Toks Omishakin, California’s Secretary of Transportation, cuts the ribbon to launch a new Central Valley to NorCal train service

On March 6, California Secretary of Transportation Toks Omishakin, along with other state leaders, unveiled a cutting-edge train service called the San Joaquin’s line. This innovative service connects Bakersfield and Oakland, with an additional route leading to Sacramento.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in Stockton at a regional maintenance facility for trains.

In collaboration with Amtrak, the train service has introduced its first line, which is one of seven planned routes. This particular line will operate five daily round trips from the Central Valley to the Bay Area. CalTrans has stated that the remaining six trains will be launched by the end of the year.

Omikshakin expressed his enthusiasm for the new trains, stating that they are a significant improvement in passenger experience. He also highlighted the economic benefits they bring to the region, as they have been manufactured in California.

“He continued, emphasizing that these actions demonstrate our dedication to addressing climate change and enhancing the transportation infrastructure for the benefit of all Californians.”

Siemens, a German company, constructed the trains at their Sacramento plant.

“These trains were specifically designed to cater to the needs of Californians,” stated Michael Cahill, Siemen’s president for rolling stock in North America. “They establish a groundbreaking benchmark for passenger travel, ensuring seamless accessibility from start to finish.”

According to Caltrans Director Tony Tavares, the train line serves as the cornerstone of California’s regional transportation network.

According to Tavares, “Our top priority is to offer our riders the best service, equipment, and amenities possible. These state-of-the-art Venture Rail Cars represent a significant step towards enhancing the overall rider experience, ensuring utmost comfort and reliability.”

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