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