The North Valley Passenger Rail Strategic Plan will determine what is needed to bring passenger rail service northward from the Natomas area in Sacramento to Butte County. The study area is shown below. The study will be evaluating the existing Union Pacific Railroad corridors coming north from Natomas to Marysville. Then two potential routes from Marysville to Butte County will be evaluated as shown below; the route to Chico north from Marysville is the preferred route, with the route to Oroville being analyzed as an alternate route.
BCAG received a Caltrans Strategic Partnership Transit grant to study what is needed to bring passenger rail service northward from the Natomas area in Sacramento to Butte County. After receiving the Notice to Proceed from Caltrans in September, BCAG conducted a Request for Proposals (RFP) in October 2021, retaining AECOM to assist in the development of the study. A project kick-off meeting was held in early January with AECOM and San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) staff to initiate work on the study.
Project Development Team
A Project Development Team has been assembled to guide the development of the study and is comprised of city and county representatives from the study area along with staff from Caltrans, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, transit agencies, etc. Project Development Team meetings are held quarterly.
Project Development Team Meeting #1 (Zoom meeting) was held on Thursday, March 24th from 3:00-4:30pm.
An email distribution list is being compiled to provide interested individuals with periodic project updates, invitations to public workshops, etc. If you are interested in being added to the email distribution list please email Chris Devine, BCAG Planning Manager, at email@example.com.
A project schedule has been developed and available here.