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New California Rail Authority Holds Inaugural Meeting

At its inaugural meeting Jan. 17 in Livermore, CA, the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority Board of Directors elected Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty its chair and Tracy Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas vice chair.

The California Legislature created the authority in 2017 to plan, develop and deliver cost-effective connectivity between San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) heavy rail and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) commuter rail. The authority is to provide a project feasibility report to the public on the plans for the development and implementation of transit connectivity no later than July 1, 2019.

As an Alameda County supervisor who has spent the past 22 years on both sides of the Altamont Pass—for the BART extension and as a member of the ACE board—this is a very important day,” Haggerty said. “We have members of jurisdictions on both sides of the Altamont Pass sitting down today as partners to collaboratively solve what has become a transportation crisis in the I-580 Corridor.”

Also at the meeting, the board designated Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) Executive Director Michael Tree to serve as executive director and secretary for the new rail authority and adopted a work program, project timeline and 18-month budget.

Board members are appointed by the authority’s 15 member agencies, including nine municipalities, two counties, the Mountain House Community Services District and LAVTA, BART and ACE.
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