ACE trains stopped for training exercise cause concerns

Tuesday's training for law enforcement set to run all week

If you saw the police and firefighters on the ACE (Altamont Commuter Express) trains Tuesday morning -- don't worry, it's just a training exercise, and it'll be going on all week.

ACE Spokesman Thomas W. Reeves said it's a Transit Safety Administration (TSA) exercise, set to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday.

"Law enforcement, bomb squads, fire departments from all around the valley will be involved," Reeves said. "They're bringing in K-9 units, basically the whole nine yards."

While the ACE trains are stopped on the tracks, Reeves said they shouldn't be blocking any traffic.

In April, ACE conducted a similar training exercise for 120 firefighters in Santa Clara, teaching them equipment operation and how to access it under emergency conditions.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Siena
on Jun 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

So that's what was going on over there. I knew there was no longer a mid-day ACE train, so it didn't make much sense until now.

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Posted by Alfie
a resident of Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks
on Jun 3, 2010 at 8:49 am

Lazy overpaid firefighters and police officers at it again!!! Shame

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Posted by Henry
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Alfie, your comment is absurd. They are training so when something happens, they will be able to save your sorry ass! They are overpaid because the job may cost them their life. Your the shame.

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