The Valley Link rail project has been added to the list of regional priorities for funding from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTA) under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Addressing the commission meeting in March, Alameda County District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley noted that the proposed Valley Link project would provide access to passenger rail service to more than 1.68 million residents. of Alameda County, the second most populous county in Northern California.
Miley added that the project would also bring relief to more than 100,000 Bay Area workers who live in the northern San Joaquin Valley and who now commute by car through the Altamont/I-580 corridor.
The identification of Valley Link as a regional priority for funding under the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program of the Federal Infrastructure Act has also received support from business and industry leaders. of the Bay Area, including the East Bay Leadership Council, East Bay Economic Developments Alliance, Building Industry Association, and Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group.
CIF funding for the Valley Link project has yet to be approved by the Federal Transit Administration.
The proposal, currently in the design phase, calls for a 42-mile rail line with seven commuter stations linking the Dublin/Pleasanton Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in Alameda County and the North Lathrop Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) station ) in San County of Joaquín.
The initial operating segment between Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and Mountain House station, including Isabel and South Front Road stations in Livermore, is scheduled for construction in 2025.