Oakland Maintenance Facility
AMTRAK BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART
Oakland, CA -- Amtrak and the State of California broke ground on Thursday, November 14, 2002, for a new, jointly funded $65-million state-of-the-art maintenance facility in Oakland, California. The new maintenance facility, replacing the current 1916-era facility will provide superior working conditions and enable employees to better maintain, repair, service and inspect trains, improving efficiency and allowing for the continued growth of passenger rail service in California.
"This new maintenance facility will bring more efficient service to passenger rail travelers and improve conditions for our employees," said David L. Gunn, Amtrak's President and CEO. "Investments like this symbolize Amtrak's commitment to the future of passenger rail both in the state of California and throughout the nation."
This investment represents another example of Amtrak's successful partnership with the state of California to improve passenger rail services. As part of the joint capital investment, Amtrak has committed $27 million toward construction of the facility, while the state of California will invest $38 million.
"California is one of Amtrak's strongest partners and has a deep business interest in ensuring that the maintenance of the state-owned equipment is first-rate," said Warren Weber, Manager of the California DOT Rail Program. "The state invested funds in the new Amtrak Oakland maintenance facility to protect the states' investment in train equipment and build upon the success of passenger rail service in California."
The new 22-acre facility will occupy former railroad property and include a main shop and a service and inspection area. It will be equipped for service, maintenance, inspection and repair and train washing. The new facility will allow improved conditions for existing and new functions.
It will be located 1,500 feet from Amtrak's existing maintenance facility in West Oakland.
The new Oakland Maintenance Facility will have a positive economic impact on the surrounding area by adding approximately 200 jobs to Oakland's job base. In addition, the facility will have the capacity to meet future demand as both the state-supported San Joaquin and Capitol Corridor services continue to grow.
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The ground breaking ceremony was held at Third and Union Streets in West Oakland at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 2002.
The new maintenance facility will provide superior working conditions and enable employees to better maintain, repair, service and inspect trains, improving efficiency and allowing for the continued growth of passenger rail service in California.