Ripon hopes to be part of the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission’s major expansion plans.
By that, city officials have been actively pursuing plans for a multi-modal station as a passenger stop for the Altamont Commuter Express.
According to “ACE Forward” – that’s the term for this expansion – extending passenger service to Modesto is planned for 2018 and Merced by 2022.
The proposed 7,000 square-foot multi-modal station would be located near downtown Ripon, with on and off-site improvements consisting of a bus loading and staging area along with the future rail platform.
Ripon commuters would be able to catch ACE trains all the way to downtown San Jose or catch a 10-minute transfer shuttle in Pleasanton between the ACE station and the BART station to head into San Francisco.
At Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting, elected leaders could submit this as their One Regional Transportation Project for the upcoming San Joaquin One Voice Advocacy trip.
They’ll also consider the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Surface Water Supply plan as the One Regional Local Project while endorsing Ripon Community Athletic Foundation’s stadium project.
Other items to be discussed at the 6 p.m. open session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.:
Approval of the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and Ripon Unified on continued use of the Council Chambers.
Consider transferring the primary responsibility to plan and coordinate the Fourth of July fireworks show from City Council to the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.
uApproval of the 2015 Engineering and Traffic Survey while directing staff to bring forward an amended ordinance to Speed Limits.
Presentation by staff on the update of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014.
More information on the meeting including the agenda package can be obtained by logging on to www.cityofripon.org.