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Proposed commuter train needs a name

A proposed commuter train from Auburn to Dixon is still a gleam in a transportation planner’s eye, but that won’t stop someone from cashing in on the idea.

A group of county agencies billing themselves as “Regional Rail” is sponsoring a contest to name the line that will run on existing Union Pacific tracks along Interstate 80 by late 2005 or 2006.

Foothills Area Regional Transit, anyone?



You probably won’t forget that acronym, but you probably wouldn’t want to repeat it at the breakfast table en route to the Bay Area for a business trip.

Whoever picks the winning name will receive an unlimited one-month pass on the Capitol Corridor train between Auburn and Davis, and a place in mass-transit history.




“(The name) Auburn-Dixon Regional Rail Project just isn’t a very catchy name. It just stumbles off the tongue,” said Kim Drake, who’s in charge of compiling suggestions for the system’s name. Deadline for entries is Nov. 24.

So far, the list of names includes Golden Delta Express, Harvest Gold Line, and the Mountain-Dixon Line. One suggestion – Dixon Auburn Rapid Transit (DART) – plays off the Bay Area’s BART, Drake said.

Contests have been held to name at least two regional municipal transportation systems in the past. Stanislaus Regional Transit (START) in Modesto was coined after a similar contest notice appeared in the local newspaper.

A 14-year-old high school student coined the term SMART to name the transit system in San Joaquin County, officials in both jurisdictions said. The San Joaquin County system’s name was changed to the more grammatically correct San Joaquin Regional Transit District in 2000, a spokeswoman said.

At the Gold Country Stage bus stop at Church and Neal streets, Jan Van Meter of Grass Valley suggested “Superflight.”

Makes the train sound fast, she said.

“I came from Sacramento and the light rail system goes real fast, but it’s so crowded,” she said.

Gwen Koch suggested “Sierra Connection.”

Why?

“I don’t know. I used to use the bus all the time,” she said.

To suggest a name for the new Auburn-Dixon rail line, submit entries by Nov. 24 to The Hoyt Company, Attn: Regional Rail Contest, 660 J Street, Suite 444, Sacramento CA 95814

Suggestions can also be e-mailed to


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