A long-anticipated project to build a train, ferry and bus terminal in Hercules cleared an important hurdle Thursday when a committee of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority endorsed the city's request for more than $4 million in funds from the Measure J sales tax.
The request next will go before the authority's board March 21.
The appropriation, recommended unanimously Thursday by the authority's Administration and Projects Committee, has two components: $2,162,000 for purchasing right of way for a train station and $2,256,000 for construction directly related to the train station.
The intermodal transit center is supposed to include a bus transfer area, an Amtrak Capitol Corridor train station and a future ferry terminal that would connect Hercules with San Francisco.
The construction money, which the city wants to use for an extension of John Muir Parkway to access the train station, would come with a condition: The city would need to report back to the CCTA if the California Transportation Commission withholds some $10 million in time-sensitive funds committed to the project.
City officials are anxious to show that the project is moving ahead in order to hold onto the state funds.
Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760