Commuter rail is gaining popularity among commuters and travelers. Rail travel removes the stress, congestion, and pollution of passenger vehicles. Commuters can also catch up on work, email, or sleep — activities not quite as feasible while driving a car.

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) is a commuter rail that connects Stockton to San Jose. It is named for the Altamont Pass through which it runs. The service began October 19,1998, with two weekday trains each way. Three trains began in November 2009, and four trains in September 2012. Ten stops encompass the 860-mile route; travel time is about 2 hours 10 minutes end-to-end. ACE has morning departures from Stockton and evening return departures from San Jose. San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission manages the service and has plans to extend service to Manteca, Modesto, and beyond in the future. Ridership peaked in 2019 with 1.5 million passengers. However, due to covid the ridership data collapsed to its lowest at 160,007 and is now standing at 327,451 as of March 2023.

ACE Ridership Table

The data for ACE Ridership numbers is taken from the SJRRC Board meeting Agenda Packet Documents. (Source: Click Here)

The Valley Rail Program consists of several project segments that together improve rail service on ACE and the San Joaquins for the San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento, and the Bay Area. The project segments include: Lathrop to Ceres Extension, Sacramento Extension, Ceres-Merced Extension, Stockton Diamond Grade Separation, Madera Station Relocation, and the Oakley Station Project. 

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The Amtrak San Joaquin (aka San Joaquins) is an Amtrak passenger train. For 50 years, Amtrak has made passenger rail service accessible to communities all across America, both large and small. Amtrak takes great pride in its innovative advancements in rail travel safety and sustainability, as well as its contribution to the economic vitality of the communities it serves.

Amtrak operated six roundtrips daily Oakland/Sacramento-Fresno-Bakersfield The Amtrak San Joaquins provides essential service between the Central Valley, Bay Area, Sacramento, and beyond. During FY 2022, the service showed a ridership of 212,527 for Stockton(San Joaquin St). The ridership data for Lodi, Stockton(Channel St) and Stockton(San Joaquin St) is listed below.

AMTRAK Ridership Table
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The data for AMTRAK Ridership numbers is taken from the AMTRAK fact sheets. (Source: Click Here)



High-speed Rail is happening! Significant progress continues to be made on the high-speed rail project. Read about the projects underway across the 119-miles of construction in the Central Valley.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has released its Fall 2023 Construction Update highlighting continued progress on the nation’s first high-speed rail project, including 10 structures completed or opened to traffic this year and progress at various construction sites with a record 1,612 workers dispatched to job sites daily in November.
Another significant development is the near completion of Construction Package 4, the southernmost 22-mile stretch of active high-speed rail construction in California’s Central Valley. The update also highlights progress at high-speed rail structures like Conejo Viaduct in Fresno County, Hanford Viaduct in Kings County, and Tule River Viaduct in Tulare County.

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