Fairfield gets $11M for train station project

By From page A1 | May 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD — California will contribute $11 million in funding key to Fairfield starting work on the Peabody Road bridge and related Fairfield-Vacaville train station.

The California Transportation Commission late Wednesday afternoon in San Diego voted unanimously to program the money for the station, said Janet Adams, director of projects for the Solano Transportation Authority. Fairfield must still make an allocation request and will likely do so in August so it can put the project out to bid, she said.

The $11 million comes from Proposition 1B, the $19.9 billion bond passed by state voters in 2006.

A first phase of the train station project is to cost $68 million to $71.8 million. It includes building a bridge to take Peabody Road over the railroad tracks near Vanden Road and building a nearby train stop with a boarding platform between the tracks that is reached by a tunnel.

The total project is to cost about $81.5 million. A train station building and solar array would come at a later time.

Major construction on the Peabody Road bridge is to start in summer 2015. Peabody Road at the tracks is to be closed for about a year.

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Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 22, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    We would be 70 million $ ahead if somebody would just steal all of the 11 million $ allocation from the state and the train station was never built. The train station that is not needed and not wanted.

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  • 5x322May 23, 2014 - 10:33 am

    The suburbs are a disgusting cesspool of automobile friendly high-speed arteries, unwalkable city blocks, decaying public transit networks, and hostile attitudes toward cyclists. Imagine my surprise when I spent a year in a small Bavarian town and learned that everyone, not only the poors, used the bus, that everyone rode a bicycle to the grocery store, and that only a third of the people owned their own cars. Trains served as an essential link between villages and cities. It was wonderful. Imagine decoupling yourself from your car payments, insurance payments, maintenance fees, etc. etc. A train station is a step in the right direction.

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 23, 2014 - 3:40 pm

    Then you should take the 11 mill and move back to your beloved Bavaria.

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  • CD BrooksMay 23, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    5x322, all of Europe has some of the finest transportation systems. They are safe, efficient, cost effective and well-managed. If you want to compare you should just forget it and go back. Those systems will never in our lifetime be built here and or function in that capacity, period. BTW, due to the woeful lack of enforcement across America and the arrogance displayed by every operator of every form of transportation, we will not soon have that serene picture here.

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  • General Fadi BasemMay 23, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    I wish you two love birds all the sucksess as you pursue your relationship in Bavaria.

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  • Ulises GuberMay 23, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    hey 5x322 , I don't want your utopia, get your hand out of My wallet and Move There !

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  • 2realMay 23, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Where did they get 11 million from... did they take away bertanis perks ;)

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  • CD BrooksMay 23, 2014 - 6:08 am

    The over pass is really the only sensible component in this proposal. Maybe new council members and a new mayor could redirect funding to more worthy projects and derail this effort?

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  • JagMay 23, 2014 - 10:14 am

    CD you should run for Mayor, I would love to see this on a ballot in Fairfield and Vacaville even if it was just an information measure

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  • B. ThiemerMay 23, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    there are many strings attached to the grants funding this project. If the funds were redirected to upgrading the existing Suisun station and surrounding areas on both sides of the tracks, it could still be within the parameters and requirmeents of the grants. I don't know for sure, but it would be worth investigating.

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  • CD BrooksMay 23, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    B. Thiemer, that's what I was thinking, all matters transportation related should be considered. That would include parking and security for both the current Transportation Center and the new and improved Suisun station. The overpass would absorb most of the immediate costs in order to expedite the process.

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  • The MisterMay 23, 2014 - 6:18 am

    You could buy a lot of bus tickets for $11 million. But Spering didn't buy property near a bus depot... obviously.

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  • P.J.May 23, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Didn't this good paper ask the citizens some time ago how they felt about the train station? And, didn't the public respond overwhelmingly, "no, no, no"? Why do our elected officials constantly vote in a manner that says...."but, citizens we know what's best for you"? Well, O.K. I'll go for the overpass, but the rest is nonsense!

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  • CD BrooksMay 23, 2014 - 8:58 am

    P.J. I often wonder whether the poll is considered a popular majority? It is true that nearly everyone posting here is against the train station and housing. I have traveled along the Peabody corridor and I get the need for the overpass and whole-heartedly support it. Just curious about others using it every day? There could be a big difference between the handful of posters here and the actual voting mentality in Fairfield. I'd like a more qualifying method.

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  • AlfMay 23, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Let's put it this way. When the train station and the train station specific plan went before at least a dozen public hearings and votes, there was no opposition and not one single no vote from any elected official from the City of Fairfield, the County, the City of Vacaville, the Greenbelt Authority, and LAFCO. Not one. That's how this stuff works CD. Not based on a newspaper poll. Good grief!!

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  • CD BrooksMay 23, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Alf, you obviously don't know me and only a fool would think that way. I was expressing my curiosity about the actual number of people that might agree or disagree with the poll numbers on any given subject and whether they represent a majority. Good grief indeed.

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  • Ulises GuberMay 23, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    Hey P.J. good point, I was thinking we need a warning label on the voter guides sent out each election that would say : Warning, the state of California has determined voters to be stupid, thus if the over whelming opinion of the Voter is not in line with the opinion of your elected officials, we the leaders will find a Judge to overturn the will of you silly little voters and do as we damn well please .

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