Hercules train stop proposal billed as I-80 congestion remedy

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Hercules train stop proposal billed as I-80 congestion remedy

A “practical and affordable” solution to gridlock on Interstate Highway 80 is to add a train stop in Hercules along the existing Capitol Corridor line, according to several local elected officials.

In a recently published opinion piece endorsed by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-11), Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, Hercules Mayor Myrna de Vera and others, the case was made for why a train stop ought to be located along Bayfront Boulevard near Refugio Creek, where a transit hub is being planned along with waterfront housing and offices.

Adding a train stop in Hercules is being called one of several solutions needed to address I-80 congestion that often begins at the junction of I-80 and Highway 4.

Currently, Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin trains make stop in key East Bay cities, passing over Hercules.

The elected officials who endorsed the opinion piece hope to persuade colleagues who make up the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority and San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority to approve the Hercules train stop.

The project would be relatively low-cost, they stated.

“The train already goes up and down the I-80 corridor; it just doesn’t stop where most of the congestion starts, particularly in the morning and afternoon peak periods,” according to the opinion piece.

For more information on the proposal, check out a project advocacy site at HerculesTrainStop.com.

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