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June 11, 2013 > High-Speed Rail Authority Approves Altamont Corridor Leadership

High-Speed Rail Authority Approves Altamont Corridor Leadership

Submitted By HSR Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors voted June 6, 2013 to transfer full leadership and funding for rail planning in the Altamont Corridor to the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC).

SJRRC operates the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), which connects the Central Valley and Silicon Valley via the Altamont Corridor and serves a million commuters per year. The approved Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) builds upon the partnership between the Authority and regional partner SJRRC since 2008. This MOU will allow the SJRRC to focus on near-term improvements to speed up and increase ACE service on the existing tracks and plan for regional service connections to Modesto and Merced. The Authority will remain a partner in the planning process and the long-term goal of tying into the high-speed rail system will continue to inform the planning process.

"The Authority continues to build constructive local partnerships to benefit the communities that will be served by improved rail service in the short term and ultimately connect to the high-speed rail system," said Jeff Morales, CEO of California High-Speed Rail Authority. "The approval of today's agreement will benefit those who travel between the Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley and will help realize our vision of a seamless and integrated rail system throughout the state."

"We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the Authority," said Stacey Mortensen, Executive Director of the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission. "With this signed MOU, we can expedite improvements at the local level while preparing ACE to be an important connecting service to high-speed rail."

To learn more visit the SJRRC website at: http://www.acerail.com/SJRRC/SJRRCBoard.aspx
To learn more visit the Authority's website at: www.hsr.ca.gov

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