By Noel T. Braymer
I recently received an email from RailPAC member Doug Kerr who often attends meetings of the San Joaquin Joint Powers Agency (SJJPA). He attended the latest meeting on July 28, 2017 in Sacramento. Doug Kerr emailed me a copy of the agenda of this meeting after my post about plans to extend rail passenger service to Sacramento. On the agenda was the planning to extend service to Sacramento using the UP Sacramento line. This is the line that doesn’t have connections to the Sacramento Valley Station used by all the other Amtrak trains and Thruway Buses. By going to the SJJPA website I was able copy several of the PowerPoint slides presented at the July 28th meeting of their current planning for expanded service to Sacramento. Many of the plans they presented closely resembled conclusions I had made including the need for more stations between Stockton and Sacramento including stations north of downtown Sacramento. What I am concerned about are plans to limit service between Sacramento and Fresno. Granted, service south of Fresno might be in the early morning or late in the evenings. But the San Joaquin trains would not function without bus service south of Bakersfield which brings in bus loads of passengers to and from Southern California. Even bus service from San Diego to Fresno with San Joaquin connections would be better than no connections at all.