Tuesday night the Oakley City Council approved an application from Tri Delta Transit to build and operate a Park and Ride Lot. The 2.15-acre project is located just northwest of East Cypress Road, on Main Street.
The Park and Ride Lot will provide current residents a local option to use Park and Ride Lots. Currently, the closest Park and Ride Lots to Oakley are located in Brentwood and Antioch. Park and Ride Lots offer transit riders the ability to park their vehicle for free and ride the bus to various locations in East County as well as to connecting bus routes and BART. There are currently four bus routes that serve Oakley. Bus routes 300, 383, and 391 serve Oakley during the week, and bus route 393 serves Oakley on the weekends. These bus routes are proposed to remain in place until the year 2014, when the Antioch Bart Station is planned to open. Once open, Tri Delta Transit will employ different bus routes to serve the Park and Ride Lot.
The Park and Ride Lot will have a total of 168 parking spaces. Of the total 168 parking spaces, six will be ADA compliant. Future improvements may include covering parking space with solar panels and providing electrical hookups for charging electric cars.
The projects frontage will be improved with curb, gutter, and a meandering sidewalk. The project is will construct Main Street to its full-width along the project frontage, including a raised median with landscaping. The sidewalk that currently exists and stops at the intersection of East Cypress Road and Main Street, in front of Kragen Auto Parts, will be extended to the western edge of the project site. This will provide a safe route for pedestrians to access the bus stops at the Park and Ride Lot.
Construction will start when Highway 4 (Main St) is relinquished to the city. This is scheduled to happen in September.