I-680 toll lane plans in­clude changes at High­way 84 exit

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QWhat im­prove­ments are planned at the point the north In­ter­state 680 ex­press lane ends near the High­way 84 exit? If a large num­ber of ve­hi­cles in the left ex­press lane need to merge across three stopped lanes of traf­fic to exit at 84, it seems like the en­tire ex­press lane will grind to a halt. Do plans ad­dress this likely bot­tle­neck? Mark An­to­nioli, Alamo

AOh, yes. The north­bound ex­press lane will end at Calav­eras Road, south of where traf­fic go­ing to Liver­more will exit at Val­lecitos Road. There will be about 1,000 feet for peo­ple to get out of the ex­press lane and move to right if ex­it­ing to Liver­more.

And they’re re­vamp­ing the 84- 680 in­ter­change to pro­vide a twolane off ramp from north 680 to 84 to­wards Liver­more. The cur­rent aux­il­iary lane will be ex­tended by about 1,000 feet.

QI moved to Fre­mont in 2011. At that time a con­struc­tion project had al­ready be­gun at the Union City BART sta­tion. It’s now 2018 and the project still isn’t fin­ished. They built new emer­gency ex­its on one of the plat­forms, but then cov­ered them with wall­board to make sure they couldn’t be used. They in­stalled new fare gates on the west side of the sta­tion, then roped them off with cau­tion tape to make it look like a crime scene.

They ren­o­vated and re­opened the re­strooms. Un­for­tu­nately, even that is a mixed bless­ing. While the re­strooms were un­der con­struc­tion there were porta- pot­ties out­side the sta­tion. Now that the re­strooms inside the sta­tion have re­opened, the home­less have gone back to us­ing the bike lock­ers for their re­stroom. Roughly once a year some­one comes along and clean the fe­ces off the lock­ers, but most of the time they are pretty dis­gust­ing.

What are they building at the Union City sta­tion, why did work stop and when will it fin­ish? Tim Bosser­man, Fre­mont

ABART un­veiled the new east en­trance at the Union City Sta­tion in March of last year to pro­vide peo­ple with a di­rect path into the sta­tion. How­ever, an at- grade pedes­trian cross­ing must be built and land for that is con­trolled by Union Pa­cific Rail­road.

The en­trance will not be avail­able to pedes­tri­ans un­til Union City com­pletes its agree­ment with U- P and the new cross­ing is in­stalled. Union Pacif ic has ac­cepted a de­sign for an at- grade cross­ing and the Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion in De­cem­ber is­sued the per­mit for con­struc­tion. The city is still work­ing out some le­gal de­tails with Union Pa­cific.

BART is also work­ing with Union City to mod­ify the east sta­tion en­trance so it will mir­ror the west en­trance with two es­ca­la­tors and stairs. A con­tract could be ad­ver­tised by the end of sum­mer.

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