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Railroad Related Planning

The Coast Daylight

The two key components to railroad-related planning in Soledad are siting/improvements for future passenger rail service, and future land use/development of approximately 12 acres of Union Pacific Railroad-owned property in the downtown area. The City has been in discussions with the Union Pacific Railroad (UPR) regarding access to and acquisition of the 12-acre vacant property located between the 100’-wide UPR track property and U.S. Highway 101.  City Staff has received platform planning criteria from UPR and developed a conceptual platform, track alignment options and cost estimates.

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Preliminary analysis suggests a platform/station location along Front Street, centered and on axis with Main Street at the existing park & ride lot entry. Planning continues at the staff level as well as through the Downtown Specific Plan update process.

During the past several years, the City has actively participated in the Coast Rail Coordinating Council in support of the planned Coast Daylight passenger rail service between San Francisco and San Luis Obispo with a station stop in Soledad. Soledad is responsible for land acquisition and station planning which is considered to be a key component to the revitalization of downtown, along with a combination of multi-modal and transit-oriented development opportunities. In addition, the City remains committed to the long-term commercial development prospects of the 12-acre vacant railroad property as well as site planning for a downtown multi-modal transit center site along the existing railroad right-of-way. Consultant R.L. Banks is currently under contract with the City's Redevelopment Agency, providing railroad consultation regarding station platform and track configuration alternatives anticipated to be incorporated into the Downtown Specific Plan analysis.

Resources
Coast Daylight Implementation Plan
The Coast Daylight | A Plan for Increased Rail Passenger Service


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