Con­tract Awarded

Escalon Times - - NEWS -

Siemens Charger diese­l­elec­tric lo­co­mo­tives will power more ca­pac­ity on the grow­ing Al­ta­mont Cor­ri­dor Ex­press (ACE) ser­vice.

The San Joaquin Re­gional Rail Com­mis­sion (SJRRC) has awarded Siemens a con­tract to build four diese­l­elec­tric Charger lo­co­mo­tives with an op­tion to pur­chase four more. The lo­co­mo­tives will ser­vice the Al­ta­mont Cor­ri­dor Ex­press (ACE), a grow­ing com­muter rail ser­vice that cur­rently runs four daily round trips from Stock­ton to San Jose, with fu­ture planned ex­ten­sions to Ceres, Modesto and Sacra­mento. De­liv­ery of the ve­hi­cles will be­gin De­cem­ber 2019.

“Our ser­vice is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary this year, and we are proud of the im­por­tant part that this line has played in de­vel­op­ing a strong, sus­tain­able link be­tween Stock­ton and the greater Bay Area,” said Steve Dresser, Chair, SJRRC Board of Direc­tors. “With this an­nounce­ment, we will be tak­ing even more cars off the road, and pro­vid­ing a qui­eter, smoother ride for our grow­ing num­ber of pas­sen­gers.”

Start­ing with just two daily round trips in 1998, ACE rail is now car­ry­ing 1.3 mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally. The new lo­co­mo­tives will be able to pull 10-car trains, a 43 per­cent in­crease from the cur­rent ca­pac­ity of seven cars. Us­ing the QSK95 Cum­mins en­gine, they will also pro­vide a 16 per­cent im­prove­ment in fuel ef­fi­ciency over the ex­ist­ing SJRRC lo­co­mo­tives. Im­por­tantly, com­par­ing the fuel con­sump­tion of a fully-seated ACE com­muter train to two-per­son car travel, trav­el­ing by train re­sults in a 90 per­cent re­duc­tion in green­house gas emis­sions.

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