The Intermodal Transit Center will combine several modes of public transportation (train and bus, with a possible ferry link in the future) in one convenient Waterfront location (along Bayfront Boulevard near Refugio Creek). Design of the train infrastructure improvements – track alignment, signals, pedestrian walkway, center-boarding platform and station structure–is nearly complete.
The City is working with a Project Team made up of stakeholders involved in the project including HDR and BKF, architects, engineers, developer and transit operators. The Team meetings are ongoing, and provide valuable and necessary feedback.
In addition to the rail, and bus improvements, and a possible ferry terminal, an additional 1,300 homes are proposed to be located in the Waterfront as well as commercial, office, and live-work units. The transit center will be easily accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians as well, particularly via the Bay Trail, which will connect to Pinole and Rodeo.
The cost of the Intermodal Transit Center and all related infrastructure improvements is estimated at $81M. This transit-oriented development will be the largest in California!
As of this May 2015 update, the first phase, the $11.3M Bay Trail, is under construction and 65% completed. This phase is clearing the way for 3,000 feet of new passenger station track north of the future station by installing 2 tiered, parallel retaining walls. 3,000 feet of new multi-purpose Bay Trail is being installed in the benched area created between the 2 retaining walls and when completed will provide panoramic views of the Bay. This phase is scheduled to be substantially completed by the summer of 2015.
Construction/Bid documents have been completed for the second phase of the ITC, the $13.8M Path To Transit, and is on schedule to be advertised for bid May 2015. This phase includes the extension of John Muir Parkway, North Channel improvements, Bayfront Boulevard extension over Refugio Creek, and the construction of the Bayfront Bridge. A total of 1,700 linear feet of new streets will be installed that also incorporates bicycle lanes and sidewalks into the overall design. Upon completion this phase will allow for direct access from San Pablo/I-80/Highway 4 to the waterfront and future train station. Staff is working with the regulatory agencies to secure permits that will allow the box culvert in North Channel to be constructed prior to the end of the Fall 2015 permit window so access for road construction can occur over this fall, winter and next spring. The restoration of 1,550 linear feet of Refugio Creek, installation of the parallel Creekside Trail, and construction of Bayfront Bridge would start spring of 2016. The Path To Transit phase is tentatively scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2016.
The funding plan for the Path To Transit is also nearing completion and includes an appropriation of approximately $5.3M in Measure J funding from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), which is scheduled to occur June 2015. City staff is in discussions with WestCat regarding establishing an interim bus stop until the passenger rail station building has been constructed. Staff has received requests for bus service from the surrounding neighborhoods and community. This bus stop will provide the Path To Transit phase immediate regional benefits, which is necessary to receive the full Measure J appropriation. The final funding plan will be brought to Council for review after the June 2015 CCTA Board meeting, at the same time as the recommended award of the construction contract.
The Path To Transit phase will assist in providing the infrastructure for the Hercules Bayfront Transit Village to move forward. This development component is envisioned to include 1,400 new residential units, office, and retail centered on the ITC. The Hercules Bayfront Transit Village and existing surrounding neighborhoods will synergize with the ITC to create a premier transit-oriented Waterfront District.
The third phase of the ITC, the $16.7M Utility Relocation, will relocate approximately 8,000 lineal feet of Kinder Morgan and Shell fuel lines and fiber optic lines to make room for the new passenger station track. $4.2M has been secured for this phase and staff is proceeding with a federal TIGER grant application to bridge the remaining funding gap.
These first three phases of the ITC are anticipated to be in construction over the next 2-3 years. Two additional phases, Track/Signal Work and Initial Rail Station, must be completed for the passenger train to be able to stop.
A total of $38.8M has been secured for these first five phases and $39.9M more is needed to fully fund them. Regional and grant monies have been secured to date from 14 different funding partners including the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), Caltrans, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Anderson Pacific Development Group, the East Bay Region Parks District (EBRPD), and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).
As a future provider of bus and rail service to Western Contra Costa, the ITC will be a highly valued regional transportation hub. Given the merits of the project as exemplified by the grant funding and project sponsors, staff is confident the ITC will continue to compete competitively for future grant opportunities.
Staff is working with regional transportation agencies to include the future ferry stop in studies and expenditure plans such as West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee’s High Capacity Transit Investment Study and CCTA’s future half cent sales tax measure that will supplant Measure J. These efforts will position the proposed ferry stop to receive funding in the future.