King City train station becoming reality after state approves $1.5M for project

KING CITY — More than $1.5 million in state funding has been approved for pre-construction activities related to a passenger rail platform in King City.

The City of King was notified March 6 that its grant application received approval for the proposed platform, which would bring the existing Coast Starlight train service to King City and allow access to Fort Hunter Liggett and Pinnacles National Park.

“The City has been working for several years on plans for a multimodal transportation center, and this funding will be a tremendous step in making that goal a reality,” said Mayor Mike LeBarre in a news release.

The grant will provide funding for the design of the platform; services needed to pursue approval from Union Pacific on the required right-of-way, permits and a new crossing at Broadway Street; and other related pre-construction activities.

According to City Manager Steve Adams, the goal of improving passenger rail service in the area is to “help alleviate traffic congestion on Highway 101 and make the Central Coast more accessible for commuters, tourists and residents.” He estimates the project completion time will be three to five years.

“It will still be a multi-year project because there is a lot of work to be accomplished before construction can begin, but this is a big step,” Adams told the Rustler.

King City’s train station was one of nine projects throughout the state to advance after the California State Transportation Agency approved $13.1 million in funding from the State Rail Assistance Program, created by Senate Bill 1 to improve commuter rail service, reduce air pollution and ease traffic congestion in the state.

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