Transportation Agency for Monterey County

Salinas Rail Extension

This project extends passenger rail service from Santa Clara County south to Salinas. The service will start with two round trips, expanding to up to six round trips as demand warrants.



Project Benefits

  • Provides new cost-effective rail service as an alternative to the crowded U.S. 101
  • Improves commuter access between Salinas and San Jose, San Francisco
  • Provides an alternative to traffic congestion
  • Facilitates access to jobs, health care, education and shopping
  • Expands transportation options for the elderly, young, and disabled
  • Reduces commuter stress
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Promotes economic development around the rail stations
  • Benefits low income, majority-minority communities

Phased Implementation

1: Kick Start Project: Salinas train station circulation improvements, train layover facility, Gilroy track improvements

2: Pajaro/Watsonville Multimodal Transit Hub: Connection point for Santa Cruz County

3: Castroville Multimodal Station: Connection point for Monterey Peninsula

What’s Happening Now

Kick Start Project: Design & Engineering, Right-of-Way Aquisition

What’s Coming Soon

Up Next: Demolition of Structures in Salinas, Utility Relocation, Lincoln Avenue Construction

Project Maps and Flyers

Visual Simulations

Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center, Harvey-Baker House and the Monterey-Salinas Transit bus center Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center, Harvey-Baker House and the Monterey-Salinas Transit bus center

Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center, pedestrian plaza Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center, pedestrian plaza

Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center, commuter rail platform Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center, commuter rail platform

Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center, Lincoln Avenue entrance Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center, Lincoln Avenue entrance

Pajaro/Watsonville station Pajaro/Watsonville station

Castroville train station Castroville train station

Supporting Documentation

State Environmental Impact Report, Certified fall 2006
State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Documents
Salinas Rail Extension Alternatives Analysis
Pajaro/Watsonville Multimodal Station Traffic Impact Analysis, June 2011
Principles of Agreement, February 2013
Draft Operating and Maintenance Plan, May 2013
Salinas Rail Relocation Plan, October 2016

Christina Watson is the Transportation Agency’s Rail Program contact person. If you have any questions, she can be reached at (831) 775-4406, or via email at christina (at) tamcmonterey (dot) org