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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a $20 million federal grant for the Stockton Diamond grade separation project in California.
The grant was awarded through the USDOT's Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. The grant application was prepared by the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) and the California Department of Transportation.
The $237 million grade separation project is designed to improve mobility through the busiest and most congested grade rail junction in the state, commission officials said in a press release.
"Untangling the Diamond will provide immediate benefits to residents of Stockton, support our plans to expand both the ACE (Altamont Corridor Express) commuter-rail service and San Joaquins intercity passenger-rail service, and improve freight movements throughout the region," said SJRRC Chair Christina Fugazi.
The grade separation project is a "critical element in SJRRC's vision" to expand intercity and commuter-rail service between the San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento and the Bay Area, commission officials said.
SJRRC is in the planning and environmental phase of its nearly $1 billion Valley Rail service expansion program for the ACE and Amtrak San Joaquins route. Under the program, two daily roundtrips for the Amtrak San Joaquins service will be added and the ACE service will be extended the between Sacramento and Merced.
Last month, the SJRRC launched the environmental review process for the project.