Faster, more-direct trains between Sacramento and S.F.? Explore transportation plans of the not-so-distant future at this July 15 workshop

Anyone who has sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-80 likely has wondered: Why can’t I catch a train anytime I want to get to San Francisco and not be stuck in my car?

That objective will be discussed during a virtual public workshop at 5:30 p.m. July 15 hosted by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, BART, the City of Sacramento, Yolo County Transportation District and the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency. The workshop focuses on the Link21 program, a new rail improvement project that will connect BART and Regional Rail (including intercity rail, future commuter and high-speed passenger rail) throughout the 21-county Northern California megaregion.

“A one-seat ride from Sacramento to San Francisco and Silicon Valley via a new Transbay rail link would be transformative for Sacramento and the region,” said Greg Taylor, City project manager for the refurbished and reimagined Sacramento Valley Station. “As Sacramento has positioned itself to be a major hub for innovation and commerce, we are asking local residents to participate in these public workshops so we can receive their input and feedback on this critical transportation program.”

The July 15 workshop will be livestreamed and is viewable via computer or smartphone. An audio-only feed will be accessible by dialing 510-650-3704. For more information, including a full schedule of upcoming workshops, visit

According to the project’s organizers, a modern, fully connected rail network will:

  • ENABLE fast, frequent, reliable, safe and accessible rail service.
  • INCREASE connections between affordable housing and high-quality jobs.
  • IMPROVE air quality by creating viable alternatives to driving.
  • ENHANCE Northern California’s livability, economic competitiveness and environment.
  • MEET the future travel demands of Northern California’s growing, diverse population.

All Link21 workshops will be presented in English, with closed captioning made available shortly after the workshop date. Real-time telephone interpretation is available by dialing 510-826-4040 for Spanish and 510-949-8846 for Chinese. Upon request, Link21 will provide real-time ASL or additional language interpretation services to persons with disabilities or individuals who are limited English proficient who wish to participate in the public workshops.

If you are in need of services/accommodations, please contact or call 855-905-5465.

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