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City Council to discuss Iron Horse Overcrossing Project on Tuesday

Original post made on Nov 28, 2017

The San Ramon City Council is set to hold a public hearing and consider approving the environmental review for the city's Iron Horse Trail Bicycle/Pedestrian Overcrossing Project Tuesday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 27, 2017, 4:44 PM

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Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 28, 2017 at 9:04 am

Thank you for another great article and especially for including the written comment of a citizen.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm

I strongly agree with San Ramon resident Brian Swanson, critiquing the project as focused on making an "architectural statement" as opposed to being "user-oriented." "I believe the Bollinger Canyon Road overcrossing is over-designed, especially given its purpose,"

These elaborate & thus overly expensive architecturally styled set of bridges were intended by City Council to "make a Statement"; the only statement being made here is of their wasteful spending of tax dollars; they erroneously consider potential "grant money" as "free money", however these are funded, waste is waste.

San Ramon does not need a mini-model of the Golden Gate Bridge!


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Posted by Herman Glates
a resident of Danville
on Nov 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Herman Glates is a registered user.

As I recall, these bike bridges are estimated to cost $14 million bucks.

Nice…

You San Ramon people must be loaded. Must be nice having all that extra money lying around.

Oh wait…that’s right…you guys aren’t actually paying for it all by yourselves.

The City of San Ramon will pay $2 million bucks.

Where does the rest of the money come from?

$4.8 million comes from OBAG 2, which is a slush fund from the Federal Government. The Feds take taxpayer money and then give it back to the politically connected if you do what they say. In this case, the Feds give it to the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which uses OBAG funds to “reward” cities and counties that approve new stack and pack ghetto housing construction.

$7.5 million comes from Contra Costa County, which gets the money from Contra Costa taxpayers via Measure J funds. This is the same fund that is used to pay for things like road repair, I-680 improvements, etc. So if the County runs out of money to fix potholes, etc., just remember, at least you got these nice bike bridges.

Here’s some ideas…

Get the Federal Government OUT of the local decision making process. The Federal Government should stop worrying about things like whether or not cities like San Ramon have bike bridges. Shrink the size of the Federal Government.

And the next time Contra Costa County proposes raising taxes to pay for things like new roads and road repair, make it conditional on getting rid of wasteful projects like bike bridges that cost $7 million apiece.

Finally, if cities want new bike bridges, then make them pay for it themselves. Maybe then they will decide $14 million is better spent elsewhere, or not at all.


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