California Department of Transportation
Date: June 29 2015
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060
Caltrans Transfers Management of Intercity San Joaquin, Surfliner Routes
SACRAMENTO – Caltrans on Monday transferred the management of intercity rail services for the San Joaquin and LOSSAN (Pacific Surfliner) corridors to two Joint Powers Authorities (JPA), similar to the current management structure the State has with the popular Capitol Corridor route.
Monday’s signing by Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty and JPA executive directors and board chairs completes the requirements of the bills that authorize Caltrans to enter into interagency transfer agreements between the State of California and the LOSSAN Agency (Pacific Surfliner) and San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority. The agreements become effective July 1.
“This transfer represents a great partnership between local agencies and Caltrans and offers an opportunity for greater integration and more efficiency and lowers costs for all users,” Dougherty said. “The end result will be furthering our goal of developing a multimodal system that provides reliable and accessible mobility for travelers.”
SB 1225, Padilla (2012), authorized an interagency transfer agreement for the LOSSAN Corridor – the intercity passenger rail corridor between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo to the LOSSAN Agency. AB 1779, Galgiani (2012), authorized an interagency transfer agreement for the San Joaquin Intercity Rail Corridor – the intercity passenger rail corridor between Sacramento, Oakland, Bakersfield and Los Angeles - covers the initial three-year period after the transfer, and authorizes subsequent extensions by mutual agreement. The bill also provided for the creation of the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority.
“This agreement is about engaging our local transportation partners in building a more integrated, statewide transportation system that links to revolutionary investments, such as California high-speed rail,” said California Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “Through this partnership, our local partners are showing leadership in supporting transportation integration, which paves the way for a viable public transportation option for traveling between regions of the state.”
The transfer comes during a period of substantial change and transformation in California’s transportation investments. The State of California recognizes the benefits in regional management of intercity rail services that are connected to local communities and riders; the State is also now focused on making transportation investments that will weave our regional and intercity transportation assets together into an integrated, multimodal system statewide.
Caltrans will provide oversight and will continue funding these two corridors with an estimated investment of $ 98.9 million annually.
Merced County Supervisor and San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority Chairman John Pedrozo signs interagency transfer agreements for the San Joaquin corridor as state Senator Cathleen Galgiani looks on. (Photo Courtesy of Caltrans)
Former Burbank mayor and chairman of the LOSSAN (Los Angeles/San Diego/San Luis Obispo) Rail Corridor Agency Dave Golonski and Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty sign interagency transfer agreements handing operations of the Pacific Surfliner rail route to the LOSSAN Agency. (Photo courtesy of Caltrans)