HERCULES -- Apparently undaunted by some recent setbacks, BART board member Zakhary Mallett will make his pitch for a northward BART extension to the Hercules Planning Commission Monday.

The Hercules City Council declined this week to endorse a study when a majority raised concern that it could take momentum away from Hercules' long-planned Intermodal Transit Center for buses, trains and ferries along the waterfront. Last week, the Richmond City Council said it would only endorse a study of an alignment north from Richmond BART rather than from El Cerrito Del Norte along the Interstate 80 corridor. Richmond Planning Director Richard Mitchell, who lives in Hercules and is a Hercules Planning Commissioner, has warned that extending BART from El Cerrito Del Norte would isolate and downgrade the downtown Richmond station.

Mallett said Friday he was encouraged when Hercules Mayor John Delgado, at the conclusion of his council's discussion this week, said: "Perhaps, in the future, if circumstances change, we certainly would like to take another look at it."

The Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. in the Hercules City Council chamber, 111 Civic Drive.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760 or tlochner@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner



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