April 2017 Was A Good Month For California Rail Passenger Service


By Noel T. Braymer

The California Legislature finally passed a transportation bill which will fund repairs for much of the aging roads around California. With a combination of increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees as much as $52 billion dollars is expected to be raise over the next 10 years. Of this $7 Billion is planned to be spent on improved transit which should include rail projects. A pleasant surprise in the push to pass this transportation bill is an agreement to set aside $400 million dollars to  help fund extending Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) rail service between San Jose and Stockton to first Modesto and Ceres no latter than 2023 and to Merced  no latter than 2027. This would include 6 round trips between Merced and San Jose on ACE. This proposal has been in the works for years, but has been held back due to lack of…

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