commuter train

State officials announced a massive new grant to support commuter rail service between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

The Ventura County Transportation Commission and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments launched the new rail service between the counties at the beginning of this month.

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.

It’s an idea that’s been talked about for more than a decade.

Finally, after years of effort, the first regularly scheduled commuter rail service is set to begin April 2nd between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.

The new commuter train that will be rolling from Ventura County to Goleta and back starting April 2nd has many prospective takers.

In a meeting with large employers Tuesday morning, Gregg Hart with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments said about 1,000 drivers have indicated they want to leave their cars behind to ride the rails.