The Monterey County Rail Extension project will extend passenger rail service from Santa Clara County to the City of Salinas. The project will improve commuter access between Salinas, Gilroy, San Jose, and San Francisco. It will provide an alternative to traffic congestion, thereby reducing commuter stress and increasing productivity. The extension will provide access to jobs, healthcare, education and shopping, and expand transportation options for the young, elderly and disabled. Service will begin with two daily round-trips. The project will provide state-of-the-art transportation and transit infrastructure and act as a catalyst for future economic growth.