$19 million approved for BART extension

March 23, 2011 7:37:29 PM PDT
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved the allocation of $19 million in bridge toll funds for the BART extension project in east Contra Costa County, MTC spokesman John Goodwin said.

Construction on the $462 million project began in October and is being done in conjunction with a project to widen state Highway 4. The tracks for the BART extension, known as eBART, will be installed in the highway's median.

The 10-mile extension will take passengers from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station to Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch with a station in between at Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg, Goodwin said.

It is scheduled to be open to the public in 2015. "This is a good project, no question, especially given the growth in east county," Goodwin said.