1 Welcome to the Public Scoping Meeting! Bienvenidos a la Reunión de Alcance para el Público! We welcome you to the public scoping meeting for the ACEforward program This is an Open House with topic stations on ACE, ACEforward planning, and the Environmental Review Process. Please sign in, visit the stations, and feel free to ask questions. Staff is available at every station for conversation about the different topics of the ACEforward program. Spanish speaking translators are present. Thank you for coming! Bienvenidos a la Reunión de Alcance para el Público para el programma ACEforward. Esta Reunión tendrá estaciones con diferentes temas sobre el ACE, planificación de ACEforward y el proceso de Evaluación del medio ambiente. Por favor registrase, visite las estaciones, y siéntase cómodo haciendo preguntas. Personal está disponible en cada estación para hablar sobre los diferentes temas del ACEforward. Traductores que hablan Español están disponibles Hablamos Español. Gracias por venir! Everything in life depends on a good connection.
2 Vision For The Future Goals/ Objectives for 2018 and Improve the existing ACE service between Stockton and San Jose with added frequencies, reduced travel time, and improved service reliability. Current, Extend service to additional Central Valley communities downtown Modesto in the near term and downtown Merced subsequently 3. Integrate ACE into a unified northern California Rail service extending to and connecting with the high-speed rail system 5-Year Plan Year Plan Provide connectivity and accessibility to Oakland and Oakland International Airport; maximize intermodal connections with other rail services including BART 5. Enhance the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley and Bay Area by providing an alternative to the automobile to relieve congestion along I-580, I-680, I-205 and SR-99 and reduce greenhouse gases Planning Principles Make improvements to existing route shared with freight traffic to provide cost-effective solutions to enhance and expand service Identify a menu of improvements and phase investments over time to allow for continual improvement Develop new dedicated passenger corridor and/or track where feasible and cost-effective Support emerging smart communities strategies in the San Joaquin Valley by developing downtown stations Maximize opportunities for connectivity to rail and other public transport modes
3 Schedule and Key Dates ACEforward Schedule until 2018 Project Inception P&N,NOP/NOI Outreach/Stakeholder Coordination/Management Services Project Definition Alternatives Analysis/Phasing Plan Small Scale, Near term Projects Track 1A Safety & Operational Improvements Track 1B Sidings w/in R O W Track 1C Grade Separations Medium Scale, Mid term Projects Track 2A Station Improvments Improvements Track 2B Siding Improvements w/new R/W Track 2C Extension to Modesto Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Key Preliminary Design & Environmental Design & Permits Construction ACEforward Work Product & Dates 2013/2014 NOI/NOP Release Scoping Period Scoping Report Stakeholder and Public Outreach Revised Purpose and Need Corridor Phasing Plan Alternatives Analysis Rail Operations and Simulation Analysis Ridership and Revenue & Benefits Analysis Conceptual Footprint Definitions Service Development Planning Begin Environmental Analysis for Draft EIS/EIR Begin 15% Preliminary Engineering Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun
4 ACE Today Fun ACE facts Current Service Area 4 round trip trains serving from Stockton to San Jose 4 trains in AM Westbound, 4 in PM Eastbound safely transports over a million passengers per year removed over 593,750 cars and 53,437,500 Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) from the highways in 2012 reduced 46,000,000 lbs/ 20, MT CO 2 in 2012 Diesel Locomotive Current, 2013 Equipment and Amenities One locomotive per 4-8 coaches Top speed 79 mph Bike cars with 14 bike stalls Tables with power outlets Wheelchair accessible Each train to have wifi service this year ACE versus Car Relax or work in comfort on ACE versus sit in traffic Socialize with fellow passengers Stress-free commuting Who pays for ACE? 2013/2014 Funding Sources 16.56% 3.77% 3.57% 2.63% 3.65% Total funds: $17,035, % ACE Car (Peak) ACE Car (Peak) ACE Car (Peak) ACE From/To Stockton Stockton Lathrop Lathrop Pleasanton Pleasanton Lathrop 0:24 0:20 Pleasanton 1:13 1:35 0:55 1:20 1:58 2:10 1:34 1:55 0:39 0:50 Car (Peak) Amercia San Jose 2:12 2:05 1:48 1:50 0:53 0:45 0:14 0:20 CAR (Peak) = congested drive times are typical trips made in the peak 15-minute period of a midweek commute. However, congestion impacts can cause wide variability, often resulting in greater travel times % Fare Revenues San Joaquin County Measure K Santa Clara VTA Local ACTC Measure B Local 14.12% STA Funds (SJCOG & MTC) Local Transportation Funds Federal Section 5307 Other
5 ACEforward More Reliable, Safer, Faster, and Nicer Each train will have wifi and Cafe/ food service! (As early as 2014!) New trains with top speed of mph, a streamlined route, and safety improvements such as separate grade crossings, will translate into improved travel time New equipment s performance would not be affected by train length ACEforward 2018/2022 Potential Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) Expanding ACE service will keep cars from clogging the increasingly burdened roadways and will help keep our skies blue: Upping ACE service to 6 round-trip trains translates to a 50% increase in capacity which is expected to be million riders a year by : approx. 69,000,000 lbs or 34,500 MT CO 2 not emitted 10 round-trip trains to serve ACE = 150% increase in capacity expected to be million riders a year by : approx. 115,000,000 lbs or 57,400 MT CO 2 not emitted ACEforward projected Riding Times ACEforward ACE ACEforward ACE ACEforward ACE ACEforward ACE ACEforward From/ To Merced Turlock Modesto Stockton Stockton Turlock 0:30 Modesto 0:45 0:15 Stockton 1:30 1:00 0:45 Lathrop/ Manteca 1:10 0:40 0:25 0:24 0:20 Lathrop/ Manteca Lathrop/ Manteca Pleasanton 1:55 1:25 1:10 1:13 1:05 0:55 0:45 Pleasanton Pleasanton 2:25 1:55 1:40 1:58 1:35 1:34 1:15 0:39 0:30 San Jose 2:35 2:05 1:50 2:12 1:45 1:48 1:25 0:53 0:40 0:14 0:10 ACEforward times in italics are estimates rounded to the nearest 5 minutes, assuming a 20% reduction in travel times throughout the existing corridor; however, improvements may only be realized in portions of the corridor. The extension to Modesto and Merced assumes a 50-mph travel speed on new track within the existing UPRR Fresno Subdivision right-of-way. Everything in life depends on a good connection.
6 Improvement Examples Siding extensions accommodate longer freight trains, allowing ACE to pass by on the main track (such as on the right) without delay ACEforward improvements will address pinch points such as this one in the Alviso wetlands, where tracks are shared with two Amtrak lines and freight operations With sidings and double tracking, ACE can pass other trains keeping ACE on time and allowing for an expanded schedule Station improvements will expand capacity and enhance passenger amenities Trackwork modifications or new alignments are proposed to replace track sections with tight curves that slow ACE down Grade separations such as this one in Livermore will allow ACE to operate at faster speeds and remove delays to crossing traffic, while offering safety and noise reduction benefits
7 Comment Station Your input is important to us! Please provide your scoping comments On the ACEforward program via comment card or via the website. Please Comment The comment period is from June 24, 2013 until August 16, If received by August 16, 2013, your comments will be reviewed and incorporated, as appropriate, into the planning process. Thank you for coming! Su opinión es muy importante para nosotros! Por favor proporciona sus comentarios sobre el Anteproyecto del programme ACEforward por medio de una tarjeta de comento o por la página web. El periodo comentario es del 24 de junio hasta el 11 de agosto del Por favor haga un Comentario. Si se reciben los comentarios el 16 de agosto del 2013, se revisaran y serán integrados, según apropiado, en el planificación de ACEforward y el proceso de Evaluación del medio ambiente. Gracias por venir! Everything in life depends on a good connection.