$10.1 Million Approved for Valley Link Rail Project

At their September 26 meeting, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Board unanimously approved an allocation of $10.1 million to the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority to complete environmental work and initial design of Valley Link, a rail service being planned to conveniently connect San Joaquin Valley communities with the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, including connections with the ACE rail system. MTC Vice-Chair and Regional Rail Authority Chair Scott Haggerty remarked “This action is about connecting people with housing and jobs. It’s about improving our economy and protecting the environment.”

Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas of Tracy, who serves as the Vice Chair of the Regional Rail Authority, commented “MTC’s decision demonstrates the megaregional approach that is being taken by agencies on both sides of the Altamont Pass to keep Valley Link rail service on track for a potential start date in 2024.

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