BRENTWOOD -- BART's next stop is Antioch. But, it's next stop after that remains up in the air.
While work continues to extend BART service into East Contra Costa County, officials with the public transit agency met with residents this week to receive thoughts on a possible third station farther east.
About 70 residents stopped into the Brentwood Community Center to vet six locations being studied along Highway 4 for eBART. They are:
BART's board of directors put $300,000 last fall toward studying possible locations for a future third station.
"There are no preconceived notions. We want to find out what should BART do if we are able to secure funding to expand east of Hillcrest," BART director Joel Keller said.
Keller pointed out several times that there is no funding lined up for any environmental studies, station planning or construction. Environmental studies alone could cost at least $5 million, he said.
Information about which station would garner the greatest number of additional riders and other data about
Though arguments were made for all the stations, a majority of those that spoke favored the Mokelumne and Sand Creek options.
Oakley resident Heidi Mayer said she preferred the Laurel option, though she said the Mokelumne option makes more sense geographically.
"(Laurel) is a little too close to Hillcrest," she said.
Several in attendance raised concerns about the amount of crime that BART service would bring, along with the noise that the diesel-powered trains would bring to an area of Brentwood with a handful of housing developments.
"It's inviting all sorts of problems," Brentwood resident Keith Fagerquist said.
Though in support of the expansion and the need for BART, Brentwood resident Gene Clare was among those that bought up "the elephant in the room" -- that East Contra Costa residents have paid decades of taxes for BART with nothing to show for it.
The 10-mile, $463 million project from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station has planned stops at Pittsburg near Railroad Avenue and in Antioch near Hillcrest Avenue. It is scheduled for completion in 2016.
eBART will use diesel-powered trains similar to those in San Diego County, which transit officials say is more fitting for the region's suburban terrain and ridership.
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