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Capitol Corridor authority releases draft business plan
The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) yesterday released a draft business plan, which outlines the California agency's rail-service improvements and funding requests for the next two fiscal years.
The draft plan estimates the operating budget for fiscal-year 2020-2021 to be about $32.7 million, a 1.4 percent decrease compared to the FY2019-2020 operating budget. The FY2021-2022 budget is projected to be nearly $33.7 million, according to the draft plan document.
Key operations outlined in the plan include maintaining increased seating capacity on select trains; addressing crowding conditions; enhancing security patrols at select East Bay stations; upgrading service amenities; and improving rail infrastructure and rolling stock.
Service amenity improvements outlined in the plan include upgraded onboard Wi-Fi and installation of a new passenger information display system.
CCJPA also plans to test renewable diesel as an alternative fuel source to decrease carbon emissions on its system. The authority also plans to continue working with Union Pacific Railroad to maintain railroad right-of-way infrastructure to reduce delays and maintain on-time performance.
Over the next two fiscal years, CCJPA also plans to continue the final engineering design of its Sacramento-to-Roseville service expansion project; advance the South Bay Connect project to the environmental and design phase; and enter the initial planning stage for a new Transbay rail crossing in partnership with Bay Area Rapid Transit.
The draft plan will be submitted to the California State Transportation Agency in April. In June, the plan will be adopted after feedback and revisions. Meanwhile, Amtrak also will develop a final operating cost estimate for the Capitol Corridor intercity passenger-rail service.
CCJPA will accept public comments on the draft at workshops to be held Jan. 21-24, as well as online or by mail through Jan. 27.
The Capitol Corridor serves 18 train stations along a nearly 170-mile corridor, connecting the counties of Placer, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara.
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