Stanislaus Co. seeks Modesto/Sac'to ACE extension
- 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."
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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
"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
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