American Rail Transportation

Altamont Commuter Express

The Altamont Commuter Express, commonly known as ACE, provides commuter rail service between Stockton and San Jose Calif, Monday thru Friday (except for holidays).

This service uses the former W.P. route over the Altamont pass, which is located west of Tracy Ca, in the coast range mountains.

Prior to 1998 the last passenger service was in March 1970 over this route, when the famed "Calif Zephyr" operated by the Western Pacific Railroad made its last run. Portions of the route also use former Southern Pacific trackage.

Funding for this service is provided by the counties of San Joaquin, Alameda, and Santa Clara under the Authority of the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission

CalTrans also is providing funding for Trains 2 and 7, which are also considered part of the Amtrak San Joaquin Service. This funding became available to relieve some of the mid-day auto congestion while Interstate 205 is being upgraded to additonal lanes in both east and west directions.

Currently stops are made at Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Vasco Road in Livermore, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Great America in Santa Clara, and San Jose.

Pictured above  is train 2 shortly after its 2:15pm arrival from San Jose, at the Ace Station and Headquarters, located in the former Southern Pacific passenger station.   (For a higher resolution view just click here).


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