A study of high-capacity transit options, including a possible northward BART extension along the congested Interstate 80 corridor, has won the endorsement of the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee, according to a news release from BART District 7 Director Zakhary Mallett.

The next step is for WCCTAC's staff to work with the staffs of local transit agencies to define the scope and seek funding for a study, which would look not only at a possible BART extension but also enhanced express bus service and other rail options such as light rail and diesel multiple-unit trains like those that will be used on eBART in eastern Contra Costa.

Once a scope is established and funding secured, the issue would go back before the advisory committee for approval.

The advisory committee, which met Friday, is made up of council members of West County's five cities, a county supervisor, and board members of AC Transit, WestCAT and BART, which is represented by Mallett, whose district covers most of West Contra Costa.

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



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