The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), are studying options for providing intercity rail services between the cities of Los Angeles and Indio, California (the Corridor).
The Coachella Valley – San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service would extend from an eastern terminus in Indio, California to the western terminus at Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS), and is approximately 141 miles long. In 1991, RCTC completed the first in a series of studies evaluating the feasibility of operating one or two daily intercity rail round trips between Los Angeles and Indio. From 1991 to 2013, RCTC completed additional feasibility studies on the Coachella Valley – San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service. In July 2016, RCTC, in coordination with Caltrans and FRA, prepared and completed the Coachella Valley – San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service Study Alternatives Analysis Final Report that evaluated a reasonable range of alternatives for a new intercity rail service between Los Angeles and Indio.
The next steps of the process include the preparation of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) document and a Service Development Plan (SDP), consistent with federal and state requirements. As part of the EIR/EIS process, all interested agencies and the public at large will be invited to participate in the scoping process to ensure the Programmatic EIS/EIR document addresses the full range of issues related to the purpose and need, the proposed action, reasonable alternatives are addressed, and all significant issues are identified. Additionally, the scoping process and public comments are used to identify reasonable alternatives and potential environmental effects in the preparation of the Programmatic EIS/EIR document.