7 Resolution Supporting the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Train Expansion to Stanislaus County.

MEETING DATE: JULY 07, 2015

AGENDA ITEM #

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STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Resolution Supporting the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Train Expansion to Stanislaus County.

MEETING DATE: July 7, 2015

PREPARED BY: Odi Ortiz, Interim City Manager

REVIEWED BY: Odi Ortiz, Interim City Manager

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RECOMMENDATION:

Adopt Resolution No. 2015-_, supporting the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Train expansion to Stanislaus County with two train stops to include the City of Modesto and City of Turlock to promote economic development opportunities for the City of Modesto, Stanislaus County, and the Northern San Joaquin Valley Counties of San Joaquin and Merced.

BACKGROUND:

The Ace Train currently transports 1.3 million annual riders with 4 daily trains from San Joaquin County to the Bay Area. This number is expected to increase to 4-6 million annual riders with the ACE train expansion which will add 6 more daily trains for a total of 10 daily trains from Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties to the Bay Area by 2025.

The ACE expansion aims to run more frequent trains that will be more reliable, safer, and faster, and help reduce highway congestion and greenhouse emissions improving connectivity with BART (in the Tri­ Valley and other potential locations) and other transit services. In addition, by placing new train stations in existing downtowns the ACE train expansion also serves as a mechanism to help Stanislaus County meet the regional and state sustainability goals under California Senate Bill 375 and will also place Modesto in a more competitive position for cap and trade funding, as well as provide downtown Modesto the opportunity to attract more transit-oriented development.

DISCUSSION:

The City of Modesto has encouraged the City to support the ACE Train Expansion through Stanislaus County and Merced County. Given the potential for regional economic growth, the City, per the adoption of the attached resolution, supports the ACE train expansion in the neighboring communities which includes the development of train stops in the cities of Manteca, Ripon, Modesto, Turlock, Livingston, and Merced.

Virginia Madueno, Outreach Consultant, ACEforward Community Engagement Team, and her assistant, Jennifer Hidalgo will give a PowerPoint presentation on the ACE Train Expansion at the meeting and answer any questions that may arise.

FISCAL IMPACT:

None to the City.

ATTACHMENTS:

1. Resolution No. 2015-

2. Letter from City of Modesto

3. City of Modesto Resolution No. 2015-62

RESOLUTION NO. 2015-

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON SUPPORTING THE EXPANSION OF THE ALTAMONT CORRIDOR EXPRESS TO STANISLAUS COUNTY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A TRAIN STOP IN THE CITY OF MODESTO

WHEREAS, according to the California Department of Finance the population for San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties is the largest projected population growth in California; and

WHEREAS, employment opportunities in California are projected to increase most rapidly in Alameda, Santa Clara, and other Bay Area counties according to the California Department of Finance; and

WHEREAS, Bay Area jobs will be increasingly filled by long-distance commuters as the cost of housing in the Bay Area increases; and

WHEREAS, new residents to the Central Valley will provide a boost to economic activity in the area in which they reside which includes increased direct local spending, more entrepreneurial talent, a substantial skilled and professional workforce, potential growth in business startups, and significant gains in job creation; and

WHEREAS, the Central Valley will be competing to attract these new residents with other nearby counties that have lower housing costs such as Contra Costa, Solano, and Yolo Counties; and

WHEREAS, the annual overall commuter cost savings of using the ACE train versus vehicle transportation for work in the Bay Area is approximately $11.85 million, and also represents an annual value of $12.58 million in on-train paid work time for current Central Valley commuters who currently ride ACE train, according to the 2014 Great Valley Center’s Regional Economic Impact Report; and

WHEREAS, the current ACE train service with 4 daily trains provides transportation for 1.3 million people annually who ride the ACE train for work, business, connections to other forms of travel including air, and tourism; and the annual ACE train ridership is projected to increase to over 4 million riders with ACE train expansion project which will add 6 more daily trains from Stanislaus County and Merced County to the Bay Area, for a total of 10 daily trains from

Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties to the Bay Area which is projected to increase ridership to 5.9 million annual riders by 2025; and

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WHEREAS, ACEforward aims to run more frequent trains that will be more reliable, safer, and faster, and help reduce highway congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, improving connectivity with BART (in the Tri-Valley and other potential locations) and other transit services. In addition, by placing new train stations in existing downtowns ACEforward also serves as a mechanism to help Stanislaus County meet the regional and state sustainability goals under California Senate Bill 375 by diverting 42.8 million vehicle miles and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 23.7 million pounds based on current ridership and diverted vehicle miles are expected to grow into 84.1 million vehicle miles which will also account for an increased reduction in GHG to 45.5 million pounds by 2020, and will also place Modesto in a more competitive position for cap and trade funding, as well as provide downtown Modesto the opportunity to attract more transit-oriented development; and

WHEREAS, Stanislaus County is currently not a self-help county which has a voter-approved transportation tax as defined by the Federal and State Departments of Transportation and, therefore, cannot compete for other necessary Federal and State funding for ACE train expansion. Furthermore, the ACE train expansion into Stanislaus County with train stops in Modesto and Turlock will require a necessary investment of 12% of the funding derived from a one-half cent countywide sales tax if approved by Stanislaus County voters, based on 25 years of funding, according to the San Joaquin Rail Commission, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Federal Railroad Administration.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Livingston hereby supports the expansion of the Altamont Corridor Express and the development of an ACE train stop in the City of Modesto’s downtown district.

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Livingston recognizes the importance of regional economic development and collaboration with the neighboring counties of San Joaquin and Merced. Given the potential for regional economic growth, the City of Livingston supports the ACE train expansion in the neighboring communities which includes the development of ACE train stops in the cities of Manteca, Ripon, Modesto, Turlock, Livingston, and Merced.

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Livingston supports the necessary funding at the federal, state, and local level, as available, for the Ace train expansion project into Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties.

Passed and adopted this ih day of July, 2015, by the following vote:

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AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

ABSTAIN:

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Rodrigo Espinoza, Mayor of the City of Livingston

ATTEST:

I, hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was regularly introduced, passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Livingston this ih day of July, 2015.

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Antonio Silva, City Clerk of the City of Livingston

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