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  • 12/1 Modesto Bee
    Published Wednesday, December 1, 2004, in the Modesto Bee Light-rail [BATN: sic] commute is closer to reality Modesto to Sacramento, Bay Area gets board s OK
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      Published Wednesday, December 1, 2004, in the Modesto Bee

      Light-rail [BATN: sic] commute is closer to reality
      Modesto to Sacramento, Bay Area gets board's OK

      By Joel Hood
      Bee Staff Writer

      A light-rail commuter train linking Modesto to Sacramento and the
      south Bay Area is a step closer after the Stanislaus County Board
      of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a project plan
      titled "Central Valley Express."

      [BATN: For details on the "Central Valley Express" plan, see:
      <http://www.co.stanislaus.ca.us/BOS/Agenda/2004/20041130/C03.pdf>]

      The proposed rail line would carry an estimated 2,000 to 3,000
      passengers a day on its 95-minute journey between Modesto and
      downtown Sacramento, said Phil Pennino, a consultant working with
      the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission.

      One stop would be Lathrop, and from there passengers could continue
      on toward Sacramento or the South Bay Area.

      The plan calls for future expansion into Turlock and Merced, Pennino
      said.

      "We're to the point now where there is more congestion on Highway 99
      than (Interstate) 5, between the points of Modesto and Sacramento,"
      Pennino said. "It's past time we find a real solution to ease
      traffic congestion."

      In 2001, a study projected a $177.3 million price tag for a service
      offering three round trips between Modesto and San Jose each
      weekday. In August, a similar report included a $44.7 million cost
      for a "starter" plan that would include one daily round trip between
      Modesto and San Jose.

      It's not yet known what the cost would be to Stanislaus County for
      daily service between Modesto and Sacramento.


      Bee staff writer Joel Hood can be reached at 209-238-4574 or
      jhood@...
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