Iron Horse trail section will link workers with BART

An East Bay Regional Park extension of the Iron Horse Trail in Pleasanton that will  link the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station with many local destinations was officially started at a ceremony held May 1 on the Kaiser Permanente campus in Hacienda Business Park in Pleasanton.
“This 1.5 mile trail segment is of extraordinary value to the business community and major employers like Kaiser Permanente and the other 4,000 workers located at Hacienda Business Park, said East Bay regional Park District Director Ayn Wieskamp. “It is a significant investment in the green transportation of our community. And it is an excellent example of local public agencies working collaboratively towards a common goal.”
The paved pedestrian and bicycle trail link provides a safe, non-motorized route for adults and kids to travel between schools, homes, work and shopping. It is located primarily within the former Southern Pacific (SP) Railroad right-of-way established in 1891 and abandoned in 1977. In 1998 a license agreement was entered into by and between EBRPD and Alameda County for the purpose of constructing a trail within this right-of-way.
When completed, the trail will offer a continuous multi-use pathway extending from Martinez on the Carquinez Strait to the San Joaquin County line near the Altamont Pass. This trail as the second EBRPD project funded by a $10M U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER II grant, hard-won with the support of East Bay congressional representatives.
The $4.2 million project is part of the East Bay Green Transportation Initiative funded by:
  • US Department of Transportation’s TIGER II grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery II)
  • East Bay Regional Park District Measure WW park bond
  • Caltrans EEM (Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation) program
  • Alameda County Transportation Commission
  •  City of Pleasanton