Passengers Unsure About New Sacremento Valley Station

According to the Sacramento Bee, passengers are giving mixed reviews about the newly constructed platform at Sacramento Valley Station.  The station was recently subject to a $50 million improvement project, which included a new tunnel, improved lighting and improved tracks.  Unfortunately for passengers, the new platform was also created to make more room for development in the railyard, which translates into an extra block of walking to the new passenger loading platform.  While some passengers are taking positively to the modernized platforms, others feel the new distance is a burden, especially when luggage is involved. Sacramento Valley Station suggests passengers give themselves 8 minutes to reach their departing trains.

A few extra minutes of walking is not ideal, but the $50 million in improvements to Sacramento Valley Station were all for the best of rail passengers.  The improvements to track and future improvements to the railyard will allow for smoother passenger and freight rail travel.  There will always be passengers that resist change, but this should not detract from the overall success of the project.



Nathanael August 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Moving the tracks 8 minutes away from the waiting room was not the smartest move, but UP wanted to move the tracks, so UP got the tracks moved.

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Jim Jordan September 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Again anything that will drive passengers away from using passenger trains. Extra distance to reach a train, no class railway stations that look like airport terminals or shudder “bus stations”. Fifty million dollars is nothing to the UP or BNSF and the idea that it was done to accomodate passengers
is stretching it a lot. The only way that passenger rail service will ever be what it was is to have a goverment mandate that the railroads carry passengers and mail again. Plus stopping highway funding with tax dollars, passenger trains are economical,safe,and ecofriendly and can carry more persons than highways.

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