Bay Trail Spur
A Bay Trail spur is planned to run from Point Richmond through former Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot and around Point San Pablo to terminate at the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor.
As shown on the map, land ownership is divided between the City of Richmond and Chevron with the exception of Caltrans’ I-580 corridor.
The major obstacle has been the lack of a Bay Trail connection between Point Richmond and Stenmark (formerly Western) Drive on the northern side of I-580.
On Feb. 11, 2015, the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) Oversight Committee voted unanimously to authorize an agreement with Caltrans and $4.65 million for final design and regulatory approvals for the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Project This project includes a Point Molate Bay Trail section on the northern side of I-580 between Marine Street and Stenmark Drive, as well as a barrier-separated bi-directional bicycle and pedestrian route between Marine St. and Castro St. on the south side of the freeway. This is connected with providing an eastbound third motor vehicle travel lane across the Richmond/San Rafael (RSR) Bridge from Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Marin to the Castro St. exit in Richmond. The project also includes a 10-foot wide, moveable barrier separated, bi-directional bicycle and pedestrian Bay Trail on the upper deck of the bridge to connect Contra Costa and Marin Counties. The entire project is expected to be completed October 2017.
Richmond San Rafael Bridge Trail
BATA’s project means that the RSR bridge will join the Golden Gate, Carquinez Straits, Benicia & Dumbarton bridges, as well as the east span of the Bay Bridge, in providing Bay Trail pedestrian and bicyclist access.
The distance across the RSR bridge is comparable to the popular five-mile trail from Emeryville across the east span of the Bay Bridge to its dead end just short of Treasure Island.
However, the RSR bridge will not require a round trip 10-mile journey, because Golden Gate Transit offers bus service between San Quentin and Point Richmond. Residents from throughout the East Bay, as well as San Francisco and San Mateo counties, will be able to reach the Point Molate and RSR Bridge sections of Bay Trail via AC and Golden Gate transit bus connections with the Richmond and El Cerrito del Norte BART stations.
Point Molate Trail
East Bay Regional Park District's (EBRPD) Master Plan calls for completion of the Bay Trail on the San Pablo Peninsula north of I-580. Referring to the map below, the planned route runs through a patchwork of lands owned by Chevron and the City of Richmond. On April 16, 2014, EBRPD and Chevron announced execution of the easement over Chevron lands between I-580 and Pt. Molate Beach. Chevron also has committed to provide a trail easement between the City’s Point Molate and Point San Pablo properties.
On October 17, 2015, EBRPD's Board of Directors approved award of a $740,000 contract to Nichols Consulting Engineers of Richmond for design services, CEQA, permitting, and construction support for 2.5 miles of the San Francisco Bay Trail on the San Pablo Peninsula between the Stenmark Dive exit from I-580 and the northern terminus of the City of Richmond’s Point Molate property. As shown on the map, this includes 1.1 miles of shoreline trail on an easement donated by Chevron plus 1.4 miles on the City’s 411-acre Point Molate property. It is anticipated that the project will be constructed in 2017, in parallel with construction of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge Public Access Project, which includes more than a mile of Bay Trail between Castro St. and Stenmark Drive; however, funds remain to be located for the expected $5 million construction cost. CLICK HERE
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The alignment of the easement between the City’s Point Molate and Point San Pablo properties is more complicated and is still being worked out.
Plans remain to be developed for the Bay Trail from the northern border of Point Molate property thru the City's derelict former Terminal 4 property at Point San Pablo to the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. This will require an easement over Chevron lands between former Termnal 4 and the yacht harbor.
Also see the Point San Pablo Peninsula / Point Molate website