People who missed 10-18 Fridays deadline to weigh in on plans for extending Bay Area commuter rail to Modesto and Merced can thank the federal shutdown for buying more time to comment. The comment period is the publics latest chance to say how such a service could help or otherwise affect lives.
Rail officials want to extend a line from Lathrop to downtown Modesto by 2018 and to Merced by 2022, making it easier for hundreds of commuters to reach jobs in Tracy, Livermore or San Jose. The two-week shutdown made it hard for federal agencies, in the time allowed, to have their say on the effort, now called ACEforward.
So the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, which owns and operates ACE trains, postponed the deadline accordingly for federal officials and regular folks alike. Comments will help frame the scope of environmental studies required for the project.
People will have more chances to voice opinions at various study stages. Input can be sent through Nov. 4 to email@example.com or mailed to Dave Leavitt, Manager of Regional Initiatives, SJRRC/ACE Headquarters, 949 E. Channel St., Stockton, 95202.