San Ramon seeks input on Iron Horse Trail designs
Original post made on Mar 13, 2013
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on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:25 am
Better be cautious with Trail "improvements." Here is information from the County website regarding the trail:
Continued Use & Future Plans
The East Bay Regional Park District today continues to operate and maintain the trail under a license granted by Contra Costa County. The Iron Horse Trail now extends further north than the Iron Horse Corridor purchased by the County from Southern Pacific. The trail also is being extended further south and east in Alameda County.
The Iron Horse Corridor today stands as an example of a rail to trail conversion. Unresolved is the question of whether the rails will return. To comply with the terms of the state grants it received, Contra Costa County must avoid building or planting anything that would impair its ability to build a rail system in the future.
Currently, there is no project in the works to build a rail line along the Iron Horse Corridor, nor is there funding for it.
Source: Web Link
on Mar 15, 2013 at 9:05 am
Really! There's a strong need and desire for "rest areas" along the trail?
Where are the correctly done statistics to PROVE that?
Most people on the trail are MOVING, not stopping. They are going somewhere. They bring their own water. If they need rest, they stop for a moment, then move on. Or they pull off at some restaurant, etc..
If you build Rest Areas, then won't teens use them to congregate at night and do some drinking, etc., away from city lights. I can see these sites becoming trouble-some in a number of ways....and harder to patrol.
I'm just saying how many people really want these Rest Areas at a cost of $______ per site?
How many sites are we talking about?
And what is the projected cost per site (at governmentally inflated construction rates)?
And what is the on-going annual maintenance cost per site?
Smarter to start with ONE SITE and see how it goes.
on Mar 15, 2013 at 9:18 am
Oh, I see. They got the grant money burning in their pocket! Want to spend it!
Well, OVERPASSES over major streets is a good idea (as long as there is still access to those streets as well).