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Progress on Pleasant Hill BART Bike Station


Avalon, Walnut Creek

The Pleasant Hill BART station leased a corner of the Avalon apartment complex in Walnut Creek directly across from the tracks to put a new self park bike station for 230 bikes which will also offer retail and maintenance services.

From the BART bicycle capital plan:

The bike station at Pleasant Hill will be the first wholly self-park facility to provide retail and maintenance services. It will include a controlled access 230-bike self-park area, which will be accessible 24/7 and an adjacent bike retail/maintenance shop. The retail facility will be staffed each morning, which will also allow bikes to be maintained and parked in the BikeLink area for pick up at the owner’s convenience. BikeLink cards will also be sold there.

 

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I-680 Contra Costa Express Lanes Now Open

Last spring we asked about the impending I-680 express lanes running from Alamo to Dublin and it’s now open and in-effect from 5am – 8pm on weekdays. It’s free for carpools and qualifying clean-air vehicles but a new FasTrak Flex toll tag is required for high occupancy vehicles in which the number of passengers can be set. For solo drivers it will be possible to pay a toll which changes based on traffic conditions. Check out the I-680 express lanes information sheet here. Has anyone had a chance to use the new system? Does it help with traffic? Or does it feel like an additional tax ?

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Walnut Creek Transit Village Parking Garage Construction Begins


Walnut Creek BART Station

Thanks to a reader for sending word about the new Walnut Creek Transit Village at the Walnut Creek BART station. First up is a new BART parking garage. For more information on the transit village, which will feature 600 apartments plus retails shops and restaurants, click here.

From the project website:

Construction of the new parking garage at BART will begin in September 2017 featuring:

  • 900+ parking stalls- 100 more than current capacity
  • Upgraded bus facility
  • New BART police station
  • New passenger drop-off area
  • Enhanced bike and pedestrian paths
  • Artwork by Dan Corson

Prior to building the new garage, access adjustments will be made to the existing BART parking garage and the North parking lot. During this time, there will be temporary closures of access roads and entrances to the existing garage and parking lots.

The project will add 100 additional parking spaces and improve access and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and buses. There will be no loss of parking during construction.

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Canyon Road Bridge Closed in Moraga

Moraga talked about getting a new Canyon Road bridge connecting Oakland over four years ago and since last month it is now permanently closed due to structural weakness. Is this poor planning or just typical bureaucracy at work?

From the original project:

In May 2013, the Town submitted an application for Federal Highway Bridge Program funding for the bridge replacement and was approved. Following approval from Caltrans, the Town retained a civil engineering consulting firm to provide design, surveying, geotechnical engineering, environmental, and right of way services to the Town. In October 2013, the Town Council awarded a contract to NV5 to provide these services.

A third and final community outreach meeting is anticipated prior to the start of construction to inform the community of the plan for construction staging and to introduce the construction management team, who will be on-site during construction and available for any questions throughout the duration of the project while in construction. Construction is currently scheduled for 2018.

From the new bridge closure page:

On Monday April 17, 2017, Town staff was notified by EBMUD that their engineers had observed conditions that may affect the Canyon Road Bridge. Town staff responded to the bridge and saw a separation of the pavement from the south side of the bridge and soil movement away from a cement abutment at the southeast corner of the bridge.

The bridge reopening timeline is yet to be determined, but could still take months to get all permits approved; stabilization work completed; the existing bridge demolished; and a temporary bridge purchased, delivered, and built.

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BART Running until 3 am on New Year’s Eve

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Special service to and from San Francisco starts at 8 pm 

Let BART help you ring in the New Year! BART will extend service on New Year’s Eve to get you home safely from festivities. BART will run a normal weekday evening service schedule which will extend until 3 am.  Trains will run every 20 minutes after midnight with extra trains standing by in downtown San Francisco after the fireworks show.

To further ease platform crowding at our busiest stations, Embarcadero, Montgomery, and West Oakland, beginning at 8 pm, BART will utilize a “skip-stop” train pattern into and out of San Francisco:

Going into San Francisco- After 8pm:

•    Trains from the Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond lines heading into San Francisco will not stop at Embarcadero Station. The San Francisco stop closest to the fireworks show for customers on the Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond lines will be Montgomery Street Station.

After the fireworks end:
•    Passengers bound for Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond must use Montgomery Street Station. Trains on these lines will not stop at Embarcadero Station on their way out of San Francisco.

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No BART Service between SF & East Bay on Sept. 5th, 6th & 7th

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From BART:

The dates and times of the track closures are as follows:

Date                             Track Work Times
September 5-7              From the end of service Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday (reminder, Monday is a holiday and BART will operate on a Sunday schedule). Regular train service will resume for the Tuesday morning commute.

BART is encouraging travelers to plan ahead, avoid unnecessary transbay travel, or to find alternate means of transportation across the Bay during Labor Day weekend. BART will close the West Oakland Station and will not run trains between West Oakland and Embarcadero stations on September 5,6, &7th, while we repair a critical section of track near the Transbay Tube.