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Valley Link Rail Project Recognized as Funding Priority

LIVERMORE, CA – On Wednesday, March 23, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the transportation planning, funding, and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, approved at the unanimity a regional grant strategy for major competitive transportation funding programs under the federal bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL).

Led by Alameda County District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley, the Valley Link rail project has been added to the list of regional project priorities for the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, pending the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approval of the Valley Link rail project. in the formal project delivery process for the CIG program.

In her remarks to the Commission, Miley noted that the Valley Link project is a vital and cost-effective passenger rail service that will provide equitable, short-term access to the more than 1.68 million residents of Alameda County – ranked second. most populous county. in Northern California and ranked seventh out of 58 statewide. It will also bring relief to the more than 100,000 Bay Area workers currently living in the northern San Joaquin Valley, commuting daily through the Altamont/I-580 corridor in their cars, including those who provide our services the more vital.

Following the Commission’s action, Supervisor Miley said: “I am very pleased that the Metropolitan Transport Commission has voted unanimously to support Valley Link as an identified project for the CIG program, indicating its regional importance. and megaregional.”

The identification of Valley Link as a regional priority for federal funding under the CIG program has received resounding support through letters and testimonials to MTC from Bay Area business and industry leaders , including East Bay Leadership Council, East Bay Economic Developments Alliance, construction industry. Association and Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group.

Tim Sbranti, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Tri-Valley Leadership Group Innovation, noted that “there is clear and overwhelming regional support for Valley Link, as evidenced by all of the feedback from community leaders, organizations and commissioners. from the MTC, as well as the letter from Congressman Swalwell.”

In a letter of support presented to the MTC, Congressman Swalwell noted, “Meeting the region’s economic, environmental, housing and transportation goals requires a robust passenger rail system and that will equitably serve our residents and workforce with improved access to jobs, educational opportunities and health care facilities. I believe Valley Link is a vital part of this rail system and essential to the future of our region.

Valley Link Deputy Chair and Mayor of Dublin City, Melissa Hernandez, along with other Valley Link Board members, including Alameda County District 1 Supervisor, David Haubert, and City of San Ramon Mayor David Hudson testified at the MTC meeting on behalf of Valley Link. project.

After the meeting, Hernandez said, “I thank Supervisor Miley for her leadership and the Commission for supporting Valley Link as a regional priority for federal funding. To be truly fair, we need to support the workforce the very one who protects us, educates our children and sustains our economy – our public safety workers, our nurses, our teachers and our hard workers in all sectors who are excluded from the very communities they serve.”

The Valley Link comprehensive rail project will provide a new 42-mile, 7-station rail link between Dublin/Pleasanton BART station in Alameda County and North Lathrop Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) station in San Joaquin County with service all day on BART frequencies during peak periods – offering approximately 33,000 daily trips by 2040. The Initial Operating Segment (IOS) between Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and Mountain House station, including Isabel stations and South Front Road in Livermore, expected to be built in 2025.

The Valley Link rail project is also at the forefront of innovation with a vision to be a model of sustainability connecting the Northern California megaregion to California’s first passenger rail system running on self-produced green hydrogen and a hydrogen fuel production facility capable of supporting other mass transit and heavy truck operators. In addition to the use of zero-emission vehicles and green power generation technologies, the sustainability policy adopted by the Valley Link Board identifies implementation strategies to achieve a zero-emissions system through the access to innovation stations.

This includes autonomous electric shuttles, shared mobility and support for alternative vehicle technology from local transit operators.

Additional information about the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority can be found on the Regional Rail Authority’s website at www.valleylinkrail.com

This press release was produced by the Tri-Valley–San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.