Would you take a train from Palm Springs to LA?

February 26, 2015

Advocates for improved rail service between the Coachella Valley and Los Angeles say it could become reality in as little as two years, if local residents show they will support the project.

Transportation officials are encouraging residents to provide feedback Thursday, during a public meeting that focuses on the long-discussed Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass rail project…

Representatives of Union Pacific Railroad, which owns the tracks, has previously said they would need a huge investment in track improvements in order to accommodate more passenger rail lines.

An engineering firm, HRC Inc., is expected to complete a study this year that may outline specific details, including departure times, station locations and whether rail service is even possible, said Allyn Waggle, CVAG deputy director.

Robert Manning, president of the Southwest Rail Passenger Association, stressed that rail service could benefit Coachella Valley tourism. Often, international travelers fly into Los Angeles International Airport and look for ways to the desert…

Read the rest of the story in The Desert Sun, 25 February 2014.

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