Caltrans, which manages two of the nation’s busiest passenger rail lines, is asking its rapidly growing passenger base what they think about rail systems in the Golden State. The department will host an open house in Fresno next week to solicit input on the draft California State Rail Plan (CSRP), which will lay out a vision for freight, passenger and high-speed rail in the state. The draft plan is available at californiastaterailplan.com and comments can be submitted through March 11.
The open house will be held Feb. 21 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Assembly Room 1036 of the Hugh M. Burns State Building at 2550 Mariposa Mall in Fresno.
“Each year, nearly six million passengers ride the trains in California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “It’s important that we find out what our citizens have to say about rail, because their input will help us build a truly connected California.”
Ridership on California trains is up 56 percent since 2002, and about 18 percent of all Amtrak riders take the train in California...