MH Names Tingle to Rep with New Alameda-San Joaquin Regional Rail Authority
Joint agency to launch January 2018 tasked with creating transit link to Dublin BART
By Bryan Harrison - posted November 22, 2017
Mountain House, CA The November 8, 2017 regular meeting of the Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors featured a major presentation on a bold new initiative.
The November 8, 2017 regular meeting of the Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors featured a major presentation on a bold new initiative.
Michael Tree, Executive Director of the Alameda-San Joaquin Regional Rail Working Group, delivered a detailed presentation on the official formation of the new “Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority”.
Passage into law of Assembly Bill 78 (AB 78) provides for the formation of the new Rail Authority, whose purpose it will be to addresses a specific goal to serve what Mr. Tree called “a tremendous ‘Mega-Region’ transit issue”. In short, the Rail Authority is tasked with creating a commuter link from western San Joaquin Valley to the Dublin BART station.
“There’s 191,000 commuters each day crossing regional boundaries... 40% of them, almost 65,000 cross over the Altamont Pass,” Tree stated.
City of Tracy Mayor Pro Tem, Veronica Vargas, who has been at the forefront of the move to connect BART to the ACE Train system, was on-hand, and spoke briefly to the board, as well. The duo was there to encourage the CSD Board to appoint a representative from Mountain House to the new Rail Authority.
Bernice Tingle, who attended a previous meeting on this development, said she has long been wanting to take part in this sort of activity happening, and would love to be the representative for Mountain House. Board Vice President, Dan Harrison, so moved, with Director Andy Su seconding his motion, and the board voted her in, unanimously.
AB 758 provides for the “newest rail authority in California” which will be active January 1, 2018. The mega-region project costs are estimated at a sum total of $1.78 Billion. The first phase, from West Tracy to Dublin, is estimated at $1.4 Billion. “Alameda County has raised $600 million for the project so far,” with more to come.