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Rail Agency Seeks Input On Plan
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The San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) is seeking input on its Draft Business Plan from agencies, organizations, and members of the public.

In order to assume administrative responsibilities of the San Joaquin intercity passenger rail service, the SJJPA must approve a Business Plan to be included and referenced as part of the Interagency Transfer Agreement (ITA) with the State of California. It is expected that the ITA will be completed and signed by Dec. 31, 2014.

The Draft SJJPA Business Plan includes a report on recent and historical performance of the San Joaquin service; an overall operating plan, including proposed service enhancements; short- and long-term capital improvement programs; funding requirements for the upcoming fiscal year; and an action plan with specific performance goals and objectives. The SJJPA Business Plan will be consistent with the 2013 State Rail Plan, developed by Caltrans Division of Rail (DOR), and the 2014 California High-Speed Rail Authority Business Plan.

Five public meetings will be held on the SJJPA Draft Business Plan during the public comment period. The meetings will include Spanish participation options.

The public meetings will be held in the following dates/locations/times:

May 14: Contra Costa Transportation Authority, 2999 Oak Road, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

May 22: Kern COG, 1401 19th St., Suite 300, Bakersfield, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

May 27: Fresno COG, 2035 Tulare St., Suite 201, Fresno, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

May 28: StanCOG, 1111 I St., Suite 308, Modesto, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

May 29: Historic Sacramento City Hall Council Chambers, 915 I St., Sacramento, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Written comments on the Draft Business Plan should be submitted to the SJJPA by June 9. Submit written comments to: Dan Leavitt, Manager of Regional Initiatives at or 949 East Channel Street, Stockton, CA 95202.

The SJJPA Board will discuss and may approve the Revised Draft Business Plan at its June 27, 2014 Board Meeting to be held in Sacramento (Historic City Hall, Council Chambers 915 I St.) at 2 p.m. Prior to taking action on the Business Plan at the meeting there will be an opportunity for public comment on the Draft Business Plan.

The SJJPA Draft Business Plan and more information about the SJJPA is available on the SJJPA’s webpage at:

SJJPA Member Agencies include Alameda County, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Fresno Council of Governments, Kings County Association of Governments, Madera County Transportation Commission, Merced County Association of Governments, Sacramento Regional Transit, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, Stanislaus Council of Governments, and Tulare County Association of Governments.

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) was selected by the SJJPA Board to be the SJJPA’s Managing Agency for the San Joaquin intercity passenger rail system, which operates between Bakersfield, Sacramento, and Oakland. SJRRC operates the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), which provides passenger rail services from the Central Valley to the Silicon Valley.