Weekly Altamont Corridor Express rail service on Saturdays to San Jose will happen.
ACE on Friday was awarded a grant from the California State Transportation Agency to launch Saturday service.
Adding a Saturday train to travel to San Jose and Santa Clara or to make transit connections to reach San Francisco has been the No. 1 request of current ACE riders.
The funding is coming from Senate Bill 1 that imposed a 12 cent increase in the gas tax and placed a new fee on vehicle registrations starting this year that will cost drivers between $25 and $175 depending upon the value of vehicles.
It is the same legislation that is funding the extension of ACE service to Ceres by 2023 that will include stops in downtown Manteca, Ripon, and Modesto.
“Our efforts are focused on offering a service that meets the needs expressed by our passengers, so that more people choose to take the trains. Thanks to SB 1, this has been made possible,” said Stacey Mortensen, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission Executive Director.
Bay Area freeway congestion on weekends in some ways is worse than during work days. Workday congestion centers around the morning and afternoon commutes while on Saturdays and Sundays it can happen throughout the day spending upon events.
Besides being able to connect the Bay Area’s high profile bus, rail and BART transit systems, several ACE station are within easy walking distance of leisure destinations such as the San Jose Diridon Station.
Details are not yet available as to when the Saturday service will start, the hours it will run and if pricing will remain the same as for weekday tickets.
ACE now serves over a million riders a year on four daily morning commute trains to San Jose from Stockton plus return trips in the afternoon and early evening.
A single purchase round-trip ticket from the Lathrop-Manteca station to San Jose for Monday through Friday service is $24.50. For more details on ACE service go to www.acerail.com