PITTSBURG -- A future eBART station here will now be considered as part of the transit agency's initial push into East Contra Costa.
Pittsburg modified an agreement with BART last month, agreeing to pay $500,000 for design plans of the station near Railroad Avenue. Previously, that money was offered to BART as an incentive to complete the station by 2020.
"The hope is that, maybe if the bids come out right, it will be possible to be build the Pittsburg station with the first phase," City Manager Joe Sbranti said.
All told, Pittsburg plans to commit $2.5 million to the project by the end of the year.
"It shows that Pittsburg is serious by stepping up and putting forth a lot of resources to make this happen," BART board director Joel Keller said. "If the money can be found, that would be terrific."
Officials from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Commission and BART met with the city in December, stressing the regional importance of completing the station to increase ridership, Vice Mayor Sal Evola said.
BART studies estimate there would be about 8,400 daily trips with the Hillcrest station alone by 2030, but 10,100 with both Railroad and Hillcrest stations.
Both transportation groups agreed to put in $500,000 apiece to fully fund the design work.
Having design documents drawn up when BART goes to bid for the rails project, likely in 2015, means that the station can be considered, Sbranti said.
There's a chance that if the contract bid comes in under budget, the station could be included.
"It puts it in play," said Keller, though he cautioned the cost estimates likely will have little wiggle room.
"We really won't know until the final bid is awarded. There are a lot of unknowns."
The Pittsburg station, which is considered an infill station, is estimated to cost from $12 million to $15 million. At this point, money is in place only for the Antioch station, Keller said.
Pittsburg put $800,000 toward grading and foundation work last year, so the track wouldn't have to be torn up for station construction.
Pittsburg plans to pay an additional $1.2 million to BART for non-station related costs by the end of the year to cover its regional commitment as a former member of the East Contra Costa Regional Fee and Financing Authority.
The $462 million eBART project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Work continues on a transfer platform east of the Pittsburg-Bay Point station and a parking lot and maintenance facility east of the Antioch site.
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