Valley residents demand rail service, express doubts

February 27, 2015

Faced with growing demand for Amtrak passenger rail service in the Coachella Valley, the Riverside County Transportation Commission asked residents for feedback Thursday evening in Palm Desert on a plan to increase lines to Los Angeles…

Stations in Indio, the mid-valley near Rancho Mirage and the Banning Pass are being considered — as are four private railroad routes west of Colton — with railway officials estimating the project will take seven years to finish…

More riders seeking environmentally friendly travel — coupled with valley population growth and planning for incidents on Interstate 10 that shut the highway down — equal a need for more service, Douglas said…

Read the rest of the story at the Palm Springs Desert Sun, 26 February 2015

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