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ducting a study to determine costs and ridership projections for a bus rapid transit service along the Big Horn Bou- levard corridor. Village centers could be developed along this route. Last March, the City of Elk Grove completed its Multimodal Station Fea- sibility Study. Since then, City staff and the San Joaquin Joint Powers Author- ity have been collaborating at a multi- modal station site on the Sacramento subdivision rail corridor. The property is owned by the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, but it has been identified as a potentially viable location for Elk Grove’s future multi- modal station, says Mike Costa, the city’s transit system manager. The SJJPA is currently conducting an environmental study for the con- struction of multiple passenger rail sta- tions along the Sacramento subdivision railroad corridor and for their Amtrak passenger rail service that would op- erate on that corridor, Costa says. One of the passenger rail stations consid- ered for construction in the study is Elk Grove’s station. Costa expects the draft environmental document to be avail- able for public review this year. The San Joaquin Council of Govern- ments continues to work with its local jurisdictions to identify areas where transportation investments can sup- port TOD. A recent example is the Cal Weber 40 affordable housing project in downtown Stockton. Next year, Anchor Village, which has 51 affordable hous- ing units mainly for veterans and in- dividuals with mental health issues, is set to open near the downtown transit center. Similar projects could be on the horizon, but that depends on funding for both housing and transit services, says Kim Anderson, senior regional planner for SJCOG. “The region and its transit agen- cies have made important strides to- wards more robust transit services and in supporting housing served by that transit,” Anderson says, “but TOD is relatively new in San Joaquin County — we are taking baby steps in that kind of development.” n Russell Nichols is a freelance writer who focuses on technology, culture and men- tal health. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Governing Magazine and Government Technology. On Twitter @russellnichols. January 2019 | 59