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Ripon working to secure ACE service
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The City of Ripon has been working with the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission about the possibilities of locating an Altamont Commuter Express train stop near downtown.

On Tuesday, the Ripon City Council will discuss the Multi-Modal Station as a 2015 One Voice San Joaquin Project during the 7 p.m. open session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The submission as this as the Regional Transportation Project would replace that of the Class 1 Bike Path from Ripon to Manteca – a project submitted for the past few years with the San Joaquin Council of Governments delegation – in search of funding at the upcoming One Voice event in Washington D.C.

The group consisting of one council member Ripon Surface Water Project would also be listed as the Local Priority Project.

The latter would supplement 15,000 residents along with businesses and industries located within city limits with treated water from the South San Joaquin irrigation District by means of a five-mile pipeline to the City of Ripon water supply.

Meanwhile, the SJRRC is planning a major expansion of the ACE train service, adding Modesto by 2018 and Merced by 2022. That same route passes right through Ripon.

A stop here has the potential of bringing in visitors, thus, increasing commercial activity while benefiting the downtown businesses.

The extension of the ACE to Ripon would also provide a connection for the south SJC as well as Stanislaus County residents to various Bay Area destinations – via the Bay Area Rapid Transit service or CalTrain – to Levi’s Stadium, Great America amusement park, and various businesses centers.

 The City has talked about construction of a 7,000-square-foot station on a four-acre project area consisting of 15 off-space parking and a future platform for ACE train service.

 In other agenda items:

•    Mark Winchell, who recently picked to complete the term remaining on the seat once occupied by Elden “Red” Nutt – he passed away suddenly on Nov. 21 – will be administered the oath of office.

•    A resolution supporting the northbound Highway 99 with a “Welcome to Ripon” sign as donated by the Ripon Rotary Club is expected to get the OK by elected leaders.

•    Council members will discuss the possibility of adding a carnival to the Fourth of July event at the Mistlin Sports Complex.

•     They’ll also talk about a change order for the North Pointe Specific Plan regarding the Environmental Impact Report consultant doing a traffic study and health assessment.

For more information, call Ripon City Hall at 209.599.2131 or log on