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Dumbarton Rail Corridor Policy Committee 2005
Maps of proposed Dumbarton rail service
Pictures of Dumbarton rail bridge
Dumbarton rail advocate Jim Bigelow wins MTC Award of Merit
November 2005 article on Dumbarton rail alternatives
Sept. 2001 article on Dumbarton rail
BayRail Alliance supports the Caltrain Dumbarton Rail Project

Caltrain's proposed Dumbarton bridge rail service will connect Fremont, Newark, Union City, and other East Bay cities to the Peninsula via the Dumbarton rail bridge.
Download the Summary of the Dumbarton Rail Corridor Study Report, May 2004 (1.3M PDF)

The rail bridge is located just south of where Highway 84 crosses the Bay. No date has been set for when service will begin, although much of the needed funding is now in place. The rail line connects to the Caltrain mainline just south of Woodside Road in Redwood City. Proposed transbay trains would connect to Caltrain in the West Bay, and would connect directly to ACE and Amtrak's Capitol trains in Fremont. At its February 2001 meeting, the Caltrain Joint Powers Board voted unanimously that Caltrain serve as the operator for the Dumbarton rail service, provided that other agencies cover all the funding for fixing the rail bridge and tracks, and for operating the trains.

The 1999 Dumbarton Rail Corridor study by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority proposed that six trains originate in Union City during the AM commute and return in the PM. Under this proposal, half of these trains would serve the Redwood City-Millbrae portion of the Caltrain line, and half would serve the Atherton-San Jose portion. Some officials recently have recommended that Dumbarton-north Peninsula trains continue all the way to San Francisco.

In early 2000 a bill sponsored by State Senators Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) and Byron Sher (D-Palo Alto), included funding for proposed Dumbarton commuter rail from the Stockton-Pleasanton ACE route. The bill's sponsors suggested that these trains could be running as early as 2003. This legislative action led to the establishment of Caltrain's Baby Bullet service in 2004. However, funding for Dumbarton rail was removed from the bill before the bill was approved by the Transportation Committee.

Recent Developments

2004 Mar. Voters in six Bay Area counties approve Regional Measure 2, which will provide key funding for Dumbarton Rail service, including both capital and operations costs.

2001 Feb. Caltrain agrees to operate the Dumbarton Rail service.

2000 Nov. Santa Clara County Voters Pass Measure A. $40M is allocated to Dumbarton Rail

1994. Dumbarton Rail Idea is proposed when SamTrans purchases the old rail bridge from Southern Pacific for $6M.

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