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.