The Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) will combine several modes of public transportation (train and bus, with possible ferry service in the future) in one convenient Waterfront location along Bayfront Boulevard near Refugio Creek. Design of the train infrastructure improvements – track alignment, signals, pedestrian walkways, center-boarding platform, and station structure – is nearly complete.
In addition to the rail and bus improvements and a possible ferry terminal, over 1,300 residential new units are proposed to be located in the Waterfront as well as commercial, office, and live-work space. The RITC will be easily accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly via the Bay Trail that connects Hercules to Pinole and Rodeo.
The City is working with a project team of stakeholders including architects, engineers (HDR and BKF), the private developer (Ledcor), and transit operators (Capitol Corridor train, WestCAT bus, and WETA ferry).
The RITC is being constructed in phases, and upon completion, together with the adjacent private development of the Waterfront, will be one of the largest transit-oriented developments in California!
As of July 2018, the first three phases of the RITC are complete:
- Phase I: The $11.3M Bay Trail phase cleared the way for 3,000 feet of new passenger station track north of the future station by installing two tiered, parallel retaining walls, and 3,000 feet of new multi-purpose Bay Trail.
- Phase II: Completed in 2017, the $13.8M Path To Transit phase enabled direct access from San Pablo Avenue/I-80/Highway 4 to the Waterfront and RITC, with an extension of John Muir Parkway, North Channel improvements, Bayfront Boulevard extension over Refugio Creek, and Bayfront Bridge construction. A total of 1,700 linear feet of new streets were installed, including new bicycle lanes and sidewalks, plus Creekside Trail parallel to 1,550 linear feet of Refugio Creek restoration.
- Phase III: The $1.8M West Bay Trail phase added 1,000 feet of multi-purpose path connecting Railroad Avenue to the existing East Bay Regional Park segment of the Bay Trail that connects to Pinole.
The fourth phase of the RITC will relocate approximately 8,000 linear feet of utilities (including Kinder Morgan and Shell fuel lines and fiber optic lines) to make room for the new passenger station track. Following utility relocation, two additional phases, Track/Signal Work and Initial Rail Station, must be completed for the passenger train to be able to stop.
The City has been very successful in garnering federal, state, and regional grants and funds for the RITC. To maximize funding competitiveness and efficiency, prior concepts for the RITC have been redesigned to simplify the station structure and bus access to the transit plaza. These revised improvements provide for a fully-functional and attractive rail station and transit plaza on a more cost-effective basis. For more information on the City's efforts to secure rail service, visit www.herculestrainstop.org.