first_imgThe decision on how to get the trains into the Bay Area was the last routing choice faced by the board. It was a hotly contested decision with the board holding a series of hearings. SACRAMENTO – The Pacheco Pass won out over a more northerly neighbor Wednesday in a heavily lobbied dispute over where high-speed trains should run between the San Joaquin Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. The state’s high-speed rail board accepted a staff recommendation to make Pacheco the primary route for the bullet trains through the coastal mountains. The decision thwarted an effort by San Joaquin Valley and some East Bay officials to persuade the board to pick the Altamont Pass as the route. The nine-member panel is recommending that the state build a 700-mile high-speed rail system that would link San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco with trains running at top speeds of more than 200 mph. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img