The latest information regarding the ACE Extension Lathrop to Ceres/Merced Project.

ACE Extension Lathrop to Ceres/Merced Final Environmental Impact Report

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), acting as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Extension Lathrop to Ceres/Merced (ACE Extension) project.
The SJRRC Board will consider certification of the EIR and approval of the project on Friday, August 3rd at 8:00 a.m. To view the FEIR and Draft EIR (DEIR)  click here.

About the Project

To enhance commuter and intercity rail service and to promote greater transit connectivity between the San Joaquin Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, SJRRC is proposing to expand ACE service to Ceres and Merced. The ACE Extension contains both Phase I and Phase II improvements that are analyzed in the EIR. The limits of the Phase I improvements span San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties. SJRRC proposes to extend ACE passenger rail service from Lathrop to Ceres in Phase I by constructing and upgrading tracks within the existing Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Fresno Subdivision right-of-way (ROW), a distance of approximately 24 miles. New stations and operating facilities would be constructed in the Lathrop area and along the extension alignment. In Phase II, SJRRC proposes to extend ACE passenger rail service from Ceres to Merced by constructing and upgrading tracks within the existing UPRR Fresno Subdivision ROW, a distance of approximately 34 miles. New stations and operating facilities would be constructed along the extension alignment.
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Open House

SJRRC held an open house to receive comments on the DEIR on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock.

Comment Period

The comment period for the ACE Extension Lathrop to Ceres/Merced project DEIR was April 13, 2018 – May 28, 2018. Comments on the DEIR were made on comment cards provided at the open house and submitted in writing by regular mail or email.

Availability of Draft and Final Environmental Impact

The DEIR and FEIR including the documents referenced in the FEIR and DEIR are available at the following location during normal working hours:
  • SJRRC offices at 949 East Channel Street, Stockton

The FEIR and DEIR are also available at the following locations:

Copies of the DEIR are also available at the following locations:

  • Lathrop Branch Library, 450 Spartan Way, Lathrop

  • Cesar Chavez Central Library, 605 North El Dorado Street, Stockton
  • Manteca Public Library, 320 West Center Street, Manteca
  • Friends of the Ripon Memorial Library, 333 West Main Street, Ripon
  • Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I Street, Modesto
  • Ceres Public Library, 2250 Magnolia Street, Ceres
  • Turlock Public Library, 550 North Minaret Avenue, Turlock
  • Livingston Library, 1212 Main Street, Livingston
  • Atwater Branch Library, 1600 Third Street, Atwater
  • Merced County Library, 2100 O Street, Merced
  • Northside Branch Library, 695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara
  • Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton