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Norris Canyon HOV ramp opponents say they'll fight all such ramps

Hope to draw Danville residents, state and federal officials into the fight

At their Thursday night meeting, opponents of the Norris Canyon HOV/bus lane project said they hope to stop not only that project, but all the others like it.

They've started a petition that they want to bring to San Ramon City Council, but also want residents of Danville to step up to fight a similar project planned for Sycamore Road.

"This is not a San Ramon petition," Jeff Rackmil, one of the organizers of the opponents' group told a crowd of about 70 people. "It is a very regional and statewide issue."

Many in the crowd offered suggestions on how to fight the plan, which would cost an estimated $102 million to build on- and off-ramps to allow car poolers and buses to go directly onto and off of the HOV lane from Norris Canyon and Interstate 680.

One man said local officials won't have enough clout to stop the project. He said the fight needs to be taken to state and federal officials as well.

"That's the only way we're going to stop this," he said.

Meanwhile, locals are hoping City Council members will change their minds about -- and their support of -- the project.

Jim Gibbon, the man who began the fight, is hoping the new makeup of City Council will see their point of view.

Rackmill said City Council will be the first stop in the battle.

"We just have to do this step by step," Rackmill said. He told the crowd the opposition is not a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) issue.

"We would be saying the same thing for any other community," Rackmill said. "This is a 680 corridor issue."

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Jan 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

I am hoping the opponents prevail. This is yet another step toward privatizing and segregating public roads for monetary gain, no doubt with the hope that this same lane will become another toll section in the near future. This is not New Jersey. And we do not need an off-ramp a mere 1/3 from Crow Canyon. Enough already.


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Posted by danville resident
a resident of Danville
on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

Totally agree with you. I would hope Danville gets involve as well. We are a community and we should help each other.


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Posted by Andrew Weiss
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

We've put together a Facebook page with links to relevant issues:

Web Link

CCTA has Sycamore Valley on the list for this as well, will it be next?


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Posted by Mark
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

Where can I sign the petition? ... other than Facebook? Thanks!


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