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San Joaquin Expansion Being Eyed

March 28, 2018

A California city has taken a step toward expanding Amtrak’s San Joaquin service into new territory.

The Butte County Association of Governments board of directors approved a $495,000 option contract to acquire the former Western Pacific station in Oroville.

The option is good for 90 days and is contingent on the association receiving a grant to help pay for the building.

BCAG Executive Director Jon Clark said the station could also be used for a proposed commuter bus line to Sacramento.

The San Joaquin service current operates between Bakersfield and Sacramento with some trains operating as far west as Oakland.

Funding for San Joaquin service comes from the State of California.

Transportation officials have said that Oroville is probably as far north as San Joaquin service can go due to freight train service on the route to Redding via Chico.

No study has yet been done on ridership potential from Oroville, but officials believe that it would be considerable.

There is an Amtrak Thruway bus route connecting with San Joaquin service at Stockton from Marysville, Oroville, Chico, Red Bluff and Redding.

Renovation of the Oroville station might cost as much as $4 million.

A portion of the depot is used by an insurance agency while most of the structure used to be used by a restaurant and mico-brewery.