Morning Express: Finally a train that meets valley’s
By JOHN M. DERBY
May 17, 2018
We have received nothing but glowing reports
from local people who took Amtrak’s Morning Express
to Sacramento and back this past week. With all the talk
about High Speed Rail, this is a service which is here today
and working to bring the business of the valley together.
For years we have heard nothing but complaints
about trains which are poorly timed for commerce. Their
schedule is almost recreational in nature.
Now for once, people from the valley can
get to the state capital, conduct their business, and be
back in one day. We feel this is one big step toward taking
traffic off of US 99 and Highway 5.
The San Joaquin Valley still faces major
challenges in air quality, and the automobile traffic continues
to increase without let up. Commuters driving, one to a
car, are a major problem, not only increasing the stress
level but also the bad air.
Better rail service is part of the solution,
however, while millions are being spent on the High Speed
Rail, the completion of that system is off in the distant
future. The price tag goes up with each passing year, and
the winds of politics keep changing.
People of the valley, need something tangible
now, not later.
The Morning Express is something which
is being done now, at a minimal of expense using tracks
and stations which are already in place. The real change
is the scheduling of the trains so they arrive in Sacramento
in time to take advantage of the business day.
It will allow more people to live in the
valley where there is room for economical housing and still
work in the job centers. This is a win win situation.
The only question seems to be: “Why
did it take so long for this rail service idea to become