Valley Link Rail Project

Valley Link Rail Project - Connecting Commuters from San Joaquin Valley to the Bay Area

This important project will connect Northern San Joaquin County communities to the Tri-Valley and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) through frequent and fast rail service via the route of the historic Transcontinental Railroad right-of-way through the Altamont Pass. This approximately 12-mile, abandoned right-of-way, deeded to Alameda County by Southern Pacific in 1984, provides an unprecedented opportunity to deliver a fast and efficient inter-regional rail service - connecting people, housing and jobs in the Northern California region and providing much-needed congestion relief in one of the Bay Area’s most congested corridors.

The future Valley Link will initially extend from the planned ACE N. Lathrop Station in the San Joaquin Valley through the Altamont Pass, then readily connect with the Dublin/Pleasanton BART terminus station in the Tri-Valley, with additional phase one stations in River Islands, Downtown Tracy, Mountain House, Greenville Rd/I-580 in Livermore, and Isabel Ave/I-580 in Livermore. Additional potential infill stations include Ellis Historical in Tracy, Grant Line Road in Alameda County (west of Tracy), and South Front in Livermore.  

Initial analysis completed by the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), found Valley Link to have competitive travel time (73 minutes from planned ACE N. Lathrop Station to BART); significant emissions reduction; and environmental benefits.  Initial travel demand forecasting shows approximately 25,000 riders per day on Valley Link in 2040.

For more information, please visit Valley Link Rail

Valley Link map

Commuter Stories:

Several individuals share their experiences commuting from the San Joaquin Valley to the Bay Area, and why the need for Valley Link is so great:

Member Agencies

  • Altamont Corridor Express (ACE)
  • San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
  • Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (Wheels)
  • Town of Danville
  • City of Dublin
  • City of Lathrop
  • City of Livermore
  • City of Manteca
  • Mountain House Community Services District
  • City of Pleasanton
  • City of San Ramon
  • City of Stockton
  • City of Tracy
  • County of Alameda
  • County of San Joaquin