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Coachella Valley Trains
Intercity Train Service between Los Angeles and Indio
The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and the State of California have been evaluating the feasibility of establishing an intercity passenger rail route between Los Angeles and Indio via Orange County which has gained local and federal political support.
The rail right-of-way that parallels the I-10 freeway between San Bernardino and Indio is operated by the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). UPRR continues a firm opposition to any new passenger service on its tracks or right-of-way through this area.
Many private sector railroad firms including UPRR are reluctant to operate or permit passenger intercity trains due to lack of profits. Public incentives (at the local and national level) to offset any losses connected with passenger service combined with liability protection provisions should be considered. Such policies would incline private railroad operators to operate or allow passenger trains along their right-of-way corridors.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) also continues to support upgraded rail service into the desert. RCTC is also working closely with the Coachella Valley and the Pass Areas on this issue and supports the expansion of rail service to additional areas of Riverside County.
The Transit Coalition will continue to watch and explore proposals for improved train service into the Coachella Valley starting with daily service between Los Angeles and Indio. High speed intercity service between Los Angeles, Indio and Phoenix can also be a part of long term future planning.
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