Tracy is the second most populated city in San Joaquin County. Tracy is located inside a geographic triangle formed by Interstate 205 on the north side of the city, Interstate 5 to the east, and Interstate 580 to the southwest; this has given rise to Tracy's motto, now recorded on the city's website: "Think Inside the Triangle".
In 1869 the Central Pacific Railroad (now Southern Pacific) completed a rail line through the area which is now known as Tracy. The rail line ran from Sacramento through Stockton then over the Altamont Pass and then by ferry service to San Francisco. Shortly after the line was built, a new town sprung up nine miles from Stockton and became known as Lathrop Junction. Lathrop consisted of a roundhouse, railroad shops, yards and hotels for feeding railroad employees. The community became the center of railroad business and the headquarters for the Central Pacific Railroad in the San Joaquin Valley.
Downtown Tracy is attractive and vibrant, home to countless shops, restaurants and stores it combines historic charm with contemporary interest.
Visitors shouldn’t miss this historical and architectural landmark: The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. It provides arts and entertainment programming for families, adults and children. There are performances and exhibits of both fine and popular arts, musical concerts, theatre and dance performances, festivals, films, and lectures. It contains a 37,000 square foot visual and performing arts center, 560 seat proscenium theatre, 110 seat studio theatre, dance studio, music studios, complete ceramics studio and children’s art space. It also contains meeting rooms and event hosting facilities suitable for any occasion.
It’s easy to get around inside the triangle. Tracy’s extensive public and private transportation service includes bus, rail and taxi services operating in the local and wider regional area. Riders enjoy convenient, affordable and safe service available on both fixed and flexible routes. Tracy also has a small and growing airport utilized by business and private travelers.
The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) provides easy access to Silicon Valley and the Livermore/Almaden Valley with four round-trip trains daily between Stockton and San Jose. Four trains depart from Stockton in the morning and four from San Jose return in the evening. The ACE stops in Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, and Santa Clara and terminates at the San Jose Diridon Station, where a connection can be made to Caltrain, Amtrak, and Santa Clara Transit. The Tracy ACE station is located at Tracy Boulevard and Linne Road.
Tri-Valley - San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority (ACE to BART Project) is an important project that will connect Northern San Joaquin County communities to the Tri-Valley and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) through frequent and fast EMU/DMU rail service via the route of the historic Transcontinental Railroad right-of-way though the Altamont Pass. This approximately 12-mile, abandoned right-of-way, deeded to Alameda County by Southern Pacific in 1984, provides an unprecedented opportunity to deliver a fast and efficient inter-regional rail service - connecting the Northern California Megaregion workforce to affordable housing and providing much-needed congestion relief in one of the Bay Area's most congested corridors.