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New Commuter Line From Ventura To Santa Barbara Opens

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It's taken about 10 years to put together a plan for a commuter train for Ventura County workers coming to  Santa Barbara and Goleta. 

Bumper to bumper traffic has been a frustrating part of the commute, but drivers can now use a new early-morning and early-afternoon Amtrak commuter train.

Gregg Hart with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments says it's part of a multi-phase plan to ease congestion.

"In the '101 In Motion' plan we envisioned a system that had all of these pieces integrated, with the buses the train, the HOV lane," said Hart.

"We're working to implement all of those, ultimately we're going to have a really robust, diverse system for folks to choose from."

The commuter train will be combined with free bus service at the stations for passengers to get to major employment sites.