TRACY, Calif. — The planned Valley Link commuter rail system, which would run from Lathrop, Calif., to Dublin/Pleasanton, will pursue the possibility of using hydrogen-powered equipment when it launches in 2027, the Modesto Bee reports.
The Valley Link board voted earlier this month to accept a report that found the alternative energy source feasible and directed its staff to continue to seek funding for a solar-powered hydrogen plant, estimated to cost $67.1 million. Some of the hydrogen created would be used by a bus service that would partner on the plant. The report is available in the agenda packet from the board’s Sept. 14 meeting
Valley Link is a proposed 42-mile, seven-station project that would run from an Altamont Corridor Express commuter rail station in Lathrop to a Bay Area Rapid Transit Station in Dublin.
Its board — the Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority — so far has about $700 million in funding committed for the $1.8 billion first phase of the project, which would run from Dublin to Mountain House, serving four station. The $2 billion second phase would add stations in Tracy and Lathrop.