Monday, June 2, 2008

Capitol Corridor maintenance challenges

Service for four daily Capitol Corridor trains will be transferred to a bus link between Martinez and Suisun City during June.

Union Pacific Railroad is undertaking a major track maintenance program that involves replacing thousands of railroad ties holding the tracks together. To their credit, they are doing the work in the middle of the day to minimize the disruption during the peak commute hours.

Here's what Capitol said about the work:

Union Pacific will be upgrading track infrastructure (primarily railroad ties & bridges) between Benicia (North of Martinez) and Suisun/Fairfield, installing approximately 40,000 new wood ties at their own expense. This is the second installment of a multi-year track upgrade project between Oakland and Sacramento, which will keep the railroad in good condition so trains can operate reliably.

This construction is expected to last approximately 4 weeks from June 3rd -June 28th, 2008. During the course of the track work, some morning and early afternoon Capitol Corridor trains will not operate between Martinez and Suisun/Fairfield. Instead, connecting buses will carry passengers between those two stations, and trains will operate on the remainder of the route on a modified schedule.

For detailed info from Capitol Corridor about the scheduled work, click here.

This announcement got some pretty good local media play, including a story in the Contra Costa Times.

No comments: