscious transit solutions that will benefit our communities for years to come.”

Virtual Community Meetings

Register at Link21Program.org/events to attend a meeting via Zoom and hear a presentation from Link21 Team members.

  • Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 10, 2024 | 6-7:30 p.m.

 Meetings will be interpreted in Spanish and Cantonese. To request American Sign Language and other accommodations, email [email protected] or call 855-905-Link (5465) at least three days in advance of the meeting date.

Online Open House
Visit Link21OpenHouse.com anytime 24/7, starting in mid-June, to conveniently participate when it works for you, whether it’s from the comfort of your own home or while commuting on the train. The Online Open House will be available for several weeks.

Can’t make the events? Link21 will be in local communities. Visit Link21Program.org/events for more information.

About Link21

Link21 is a long-range transportation program sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority. Together with partners, Link21 will transform the train system within the 21-county Northern California Megaregion, which includes the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay area, the Sacramento area, and the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Link21 will make it more convenient for people to take BART and Regional Rail (commuter, intercity, and high-speed train service) throughout the Megaregion.

Learn more at Link21Program.org.

Happy Pride Month

May 31, 2024

Happy Pride Month! Pride Month is an annual celebration where we come together to honor and uplift the LGBTQ+ community. It serves as a powerful reminder that every individual deserves to live authentically, without fear, or prejudice. By celebrating Pride Month, we affirm our commitment to creating a world where love, respect, and inclusivity triumph over discrimination and bigotry.

culture events weekend picks

Take Capitol Corridor to the largest Pride celebrations in Northern California! Sit back, relax, and head to the Café Car for yummy food and drinks! Go with a group and take advantage of our deals and promotions.

June

  • Sacramento Pride (Sacramento Station):
    Sacramento Pride will be celebrated on June 8 – 9, 2024, at Sacramento Capitol Mall. Take the train and get off at Sacramento Station, walking just a few blocks to the event’s location.
  • San Francisco (Emeryville/ Richmond Station):
    While the city will be celebrating all month long, the annual San Francisco Pride Celebration will be on Sunday, June 30, 2024, complete with a parade and celebration at San Francisco City Hall. Take the train to Richmond Station and transfer to the BART red line and get off at Embarcadero Station for the start of the parade. Consider staying overnight before or after the event to maximize on the fun!

August

  • Silicon Valley Pride Celebration (San Jose Station):
    This year’s Silicon Valley Pride Celebration returns August 24 – 25, 2024, at Plaza de César Chávez Park in Downtown San Jose. Take the train to San Jose Diridon Station and walk a few blocks toward the park!

September

  • Oakland Pride (Oakland Jack London Station):
    Check out the annual Oakland Pride on Sunday, September 8, 2024, in downtown Oakland. Take the train to Oakland Jack London Station and walk toward downtown or take a rideshare. Make it an overnight trip and book your stay!

South Bay Connect Project’s DEIR Now Available for Public Comment

May 29, 2024

CCJPA has released the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed South Bay Connect Project (Project) for a 45-day public review and comment period (May 29 to July 15, 2024). The proposed Project would relocate Capitol Corridor passenger rail service to the existing Union Pacific Railroad Coast Subdivision between Oakland and Newark for improved operational efficiency and reliability. The proposed Project also includes constructing a new passenger rail station on the Coast Subdivision at the existing Ardenwood Park-and-Ride to serve southern Alameda County passengers and facilitate connections to existing transbay transit connections between the East Bay and the San Francisco Peninsula. The draft EIR describes the proposed Project and evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with both the Project and the “no project” alternative.

CCJPA wants to hear from riders and the public on this important rail improvement project for the Northern California Megaregion. Two virtual public meetings are being offered for you to learn more about the proposed Project and provide formal comments on the draft EIR. Spanish and Mandarin Chinese interpreters will be available, as well as a court reporter to take your comments. Individuals will be allotted three minutes to provide verbal comments. All comments received on the draft EIR will be documented and addressed in the final EIR, which is anticipated to be completed in late 2024.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2024 | 6-8 P.M.
Zoom: bit.ly/SBC_EIR_Meeting
Telephone: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 948 0626 0719
Passcode: 609064

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2024 | 6-8 P.M.
Zoom: bit.ly/SBC_EIR_Meeting2
Telephone: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 966 2867 9863
Passcode: 280963

For accessibility accommodations, please call (510) 244-3667 or email [email protected]. Deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired users may contact the California Relay Service TTY/TDD and/or Voice Line at 1-800-735-2929 or 711.

CCJPA BOARD MEETING
The public may also provide verbal comments at the CCJPA Board Meeting on June 26, 2024, beginning at 10 a.m. at the BART Headquarters (2150 Webster St, Oakland, CA). An option for public participation will be available via teleconference. Visit capitolcorridor.org/ccjpa-board for meeting information.

Website: southbayconnect.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (510) 244-3667
Mail:
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
Attn: South Bay Connect DEIR
2150 Webster St, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612