Sacramento group proposes new passenger rail service

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — County and municipal leaders between Bakersfield, Calif., and Sacramento are on board for a new passenger service that would connect southern valley cities with Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The trains would serve popular downtown areas with nearby connections to light rail service, while other stations would have direct shuttle bus access to the Sacramento International Airport. The service could begin as early 2020 with one daily train in each direction.

Advocates for the project say the proposed rail service could connect business and political leaders with state offices and local residents with an alternative travel option to the airport.

The current route enters Sacramento from the southeast, while the proposed new route would enter Sacramento from the south with potential station stops at the Sacramento City College, Midtown, North Sacramento suburbs, and the northernmost stop near the airport.

The service would also restore passenger trains to Sacramento’s midtown area, an area that was once a busy destination for passenger trains. The city’s midtown station opened in the early 20th century as a passenger hub for the Western Pacific Railroad.

While the original station is no longer served, Amtrak operates San Joaquin trains twice daily between Sacramento and the San Francisco area, serving Sacramento’s Amtrak depot at Fourth and I streets.

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