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File #: 2020-8195   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: Transportation Commission
On agenda: 7/22/2020
Title: Discuss the New Transbay Rail Crossing - BART to Alameda
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 NTRC Fact Sheet, 2. Exhibit 2 NTRC 2020-07-22 Presentation
Title

Discuss the New Transbay Rail Crossing - BART to Alameda

Body

Transportation Commission
July 22, 2020
Item 6B
Information

Discuss the New Transbay Rail Crossing - BART to Alameda

Background
The City of Alameda supports a BART station in Alameda as part of the New Transbay Rail Crossing project between San Francisco and Oakland. In 2013, Mayor Marie Gilmore formally requested BART to consider BART to Alameda and to include Alameda in its planning efforts. As part of the City's Transportation Choices Plan outreach effort in 2015, the City conducted a statistically significant public opinion survey to gauge attitudes, and two-thirds of respondents (65 percent) strongly support (47 percent) or support somewhat (18 percent) a BART station in Alameda. Consequently, the Transportation Choices Plan included "BART to Alameda" as one of the long-term projects, and the City Council approved this citywide Plan in January 2018.

Discussion
Attached to this staff report in Exhibits 1 and 2 are a fact sheet and presentation, respectively, on the New Transbay Rail Crossing. At the Transportation Commission meeting, Sadie Graham of BART and Camille Tsao of Capitol Corridor will discuss the process, which begins with finalizing the project concept and alignment, environmental clearance, design and then construction. Construction is expected to be completed in 2040.

BART/Capitol Corridor have not decided on the exact alignment of the New Transbay Rail Crossing, and staff will show in the presentation which alignments have been considered previously by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) that include Alameda. The best potential locations for BART stations in Alameda are the College of Alameda and Alameda Point, which are both considered in MTC's corridor alternatives that connect to Oakland's MacArthur BART station, and are known as the Broadway Corridor and 980 Corridor, respectively.

After reviewing past proposed alignments prepared by BART and c...

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