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City to Host Amtrak Parking Project Meeting

A new parking facility planned for the Martinez Amtrak station will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting Thursday evening.

From the City of Martinez Engineering Department:

You are invited to participate in a project kickoff meeting to discuss parking and access enhancements for the Martinez Amtrak station.

The city has received funding from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority to construct a new parking facility north of the railroad tracks to provide additional parking while conforming to the two existing buildings currently in use. 

The project will also include the design of a future vehicular bridge linking Berrellessa Street to the project site, a new entrance road from Ferry Street/Joe Dimaggio Drive, and a pedestrian bridge crossing the railroad tracks that connects to the existing Amtrak station.

For more information contact Joe Enke at the City of Martinez: (925) 372-3524, jenke@cityofmartinez.org.

What: Meeting to discuss parking and access enhancements for the Martinez Amtrak station
When: Thursday, July 19, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Council chambers,

See attached flyer for details of the project plan.

Have you had problems parking at the Amtrak station? Do you think a new parking structure will help? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Anne Mobley July 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Wow, Paul, my number was way off base. Thanks for setting the record straight.
Lawrence Risner July 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Emily, We have a great train station and it's parking lot is so small that train riders have to use the park parking lot which is almost full during the day with train commuters. I have always thought it would be good to have a parking lot across the tracks in the vacant lot with a pedestrian bridge over the tracks. I am betting it would increase train usage for commuters and also the riders for special events wouldn't have to park in the residential areas or the park lot.
Marshall Cochrane July 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Important element of the agreement: CCTA is willing to explore a “mixed use” concept with the City as long as public transportation funds are not used to construct parking spaces or other improvements for PRIVATE USE.
Chris Kapsalis July 19, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Yes. The empty lot on Alhambra and MAin. The empty lot on Ward Street. The old dentist office and lot, just to name three. There are more. All a short few blocks to the center of downtown.
Glynn Shaffer July 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
They need a direct access to the train station from Alhambra Avenue. I have lived in Martinez for 35 years and had to drive around looking for a way to get to my daughter the station yesterday -- no helpful signs, only one way streets that seemed to block access to the only logical way to get there. Can't imagine how people from Concord or Lafayette or San Ramon, who never come to Martinez manage to find the Amtrak station....

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