Reducing rail congestion and improving operations
Relocate Capitol Corridor passenger rail service between the Oakland Coliseum and Newark to the western Coast Subdivision rail line.
Create a new transbay station location in Fremont at Ardenwood for transit passengers that are heading to the Peninsula.
Construct rail infrastructure improvements to benefit both freight and passenger rail operational efficiency.
South Bay Connect proposes to relocate the Capitol Corridor passenger rail service between the Oakland Coliseum and Newark from the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) Niles Subdivision to the Coast Subdivision for a faster, more direct route.
It will also create new Transbay connections for passengers between the East Bay and Peninsula by connecting to bus and shuttle services at the Ardenwood Station.
The relocation will facilitate the separation of passenger and freight rail, resulting in improved rail operations, efficiency, and reliability while minimizing rail congestion within the corridor.
SBC has benefits that extend far beyond operational improvements for riders, our communities, and the 21 County Northern California Megaregion. Learn more by viewing our Project Benefits informational sheet.
Capitol Corridor is working closely with several partner agencies and corridor jurisdictions in the planning and environmental review of the South Bay Connect Project.
South Bay Connect offers many benefits to the Northern California Megaregion. Improving passenger rail efficiency and connections attracts more riders—this means less cars on our congestion freeways. Improving rail routing and infrastructure enhances freight operations for better goods movement.
These combined rail enhancements boost our local economy, improve our air quality and create better megaregional mobility for all travel modes.
South Bay Connect offers benefits to adjacent communities. Relocating 14 trains of rail service from Niles and Centerville to the Coast reduces rail congestion and local travel delays at rail crossings. Less Reduced wait times and enhanced safety at crossings means better local mobility when traveling between home, work and school.
South Bay Connect offers benefits to intercity and Megaregional riders. The reroute will save Capitol Corridor riders 13 minutes on their commute each way. That adds up to more than 8 ½ hours a month of travel time savings for long-distance commuters—so you can do more of what you want to do.
Our new Project Video introduces you South Bay Connect and highlights the importance of this rail improvements project. It highlights benefits for Capitol Corridor riders, the communities served by the Capitol Corridor service, and the region as a whole. Click play to watch the video.
Learn more about South Bay Connect by watching our General PowerPoint Presentation Video. This presentation illustrates how Capitol Corridor Joint Power Authority (CCJPA) is planning for the future by improving mobility. The video highlights South Bay Connect’s route shift in Capitol Corridor passenger service, rail service improvement benefits, the newly proposed Ardenwood train station, the environmental review process, and the project’s overall status. Click play to watch the video.
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