Two Capitol Corridor Accessibility Projects Enter Second Phase

Written by Kyra Senese, Managing Editor
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Capitol Corridor’s Martinez Station
Capitol Corridor

The Northern California agency’s Fremont Station Accessibility Improvement Project entered phase two of construction Jan. 23 and related work will continue for the next several months. The Martinez Station Accessibility Improvement Project began its second phase Jan. 27.

The Fremont Station Accessibility Improvement Project will include work on the Northeast portion of the platform, which extends along the station-side parking area. Boarding will continue on the station’s North platform and the newly completed South platform. Passenger Ambassadors will no longer be positioned at Fremont Station. During construction, the station will remain operational, a Capitol Corridor release said. 

Amtrak, Capitol Corridor’s operating partner, is leading the project, which is part of a federal funding package for improving accessibility at rail stations, under contract with Centennial Construction.

The work at the Martinez Station will be done in collaboration with Amtrak and under contract with Granite Construction. The goal, according to Capitol Corridor, is to work with Amtrak to complete the Martinez Station project as quickly and diligently as possible in order to minimize the impact on commuters. 

Martinez Station accessibility improvements will include the installation of temporary restrooms, potholing utilities, demolition/installation of warning domes, demolition/reinstallation of platform sections, lighting removal/reinstallation, helical pile installations, walkway/stairs/guardrail improvements, and building improvements, Capitol Corridor said. 

Phase Two of construction on the Martinez Station is set to wrap up July 30, 2023. 

Temporary construction chain link fencing will be installed to differentiate construction zones and keep the public out of the work zone. Signage will be placed throughout the site to ensure that pedestrian traffic can reach the open platform section.

Interior improvements will have an impact on the building’s restrooms and ticket counter areas; temporary restrooms and ticket counters will be set up to minimize the impact on the public during construction. Capitol Corridor also said construction trucks and equipment will be coming and going from the work site and staging areas.

Capitol Corridor officials do not anticipate any disruptions to train schedules as a result of the construction project. However, conductors on trains arriving at the Martinez Station will need to limit the number of doors they open because only a portion of the platform will be available for boarding at any given time.