Decision on 49ers game train delayed

Bee Staff ReportsFebruary 26, 2014 

Whether the San Francisco 49ers will team with Valley rail leaders to sponsor game-bound trains will not be decided March 7. A monthly meeting of the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission set for that day has been canceled.

The commission’s next meeting is April 4, but it’s possible the agency will schedule a special meeting later in March, the agency said.

Supporters of the idea want special Altamont Corridor Express trains to take fans to the 49ers’ eight regular season home games and two preseason games at the team’s new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Round-trip tickets would cost $13.50, while people commuting from Stockton or Lathrop stations to East Bay jobs pay as much as $23.

A commissioner from Alameda County, arguing that the 49ers are getting preferential treatment, blocked approval of the partnership earlier this month.

A report on marginal success of previous trains for games of the Oakland A’s and Raiders is expected at the commission’s next meeting.

Leaders hope to extend ACE service to Modesto by 2018 and to Turlock and Merced a few years later.

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