Presentation: The I-580 corridor between Northern San Joaquin County and the Bay Area is one of the most congested and time consuming commutes in the Northern California Megaregion. The Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority was created by state law in the fall of 2017 to plan the Valley Link commuter rail project in the corridor. Phase 1 of the project is 42-miles long and includes 7 stations that span from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to the planned station in North Lathrop. A future Phase 2 would extend the system from North Lathrop to Stockton. The proposed rail vehicles are diesel/battery electric hybrid multiple units. The Authority estimates the capital cost of Phase 1 to be $2.4 – 3.2 billion in year of expenditure dollars. The Authority has completed a feasibility report and is nearing the completion of environmental work and 30% design. The presentation will provide an overview of this fast-paced rail project, including the planned delivery methods and politics.
Presenter: Michael Tree has 25 years of experience in public transportation and city management. He is currently the Executive Director for both the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) and the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority. LAVTA is the operator of the popular Wheels public transit system in the Tri-Valley. The Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority is the Authority planning the Valley Link commuter rail system. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from San Jose State in transportation management. Michael has been married 28 years to his high school sweetheart, Molly, and they have seven children together. They are residents of Livermore.