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Contra Costa County Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Corridor Study
Posted on 05/28/2020
Active Transportation Corridor Study

Contra Costa County Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Corridor Study

The Iron Horse Trail (Trail) is one of the largest and oldest multi-use trails in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a treasured community asset. Improving the Trail can provide health, economic, environmental, and transportation benefits throughout the region. The Trail serves as a major regional connector, providing a 32-mile biking and walking corridor for the people of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The majority of the Trail, 22 miles, lies within Contra Costa County (County), which is the focus of the Contra Costa Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Corridor Study (Study). 

 The existing Trail offers a number of opportunities for improvements, including: widening the trail in some areas; separating users to enhance user comfort; improving intersections and crossings; improving access points; increasing wayfinding signage; adding amenities such as landscape, shade, and benches;, and creating connections to existing and planned trail and bicycle networks. In San Ramon, the Trail connects to the Bishop Ranch Business Park, City Center, multiple school sites, San Ramon Transit Center, Retail centers, as well as connections to the City’s bicycle network. 

 In 2019, the County embarked on the Study to explore future opportunities and existing constraints for further developing the active features within the Iron Horse Trail corridor. The County is the lead agency for the Study; however, the Study is being developed collaboratively and includes stakeholders from the Cities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek; Town of Danville; East Bay Regional Park District; Contra Costa Transportation Authority; BART; and local communities and advocacy organizations. The Draft Study can be reviewed online at ihtactive.com. Ultimately, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors will adopt the Final Study, tentatively scheduled for summer 2020.