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Hercules Designated as Candidate Rail Station

Post Date:02/12/2020 4:40 PM

The Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority Board, which operates the Capital Corridor train services took action on February, 12, 2020, to designate Hercules' Regional Intermodal Transportation Center as an official candidate station.  The City press release is available here: https://www.ci.hercules.ca.us/Home/Components/News/News/2915/23

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Capitol Corridor JPA vote gives Hercules the opportunity to pursue funding to complete the station

February 12, 2020

Today, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), which governs the operations of the Capitol Corridor rail service between Sacramento and San Jose, voted to grant Hercules candidate station status, the first step needed to be establish a new train station on the Hercules shoreline. The Hercules Station would be located between the existing Richmond and Martinez stations and be the 19th station served by the Capitol Corridor, which currently operates 30 daily weekday trains and 15 weekend trains.

“We are thrilled and want to thank the Capitol Corridor JPA and staff for supporting the next step for a new train station in Hercules”, stated Mayor Roland Esquivias.  “Our community has worked hard to make this happen for years, and today marks a hallmark day when we can say we are well on our way to a new train station”

The Mayor continues, “East Bay drivers head out the door every day only to come to a grinding halt on I-80. It is consistently ranked the most congested transportation corridor in the Bay Area. Travelers are held hostage during rush hour in both directions, as well as during off-peak hours and on weekends. The impact of congestion on our quality of life and our economy is incalculable, but we all know it is significant.”

I-80 is the primary route for those travelling north and south between Oakland and Sacramento. The weekday peak commute along the corridor is expected to increase 23% by 2040.

Mayor Esquivias added, “Adding a train stop in Hercules on the existing Capitol Corridor line would provide an easy, near-term, low-cost option to driving on I-80. The train already goes up and down the I-80 corridor; it just doesn’t stop where most of the congestion starts, particularly in the am and pm peak periods.”

 The City of Hercules is working to create the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, a federal, state and locally supported transportation hub that would connect this new train stop with bicycle, pedestrian, bus, and carpool service, and provide ferry service in the future. The Center would also be located within walking distance to both jobs and housing.

This project would significantly improve transportation options at the junction of I-80 and Highway 4, where commute congestion often begins. Construction to date has been completed with federal, state and local funds.

In addition to serving as a stop along the Amtrak-operated Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin routes, the transportation center will act as a central point for many vital transit options, including:

  • Train services linking West Contra Costa County to the rest of the Bay Area and the Sacramento Region.
  • Connections with local and regional buses;
  • Interconnection between the extensive San Francisco Bay Trail and Ridge Trail;
  • Potential ferry connection to San Francisco;
  • Connectivity to Richmond BART; and
  • Park and ride carpool programs. 

The project also would provide an environmentally sustainable solution to addressing congestion on I-80. By reducing the number of cars and trucks on the road, it would contribute less air pollution, energy use, and fuel consumption.

For more information, press only:

David Biggs, City Manager
510-799-8216
dbiggs@ci.hercules.ca.us

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This is an important step in helping the City to secure the grant funds needed to complete the planned rail station and related improvements.   

The first three phases of the project, which sets the stage for rail service,  have already been completed and were funded by a variety of Federal, State and local grant sources.

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