The East Bay Regional Park District is extending the Iron Horse Trail from Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station to Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton with a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony May 1, noon to 1 p.m. The ceremony is on the Iron Horse Regional Trail at the Kaiser Permanente Campus, 5820 Owens Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588.
Key officials include East Bay Regional Park District Board Member Ayn Wieskamp and General Manager Robert E. Doyle; Jerry Thorne, Pleasanton Mayor; Scott Haggerty, Supervisor, District 1, Alameda County; John McPartland, BART Director; Kareen Knowles, Kaiser Permanente Associate Medical Group Administrator.
This 1.5 mile extension of the Iron Horse Trail from Santa Rita Rd to the Pleasanton/Dublin BART Station closes a gap and will complete the Iron Horse Trail through Pleasanton.
The trail link provides a safe, non-motorized route for adults and kids to travel between schools, homes, work and shopping, and connects the BART station and major corporate business offices and employment centers in Pleasanton, such as Kaiser Permanente in the Hacienda Business Park.
The trail is a paved pedestrian and bicycle trail 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 $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