Delta Regional Group
"Transportation Expansion Projects in East Contra Costa"
Thursday, September 24, 7:15 pm, Antioch Library, 501 West 18th Street, Antioch.
Transportation is one of the top concerns for East County residents. No one wants to encounter congestion on their regular driving route, but we also have to recognize that highway expansions typically encourage sprawl development - destroying our precious open space and wildlife habitat and bringing more congestion in their wake.
And a lot of changes are happening in East County transportation. The Pittsburg/Antioch section of Highway 4 ranks among the top Bay Area congestion hot spots. The Highway 4 Bypass was finally completed last September to improve the flow of traffic for Antioch, Oakley, and Brentwood. The next big transportation project will be the widening of Highway 4, first from Loveridge Road to Somersville Road in Pittsburg and later from Somersville Road to Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch. Also in planning is the extension of the BART system beyond the Pittsburg/Bay Point station via eBART, a cheaper light-rail system, which will run from Bay Point to Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch using self-propelled diesel rail cars. New stations are planned for Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg and Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch. Already Pittsburg and Antioch are studying their proposed new station sites, focusing on transit-oriented development (TOD).
For the Delta Group's next general meeting, we will hear from staff of District 5 county Supervisor Federal Glover and some of the cities and agencies involved (BART and Contra Costa Transportation Authority are confirmed; we hope also to hear from the cities of Antioch and Pittsburg), to bring us up-to-date on transportation projects in our community. Please join us, and bring your questions and comments to share in the planning process.
Group program meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday or Wednesday in January, March, May, September, and November, unless otherwise noted. A newsletter listing Delta Group programs, outings, and activities is available by subscription. To receive it send a check for $5, payable to "Sierra Club, Delta Group", to:
51 Danridge Court
Antioch, CA 94509.
For information about Delta Group activities, call Janess Hanson at (925) 458-0860. For information about Delta area environmental concerns, call Tim Donahue at (925) 754-8801.
Upcoming hikes and activities
For details, see the
"Events and Activities" calendar.
Sun., July 5, Martinez Regional Shoreline, 1A sunset walk.
Sat., Aug. 15, Carquinez Scenic Drive, Martinez, 1A sunset walk.
Sun., Aug. 30, Martinez Regional Shoreline, 1A sunset walk.
Sat., Sept. 19, Contra Loma Reservoir, Antioch, shoreline clean-up.
Sun., Sept. 20, Mount Diablo State Park, Mitchell Canyon, 1A walk.