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Source : Bart.gov
September 28, 2021
Author : Alex Bustillos
According to the Link21 program’s website, “Link21 and its partner agencies aim to connect urban and intercity rail throughout the Northern California Megaregion, as envisioned by the California State Rail Plan.”
“The Program’s main goal is to transform the passenger rail network serving the 21-county Northern California Megaregion, which includes the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay area, the Sacramento area, and the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Our goal is to connect, upgrade, and build upon the current passenger rail system,” the site reads.
Additionally, Link21 is planning a passenger rail service that would connect Oakland to San Francisco.
ICF, who has been contracted to handle environmental services for the project, will bring together a team of 25 partners, which includes 13 disadvantaged business enterprises, for Phase 1 of the project. Phase one will take place between 2022 and 2024 and will include “program development, environmental strategy, resource inventory, constraints and opportunities assessment, and alternatives evaluation.”
According to the press release from ICF and BART, the contract includes a $140 million multiyear option to retain ICF’s services through Phase 2, which includes the environmental review and permitting process.
"The LINK21 project is a massive undertaking and, once developed, will be the largest sustainable passenger rail expansion in BART's history," ICF senior vice president Anne Choate said. "The improved transit system will have tremendous benefit to the San Francisco Bay region, providing additional ridership options and advancing equity for the megaregion's citizens.”