Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority

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Valley Link
Overview
TypeCommuter rail
StatusIn planning
LocaleTri-Valley / San Joaquin County
TerminiDublin/Pleasanton station
North Lathrop station
Robert J. Cabral Station (planned)
Stations7 (+1 planned)
Services1
Websitehttps://www.acetobart.org/
Operation
Planned openingQ3 2026 (2026)
OwnerTri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority
Depot(s)Hansen Road Operations and Maintenance Facility
Rolling stockElectro-diesel multiple unit
Technical
Line length41 mi (66 km)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map

Stockton
Phase 2
Phase 1
North Lathrop
Altamont Corridor Express
River Islands
Tracy Transit Station
Ellis Historical Station
(option)
Mountain House
San Joaquin County
Alameda County
Greenville Road
Altamont Corridor Express
Isabel Avenue
Dublin/Pleasanton
Bay Area Rapid Transit

The Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority is a special-purpose district body formed for the sole purpose of providing a public transit connection between the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Altamont Corridor Express services.[1]

History[edit]

The First Transcontinental Railroad right of way through the Tri-Valley was deeded to Alameda County by Southern Pacific Railroad in 1984. Altamont Commuter Express commuter rail service began between Stockton and San Jose in 1998 using the Union Pacific right of way over Altamont Pass.

A similar plan to run diesel multiple unit trains across Altamont Pass was proposed by BART in 2003, though it comprised a larger service area (continuing north along the Iron Horse Regional Trail).[2]

In 2017, citing lack of interest in bringing BART service directly to Livermore from the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, the Livermore City Council proposed a newly established local entity to undertake planning and construction of the extension,[3] which was also recommended by the California State Assembly Transportation Committee.[4] Assembly Bill 758 was signed by Governor of California Jerry Brown on October 13, 2017,[1] formally establishing the Authority.

On May 24, 2018, the BART board voted against a full rapid transit BART build or a bus rapid transit system to extend service east from Dublin/Pleasanton station.[5]

A feasibility study was released in July 2019.[6] The buildout cost to North Lathrop was estimated at $1.8 billion, with an expected annual operating cost of $26.7 million by 2025.[7]

Rail service[edit]

Valley Link is a plan to utilize diesel multiple units or electric multiple units along the former First Transcontinental Railroad right-of-way through the Altamont Pass and in the Interstate 580 median through the city of Livermore. Trains would initially run from River Islands at Lathrop to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station with stops in the Tracy area and potential transfer stations with ACE at Greenville Road in Livermore and North Lathrop.[8] Weekday service would connect to every other BART train at Dublin/Pleasanton.[9]

The developer of River Islands has offered to cover the cost of station construction in exchange for the ability to build a transit village at the site.[10]

In 2018, Stadler met with the governing board to discuss traction sources; diesel multiple unit or diesel / battery electric hybrid vehicles will likely serve the route. AECOM was contracted to perform a feasibility study for the project that same year.[11]

Funding[edit]

Funds previously allocated to BART to construct a Livermore extension were forfeited to this authority by July 1, 2018,[5] amounting to at least $145 million.[5] Funding for the feasibility study was provided variously by Caltrans, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the San Joaquin County Council of Governments.[11] By February 2019, more than $588 million had been accumulated for the project.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AB-758 Transportation: Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority". Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Cabanatuan, Michael (June 13, 2003). "BART ponders eastern extensions / Planned routes call for unfamiliar trains". SF Gate.
  3. ^ Angela Ruggiero, Angela Ruggiero (April 11, 2017). "Livermore says BART board doesn't care, wants local control". Vallejo Times-Herald. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Matthews, Sam (April 28, 2017). "Closer to a BART connection". Tracy Press. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Baldassari, Erin (May 24, 2018). "BART rejects Livermore expansion; mayor vows rail connection". East Bay Times. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Valley Link Feasibility Report" (PDF). TVSJRRA. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "San Joaquin rail authority releases feasibility study for Valley Link". Progressive Railroading. July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Matthews, Sam (July 27, 2018). "Light rail system selects downtown station". Tracy Press. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Project Concept". ACE to BART. Tri-Valley - San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Wyatt, Dennis (June 23, 2018). "VALLEY'S 1ST TRANSIT VILLAGE?". Mantecca Bulletin. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  11. ^ a b McNicoll, Ron (June 21, 2018). "Rail to BART Completes Study Funding". The Independent. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Matthews, Sam (February 15, 2019). "High-speed rail bombshell may be good news for Valley Link". Tracy Press. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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