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Placer County to receive $25 million to help expand Capitol Corridor Service

June 29, 2023

Additional track will help increase passenger rail frequency and reliability

OAKLAND, CALIF., June 29, 2023— Yesterday, the California Transportation Commission approved $25 million in funds from Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP) for Placer County Transportation Planning Authority (PCTPA) and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), to support Phase 1 of the Sacramento to Roseville 3rd Main Track Project (SR3T).

Phase 1 of the SR3T involves construction work and track improvements that will allow the Capitol Corridor to operate up to three round trips (6 trains) daily between Sacramento and Roseville, increasing service from the current single daily round trip. Once fully completed, the SR3T Phase 1 project will construct approximately 7 miles of third main track and a new layover/servicing facility for Capitol Corridor trains in Roseville.

Following the announcement, CCJPA Board Vice Chair and PCTPA Board Director Bruce Houdesheldt said, “We are grateful to the CTC for this award, which will help build greater connection for Placer County communities to Sacramento and beyond. The two additional Capitol Corridor roundtrips enabled by completion of Phase 1 will triple the current frequency of Capitol Corridor service in the area between Roseville and Sacramento. Expanding transportation options within Placer County is critical for the area, and when this project is fully completed, the improvements will allow for greater frequency and reliability for both freight and passenger operations through the region.”

“Capitol Corridor riders have long awaited additional service in the Placer County area, and we are pleased to get one step closer to realizing the goal of bringing more trains to the region” said Capitol Corridor Managing Director Robert Padgette. “Additional track will help us to run our service more reliably, as it will allow both freight and passenger trains to run through the area.”

The award of SCCP funding represents the last of the state funding share for Phase 1 of the SR3T. The SCCP funding also includes specific improvements for a key phase of the Sacramento Valley Station improvement project. To become fully funded for Phase 1 of this project, CCJPA awaits approximately $43M in Federal funding from one of two nearly identical grant applications made to the Federal Railway Administration (FRA). CCJPA is nearing the 90% design completion and is working to secure additional right-of-way in preparation of entering the construction phase of the project in late 2024.

“With the rapid population growth in South Placer County, these funds are a critical piece that will help bring the much-needed transportation options provided by the Capitol Corridor third main track to Roseville and Placer County. I am thankful to the CTC for this $25,000,000 award,” said CCJPA Board Director Jim Holmes.

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  • Priscilla Kalugdan, CCJPA Communications Officer, (510) 464-6992
  • Matt Click,  PCTPA Executive Director, (530) 823-4030

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Placer County Transportation Planning Agency logoPlacer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) is the forum for making decisions about the regional transportation system in Placer County. The decisions made are reflected in PCTPA’s planning and programming of the area’s state and federal transportation funds. In developing and adopting plans and strategies, we not only make the best use of these funds, but also fulfill the requirements of our state designation as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for Placer County. For more information, visit