BANNING: Rail link to Coachella Valley explored

March 7, 2015

A long-time idea to expand passenger rail service to the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass is picking up speed.

A comprehensive study is underway, with a pair of meetings recently held in Banning and Palm Desert to present the project and get feedback from the public…

Still, planning is in the early stages. It would be several years before the expanded passenger rail service would be operational. And funding would have to be secured. It is estimated the project could cost $150 million to $200 million…

Read the rest of the story, which includes interviews with John Standiford, deputy executive director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, and Banning Mayor Debbie Franklin, in the Riverside Press Enterprise, 6 March 2015.

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