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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 26

Meeting Date: April 10, 2001

Subject/Title: Approve Resolution supporting the proposed eBART rail service in East County

Submitted by: Mitch Oshinsky, AICP, Community Development Director

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager



RECOMMENDATION
Approve Resolution supporting the proposed eBART rail service in East County

PREVIOUS ACTION
None

BACKGROUND
The City of Brentwood General Plan Circulation Element sets forth the following goals and policies related to promoting rail transit planning and development:

Transportation Alternatives: Reduce traffic and air pollution by promoting viable alternatives to single occupant automobile travel.

Rail Transit: Encourage direct rail transit service for Brentwood, including the extension of BART and use of Southern Pacific Railroad tracks.

Regional Study: Participate in regional study efforts on rail service for far East County.

Station Siting: Identify potential rail station locations.

BART Director Joel Keller recently presented conceptual plans for an eBART extension into East County to the Brentwood City Council.

The City Council then directed the Brentwood Community Development Director to meet with BART planners to coordinate on the study of potential rail station locations and surrounding area land use planning.

On March 8, 2001, I met with Ellen Smith, BART Manager of Strategic and Policy Planning, and Val Minotti, also of BART to discuss the above mentioned BART planning matters. We had an excellent meeting and discussed a number of ways to cooperate in planning for eBART in Brentwood.

Subsequently, the attached letter was received from Federal Glover and Joel Keller, requesting the City Council’s support by adoption of a resolution of support for eBART.

RESOLUTION NO. 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD SUPPORTING THE PROPOSED eBART RAIL SERVICE IN EASTERN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY


WHEREAS, the existing 95 mile BART system currently provides more than 90 million passenger trips serving 3 million residents of the three county BART district and there is a significant need to meet the growing demand for transit in Eastern Contra Costa County.

WHEREAS, the Route 4 corridor between Brentwood and Concord is one of the most congested in the Bay Area.

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood General Plan Circulation Element sets forth the following goals and policies related to promoting rail transit planning and development:

Transportation Alternatives: Reduce traffic and air pollution by promoting viable alternatives to single occupant automobile travel.

Rail Transit: Encourage direct rail transit service for Brentwood, including the extension of BART and use of Southern Pacific Railroad tracks.

Regional Study: Participate in regional study efforts on rail service for far East County.

Station Siting: Identify potential rail station locations.

WHEREAS, BART Director Joel Keller recently presented conceptual plans for an eBART extension into East County to the Brentwood City Council.

WHEREAS, the City Council directed the Brentwood Community Development Director to meet with BART planners to coordinate on the study of potential rail station locations and surrounding area land use planning.

WHEREAS, on March 8, 2001, the Community Development Director met with Ellen Smith, BART Manager of Strategic and Policy Planning, and Val Minotti, also of BART to discuss the above mentioned BART planning matters.

WHEREAS, operating rail service on existing lightly used freight lines is an attractive transportation alternative that delivers high quality transit to Eastern contra Costa County.

WHEREAS, eBART is an appropriate match for travel demand along the corridor.

WHEREAS, eBART would use lightweight, self-propelled diesel multiple-unit rail vehicles with a 135 person seating capacity and up to 75 miles per hour maximum speed.

WHEREAS, eBART would connect at either the North Concord/Martinez or Pittsburg/Bay Point BART stations and would proceed to Brentwood via the Union Pacific owned Moccoco line and could potentially be extended to the City of Tracy.

WHEREAS, new stations could be established in Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood and possibly Tracy.

WHEREAS, service frequency could be 15-20 minutes during peak periods and will be timed to meet BART trains and there will be supplemental off-peak service.

WHEREAS, in keeping with BART’s “Smart Growth” policies, BART and local agencies should promote both residential and employment based Transit Oriented Development (TOD) around stations.

WHEREAS, the estimated capital cost to build eBART, excluding track purchase, is approximately 100 to 200 million dollars.

WHEREAS, it will take approximately 3 to 4 years after funding has been secured to implement eBART.

WHEREAS, eBART will provide local economic benefits by potentially attracting employers to East Contra Costa County as well as providing employment opportunities for East County residents in train maintenance and operations.

WHEREAS, on February 8, 2001, TRANSPLAN supported the expenditure of $250,000 to study the eBART proposal.

WHEREAS, eBART is an interim step towards the ultimate extension of the existing BART system in Eastern Contra Costa County.

WHEREAS, no investments in or development of eBART shall preclude the ability to eventually extend the existing BART system in Eastern Contra Costa County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood expresses our strong support for the further study and implementation of the eBART project as a rapid, integrated, cost effective and reliable transit option for Eastern Contra Costa County.

PASSED AND ACCEPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at their regular meeting of April 10, 2001 by the following vote:

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