HERCULES -- A proposed feasibility study on a BART extension to San Pablo, Richmond Hilltop, Pinole and Hercules has become bogged down in procedural issues, with the Planning Commission the latest Hercules body to punt on taking a formal position.

On May 14, the City Council declined to vote on a resolution calling for a study, after a majority expressed concern it could sap funding from a waterfront Intermodal Transit Center for buses, trains and ferries. The May 14 item followed a presentation to the council by BART board member Zakhary Mallett in April.

On May 20, after a similar presentation, the Planning Commission invited Mallett to help draft a revised resolution that would address the council majority's fears. But on June 3, the commission declined to take up a resolution asking the council to "reconsider" its May 14 action, after invoking a legal opinion, attributed to City Attorney Patrick Tang, that "only one of the council members who voted in the prevailing vote" could propose reconsideration.

Actually, the May 14 council resolution to support a BART study never even got to a vote.

Commission Chairwoman Cletia Hart cited concerns regarding the Intermodal Transit Center as another reason to hold off.


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