BART, Amtrak exploring possible joint transbay crossing

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A Capitol Corridor train passes through Crockett, Calif. Amtrak and BART are considering a shared crossing of San Francisco Bay that would allow direct service between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Steve Glischinski

SAN FRANCISCO — Bay Area Rapid Transit and Amtrak are joining forces to study the possibility of a second San Francisco Bay rail crossing, creating the possibility of one-seat Amtrak rides between Sacramento and downtown San Francisco.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the concept is to run two sets of tracks across the bay, either in a tube (as with the existing BART crossing) or on a bridge). Each operation would have its own set of tracks, since BART uses 5-foot-6 broad gauge.

In November, BART sent a $50 million contract to bid for a feasibility study of a second crossing.

David Kutrosky, managing director of the authority that operates Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor trains, tells the Chronicle that goal is to open up a “brand-new market by offering a one-seat ride from Sacramento to San Francisco.” Even with the current need to transfer to a bus or BART, the Sacramento-San Francisco city pair accounts for about 750,000 trips per year.

The new connection might also be able to accommodate California’s high speed rail project, and could make possible direct rail connections to Caltrain locations between San Francisco and San Jose.

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