Project History



As the economy has begun to recover, traffic congestion patterns are beginning to return to their pre-2008 levels. The need to reduce impacts on the environment and economic costs of traffic congestion is more critical now than ever. California transportation agencies, both on the State and regional level, have recognized the importance of expanding passenger rail services as an alternative to automobile transportation. The development and growth of both transit and intercity rail programs continue to be priorities in the State’s transportation planning agenda.


The purpose of the project is to expand Capitol Corridor service between Sacramento and Roseville from its current single daily round trip (two trains per day) to up to 10 daily round trips (20 trains total), while preserving current freight operations and reliability within the corridor.


To maintain the on-going safety and viability of UPRR’s freight services while increasing Capitol Corridor passenger service, infrastructure improvements will be required along the 17.8 mile corridor connecting Sacramento to Roseville.

1. Construction of a third mainline track along the north side of the existing two-track mainline
2. Modifications to the existing Roseville station to maintain freight operations at the Roseville railyard include the construction of a second passenger platform and a layover facility just northeast of the station

1. New structures within the existing UPRR right-of-way
2. Placement of new rail, ties, switches, turnouts and crossovers
3. New signals
4. Utility relocation
5. Retaining walls, crash walls


The proposed alignment will be environmentally analyzed and cleared as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to identify all impacts and establish clear mitigations prior to moving forward. The NEPA lead agency is the Federal Railroad Administration and the CEQA lead agency is CCJPA. The environmental analysis kicked off in summer 2014 and is anticipated to be completed by fall 2015. Click here to learn about the public environmental scoping period and details about the public scoping meetings.


The preliminary cost to construct the Third Main Track Project is approximately $225 million; however, the funding strategy is still in progress. The CCJPA will use a number of different funding sources to construct the project. These include local and regional sources, cap-n-trade, STIP and HSR bond (feeder service funds).


Schedule 7-28-15