SJRRC and SJJPA’s Valley Rail Program Receives $40M

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Courtesy of SJRRC

STOCKTON, Calif. – The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission announces that the Valley Rail Program receives funding for the Turlock extension.

San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) announced in a news release that its joint Valley Rail Program with SJJPA has received $40 million from the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program. The award is for the Union Pacific Railroad “along the Fresno Subdivision from Ceres to Turlock Double Tracking Project.” The project will benefit both passenger and freight rail, and the Valley Rail Program will expand passenger rail to Sacramento in Northern San Joaquin Valley.

The Chair of San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, Leo Zuber, thanked the CTC for its support and the “$40 million TCEP award [that] continues SJRRC’s commitment to working with our State and Federal partners to fully fund the Valley Rail Program which will connect so many new communities to rail transportation.”

The award comes in addition to the $57 million from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program last year for the Ceres to Turlock segment. The Ceres-Turlock project “was estimated at $133.4 million,” according to SJRRC, and it is currently submitting applications for state and federal funds.

The UPRR double tracking consists of a second mainline track along 10 miles of UPRR Fresno Subdivision. Along the same mainline track, the project will extend two culverts, improve eleven grade crossings, and modify the undercrossing at SR99. By doing so, it will allow for more freight mobility and passenger service.

SJRRC states that the “2022 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program totals $1.081 billion for 26 projects, [and] all projects nominated for funding provide significant need to California residents.” The funding it has requested matches the need for freight improvements in California. The CTC’s TCEP funds enhancements to infrastructure “on federally designated Trade Corridors of National and Regional Significance, on the Primary Freight Network, and along corridors that have a high volume of freight movement, as determined by the Commission.”

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