Below is the text of the agenda report accompanying a proposed resolution of the Richmond City Council that would support a BART study of a possible extension of service in West Contra Costa north of El Cerrito and Richmond.

City of Richmond

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT

DATE: May 7, 2013

TO: Mayor McLaughlin and Members of the City Council

FROM: Councilmember Tom Butt

SUBJECT: RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE STUDY OF wBART: A BART OR ALTERNATIVE RAIL EXTENSION IN WEST CONTRA COSTA:

STATEMENT OF THE ISSUE:

BART Director for District 7, Zakhary Mallett, is requesting that the Richmond City Council support a study to explore the extension of the wBART line to San Pablo, Richmond's Hilltop, Pinole and Hercules.

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

ADOPT a resolution in support of the proposed study of wBART: A BART or alternative rail extension in West Contra Costa County.

FINANCIAL IMPACT OF RECOMMENDATION:

There is no financial impact related to this item at this time.

DISCUSSION:

Background

Zakhary Mallett, BART Director for District 7, requested that the City of Richmond City Council consider a resolution of support for the study of wBART. Thus far, the cities of San Pablo and Pinole have adopted similar resolutions and Mr. Mallett is seeking to garner the support of all of the West Contra Costa cities directly impacted by the wBART proposal.

Proposed wBART Study


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The proposed wBART study would examine potential routes, terminals and the feasibility for extending BART north along the Interstate 80 corridor to San Pablo,

Richmond Hilltop, Pinole, and perhaps to Hercules and beyond. In the past few decades, BART has extended the line along every leg of service with the exception of

this wBART stretch. According to Mr. Mallett, if approved, the study would take approximately 18 months to conduct.

Justification for wBART: Provide needed public transportation to the local population and to reduce traffic congestion along I-80 corridor.

West Contra Costa County has the highest concentration of low-income and transit depend residents in Contra Costa County. Mr. Mallett cites the fact that approximately 60% of the passengers at El Cerrito Del Norte are from north of Richmond and El Cerrito, as just one of many indications for the need to extend wBART. A full study of wBART would enable BART to determine the full extent of the need and possible impact of extending BART.

Additionally, the extension of the wBART would provide an alternative travel mode to the Interstate 80, one of the region's most congested travel corridors.

Supporting City Goals and Plans:

The General Plan 2030 contains numerous goals and policy actions in support of providing adequate and equitable access to public transportation to local residents and to work with regional transportation organizations to improve overall transit in the area.

Supporting goals, policies and actions:

Circulation

GOAL CR1 An Expanded Multimodal Circulation System

Make conditions safer and more attractive for all modes of transportation including travel by foot and bicycle, public transit and automobiles. Evaluate streets and potential enhancements based on surrounding land use, street function and desired character and by relying on the place-based approach to circulation planning articulated in this General Plan. Take potential improvement measures ranging from physical design treatment of the street environment to social and programmatic responses appropriate to the particular street context.

Policy CR1.1 Balanced Modes of Travel and Equitable Access

Encourage multiple circulation options in the City and work with transit operators to ensure equitable access for all members of the community. Create streets and corridors that support a variety of travel modes including transit, pedestrians, bicycles and goods movement as well as automobiles. Provide affordable circulation options which meet the needs of low-income populations, seniors, youth and persons with disabilities to ensure equitable access.

Policy CR1.3 Local and Regional Transportation Linkages

Enhance circulation linkages within the City and region. The City will work with regional transportation agencies such as AC Transit, BART, West Contra Costa Transit Agency, and Amtrak to provide or improve connections to Richmond's key transportation hubs such as the proposed ferry terminal in Marina Bay, the Downtown Intermodal Transit Station, Hilltop Mall, the shoreline and commercial and mixed-use streets. Collaborate with regional, state and federal transportation agencies and neighboring jurisdictions to support a high level of service for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobile drivers.

Growth Management

GOAL GM1 Coordinated Land Use and Transportation Planning

Promote mixed-use, high-density infill development and investment around transit hubs and along transit corridors to maximize the efficient use of available land and

infrastructure in the City and the region. Coordinate with neighboring cities, Contra Costa County and regional transportation agencies to manage growth and minimize regional impacts.

Policy GM1.3 Regional Transportation Planning

Participate in ongoing multi-jurisdictional regional transportation planning efforts by participating in efforts sponsored by the West Contra Costa County Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC), the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA).

Action GM2. B Regional Development Mitigation

Support regional development mitigation measures consistent with the Countywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which funds regional transportation projects,

community facilities and infrastructure for planned and proposed development. Continue to participate in the West Contra Costa County Subregional Transportation Mitigation Program (STMP) community facilities and infrastructure for planned and proposed development.

DOCUMENTS ATTACHED:

Resolution

Below is the text of a proposed resolution of the Richmond City Council to support a BART study on a possible extension of service to West Contra Costa County north of El Cerrito and Richmond

RESOLUTION NO.

RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA IN SUPPORT OF THE STUDY OF WBART: A BART OR ALTERNATIVE RAIL EXTENSION IN WEST CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

WHEREAS, the communities of West Contra Costa County have paid into the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for more than forty (40) years and not benefited wholly from BART services; and

WHEREAS, West Contra Costa County is the densest sub-region of Contra Costa County; and

WHEREAS, the West Contra Costa County sub-region has the highest count and share of local residents who are low-income and/or transit-dependent in Contra Costa County; and

WHEREAS, the Interstate 80 corridor has been rated the most-congested travel corridor in the San Francisco Bay Area region for more than a decade by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC); and

WHEREAS, more than 14,000 cumulative hours are wasted in traffic each weekday on Interstate 80 between Crockett and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge; and

WHEREAS, it is projected that by 2025, 68% of the West Contra Costa County working community will commute to locations outside of West Contra Costa County and 60% of those commuters will commute to destinations in Berkeley, Oakland, or San Francisco; and

WHEREAS, with more than 8,000 average weekday riders, the El Cerrito del Norte BART station is the most-congested regional transfer station in the BART network and second most-congested home origin station of the East Bay; and

WHEREAS, nearly 60% of the riders at the El Cerrito del Norte BART station live north of both El Cerrito and Richmond; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the council of the City of Richmond, California finds that the existing public transit infrastructure that serves West Contra Costa County commuters is insufficient at meeting both existing and future travel needs.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the council of the City of Richmond, California provides its support and approval of a wBART study for a BART or alternative rail extension from the Richmond station as the preferred option that may serve the communities of San Pablo, Richmond's Hilltop, Pinole, and Hercules.