In a recent action, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the transportation planning, funding, and coordinating agency for the nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area, unanimously approved a regional grants 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 priority regional projects 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 providing vital services. .
Following the Commission’s action, Supervisor Miley said, “I am very pleased that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission has voted unanimously to support Valley Link as an identified project for the CIG program, indicating its regional and mega-regional significance.”
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 Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, remarked 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 MTC, 15th District Congressman Eric Swalwell said, “Achieving the region’s economic, environmental, housing and transportation goals requires a a robust and sustainable passenger rail system that will fairly serve our residents and our work. strength with better 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 must support the very workforce that protects us, educates our children and sustains our economy – our public safety workers, our nurses, our teachers and the hard workers in all sectors who are excluded of the very communities they serve.
The comprehensive Valley Link 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 – providing approximately 33,000 daily journeys in 2040. The Initial Operating Segment (IOS) between Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and Mountain House station, including Isabel stations and South Front Road in Livermore, is slated for construction 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 the premier rail system in passengers in California powered by self-produced green hydrogen and a hydrogen fuel production facility capable of supporting other transportation in common. 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.