Valley Link Rail to Construct Hydrogen Production Facility in California

The Tri-Valley – San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority has reached a final agreement with the City of Tracy, California to purchase 200 acres for a green hydrogen production facility as part of the Valley Link Rail project.

This announcement follows the authority’s approval of the project’s Hydrogen Production Feasibility Study in September.

The property will support the authority’s goal for the Valley Link Rail project to be the first passenger rail system in California to run on self-produced, green hydrogen.

Valley Link Rail
Valley Link aims to operate zero-emission hydrogen rail vehicles
Veronica Vargas, Chair of the Authority Board of Directors said:

“Valley Link’s self-produced, green hydrogen will reduce the cost of the overall project operations for the public and offset state and federal transit subsidies. The project’s vision also supports opportunities to create and sustain new living wage jobs in both the hydrogen fuel production and related renewable energy industries. This is good for both the economy and the environment.”

The Valley Link Rail project aims to close a critical gap in the statewide rail system by providing a 42-mile, 7-station rail connection between the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and the North Lathrop Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) station.

As 33,000 daily riders are expected to use this route by 2040, Valley Link would remove tens of thousands of cars off Interstates 580 and 205 and connect to nearly 500 miles of passenger rail in the Northern California Megaregion.

Construction on the initial operating segment between the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and the Mountain House station is expected to commence in 2025.

In addition to the use of zero-emissions vehicles and green energy production technologies, the Valley Link Sustainability Policy identifies strategies to achieve a zero-emissions system, including electric autonomous shuttles and shared mobility services for accessing the stations.

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