Community members line up to voice support for rail expansion at public hearing

August 23, 2015

Expansion of rail services from the Bay Area into the Central Valley received overwhelming support from local legislators, transportation agencies and the public during a special Modesto meeting on Friday of the Assembly Select Committee on Rail.

Assembly member Adam Gray hosted the public hearing and Senator Cathleen Galgiani (Stockton), Senator Anthony Cannella (Ceres) and Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen (Modesto) gathered alongside Gray to discuss expansion plans for the San Joaquin Intercity Passenger Rail Service (Amtrak) and the Altamont Corridor Express Rail service and listen to testimonials from county supervisors and interested parties throughout the area—including Bay Area commuters.

Discussion about expansion of the ACE train not only included extended opportunities for leisure travel, like to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, home to the 49ers, but also how ACE train service in the Valley improve air quality, create jobs, promote private investment and provide key connections to future high-speed rail services.

“I’m a big supporter of these services, and it is so important to our entire community,” Olsen said. “I am personally invested in seeing this project come to fruition… improving and expanding our existing transit and rail services just makes sense.”

Support for the expansion project is crucial as that directly correlates with the funding needed to move forward.  Some of the goals for the ACE train expansion include improving connectivity with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).  It also aims to run more frequent trains that will be more reliable, safer and faster, and support regional and state sustainability goals by placing new stations in existing downtown areas.

Read the full story from reporter Natalie Winters in the Turlock Journal by clicking here.


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