Solano County Rail Plan

Presently, Solano County has one rail station along The Capitol Corridor Route. As part of a multi-pronged and multi-million dollar plan to address serious traffic problems and other issues, including air quality, the county plans to build three additional rail stations. The present plan was driven largely by local political processes, which left out important stake-holders, such as Travis AFB.

This site documents a potential alternate rail plan which was largely developed as a college project in 2001-2002. The alternate plan was developed using modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS), economic, environmental, and demographic analysis. It is a data-driven plan which promises to benefit the most people in the county in a more even handed manner.

The alternate plan selects sites based on factors likely to improve ridership. Ridership is the single most important factor in the success of a rail station. The factors considered include nearness to population concentrations, access to major employers, access to other regional resources within the county (facilities such as David Grant Medical Center, a regional medical facility serving eight states and a cause of regional traffic) and access to local bus transit. It is also based on cost-benefit analysis and risk-analysis, including environmental costs.

At the time the research was originally done, an important component of this alternate plan was the observation that more than 50 percent of the county's 412,000 residents lived in the central core communities of Fairfield, Vacaville, Suisun City, and Travis AFB. When the residents of Rio Vista, unincorporated areas, and most of Vallejo are removed from consideration due to their distance from the rail line, the central core communities may have accounted for 80 percent or more of potential riders within easy reach of the Capitol Corridor line.

Updated figures:

According to Wikipedia "The 2010 United States Census reported that Solano County had a population of 413,344." Most likely, the figures from 2001-2002 are not terribly far off from current figures.

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