Altamont Corridor Express trains to return to downtown Manteca

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MANTECA, Calif. — Altamont Corridor Express trains will return to downtown Manteca by 2023 thanks to the securement of funds by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and the commuter rail agency, the Manteca Bulletin reports.

The $400-million project is being funded by a gasoline and diesel fuel taxes going into effect later this year. The tax measure is part of a broader $54.2-billion transportation plan approved by the California legislature earlier this year. The hike in taxes will help address roadway and bridge issues throughout the state.

As for the Altamont Corridor project, it will use $400 million of the projected tax money to build new track alongside Union Pacific rails and fund rail service to Manteca, as well as the surrounding communities of Ripon, Modesto, and Ceres. The 58-mile extension would call for double-track segments between Lathrop and Merced due to UP freight congestion on the existing single-track section.

Initial service plans call for two round-trip trains between Merced and San Jose, including service to downtown Manteca and other communities. A new station at River Islands would also replace the existing Lathrop-Manteca facility. According to the newspaper article, Manteca could see as many as 300,000 boardings each year.

Altamont Corridor service is scheduled to begin on the new extension no later than 2023.

The agency is finalizing the environmental requirements of the project.

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