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The grants will help fund planning for the ACE-BART connection, according to a press release issued by the Tri-Valley—San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority.
The project’s first phase calls for building new rail from River Islands, Tracy, Mountain House and Livermore in Northern California to connect with a BART terminus. Later phases would include stops at Lathrop/Manteca and Stockton.
The new route, which would run along former Transcontinental Railroad right-of-way, would provide Stockton and Livermore residents a direct connection to BART.
The segment from West Tracy to Greenville Road in Livermore is expected to cost about $400 million, according to the Tri-Valley—San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority’s website.
The authority was established in 2017 when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to plan and deliver the ACE-BART connection, which will provide an alternative to driving along Interstate 580.
That highway system is one of the most congested freeways in Northern California due to a high volume of commuter, freight and other traffic, said Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who also serves as chair of the Tri-Valley—San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority.
“With traffic on the I-580 expected to increase 60 percent in the near future, this is a very important rail connection that will not only improve our quality of life, but will also have a positive impact on our economy and the environment,” he said.
Latent demand has been recognised by road traffic professionals for many decades, and was initially referred to as “traffic generation“. In the simplest terms, latent demand is demand that exists, but, for any number of reasons, most having to do with human psychology, is suppressed by the inability of the system to handle it. Once additional capacity is added to the network, the demand that had been latent materializes as actual usage.
The effect was recognized as early as 1930, when an executive of a St. Louis, Missouri electric railway company told a Transportation Survey Commission that widening streets simply produces more traffic, and heavier congestion. In New York, it was clearly seen in the highway-building program of Robert Moses, the “master builder” of the New York City area. As described by Moses’ biographer, Robert Caro, in The Power Broker:
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980’s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Learn more about it HERE.
Michael Stusser brings 40 years of meditation practice and a lifetime of wilderness experience to his forest bathing guiding. He is a certified forest-bathing guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). He led a delegation to connect with the origins of the movement in Japan in the fall of 2017 with the organization’s founder Amos Clifford.