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Monterey County Rail Extension Project Salinas to Gilroy

Postby Jeff Smith » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:41 pm

Didn't see a topic on this; if there is one, please let me know: kion546.com

I was stationed at DLI in Monterey years ago, I'd love this.

They use a stock Amtrak photo in the article, but I have to assume this is a CalTrans project? Or not?

Monterey County Rail Extension project underway

SALINAS, Calif. - The long-awaited Monterey County Rail Extension Project between Santa Clara County and Salinas is finally underway.
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Once the project is completed, there will be two morning and two evening trains between Salinas and Gilroy, perfect for folks making the commute. There are also passenger lines from Gilroy to San Jose.

"People can work in the Bay Area and other places and hop on a train and come home to Salinas," said Paul Farmer, CEO of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce.
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The $81 million project is being paid for with state funds, including the so-called gas tax.

There are also plans to build additional stations in Pajaro for those in Santa Cruz County or North Monterey County who don’t want to drive to Salinas. There’s also plans for one in Castroville, where folks can connect to the Monterey Peninsula.
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Re: Monterey County Rail Extension Project Salinas to Gilroy

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:09 pm

Initially, Caltrain will provide the service below Gilroy but eventually, Caltrans will enable Amtrak to extend the Capitol Corridor out to Salinas. It's not the first time there have been passenger rail studies to the Salinas Valley region from the Bay Area. I don't think the trains will just run between Salinas and Gilroy. I think they will be extended to San Jose and even San Francisco.
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