The Ventura City Council, which has been considering construction of an Amtrak passenger platform for three years, wants the California Department of Transportation to help finance the project.
Told by Ventura Community Development Director Everett Millais that estimated construction costs have increased from $138,000 to $500,000 since 1986, the council unanimously voted Monday to seek a $250,000 Caltrans matching grant.
In a report to the council, Millais said plans call for a passenger train platform near Harbor Boulevard west of Figueroa Street, across from the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The platform could serve as a commuter stop for Amtrak trains traveling from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles and San Diego.
"The consulting engineer's cost estimate is approximately $500,000," Millais said, adding that construction could not proceed without a sizable grant.
The vote in favor of applying for the grant came with little discussion after Millais said grant applications are due by Oct. 2. In a resolution, the council said it hopes to complete the project by the end of next year.