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 property ownership map (Acrobat.PDF), this land is owned by Chevron and the City of Richmond 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 I-580 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 part of providing an eastbound third motor vehicle travel lane across the Richmond/San Rafael (RSR) Bridge from Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Marin to Marine Street in Richmond. It 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 project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018, although the Bay Trail on the upper deck of the bridge could be completed about six months earlier. CLICK HERE to view the BATA staff report and Power Point presentation.
Planned Trail on North Side of I-580
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.
Planned Trail across RSR Bridge
East Bay Regional Park District's (EBRPD's) Master Plan calls for completion of the Bay Trail on the San Pablo Peninsula north of I-580.
Funding is available from $4.45 million in voter-approved Measure WW funds for design and construction, and there is $0.5 million in Measure CC for operating the trail.
Referring to the Bay Trail Easement map, the planned route runs through a patchwork of lands owned by Chevron and the City of Richmond. Chevron has agreed to convey to EBRPD 1.6 miles of trail easements shown as dark green dashed lines.
On April 16, 2014, EBRPD and Chevron announced execution of the easement over Chevron lands between I-580 and Pt. Molate Beach.
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.
Chevron Shoreline Trail Easement
EBRPD and the City of Richmond are exploring a partnership to complete the intervening 1.4 miles of Bay Trail along the shoreline of the City of Richmond's former Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot . Plans remain to be developed for construction of the Bay Trail on the City's derelict former Terminal 4 property at Point San Pablo when another easement will be needed over Chevron land to reach the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor.
Also see the Point San Pablo Peninsula / Point Molate website