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3/5/2009



Rail News: Passenger Rail

California's Capitol Corridor to request $98 million in economic stimulus funds


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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes billions of dollars in economic stimulus funding for high-speed and intercity passenger-rail projects. The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) wants $98 million of it.

Next week, authority officials will meet with lawmakers and policymakers in Washington, D.C., to outline a list of "shovel-ready projects" they believe will create short-term and permanent jobs.

CCJPA plans to submit grant applications requesting: $25 million for a Santa Clara and Newark track project; $22 million for a Hayward double-track project; $10 million for Emeryville station and track improvements; $10 million for a wireless/wired network program; $8 million for a ticketing and passenger communications program; $7 million for a Yolo Causeway west crossover; $6 million for Sacramento station and track facilities construction; $6 million for a San Jose track and station project in partnership with Caltrain; $2 million for capitalized system-wide track maintenance; and $2 million for a Bahia-Benicia second crossover project.

"These are relatively modest investments that will improve reliability, expand track capacity and continue our service improvements to the public," said CCJPA Managing Director Eugene Skoropowski in a prepared statement.

CCJPA partners with Amtrak, Union Pacific Railroad and Caltrans to provide intercity passenger rail service along a 170-mile corridor in northern California.


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