Hercules station

Last updated
Hercules, CA
Hercules Station site 2750 02.JPG
The proposed station site in October 2012
LocationBayfront Boulevard & Railroad Avenue, Hercules, California
Coordinates 38°01′13″N122°17′13″W / 38.0203°N 122.2869°W / 38.0203; -122.2869 Coordinates: 38°01′13″N122°17′13″W / 38.0203°N 122.2869°W / 38.0203; -122.2869
Owned byCity of Hercules
Operated byWETA & CCJPA
Line(s) UP Martinez Subdivision [1]
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsAiga bus trans.svg WestCat [2]
Ferry symbol.svg San Francisco Bay Ferry
ParkingGarage (proposed)
Bicycle facilitiesyes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeHRC
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward San Jose
Capitol Corridor Martinez
toward Auburn
toward Oakland
San Joaquins Martinez
toward Bakersfield
Hercules station

Hercules station (officially the Hercules Regional Intermodal Transit Center) is a proposed intermodal infill train station and ferry terminal in Hercules, California in Contra Costa County. [3] It is to be the first direct Amtrak-to-ferry transit hub in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be constructed in between the existing Richmond and Martinez stations. [4] [5] [6] By July 2018, three of the station's six construction phases had been complete, including street at Bay Trail approaches.



A rendering of the planned station, released by the city in 2018 Hercules Regional Intermodal Transit Center render.jpg
A rendering of the planned station, released by the city in 2018

The station site at Hercules Point, adjacent to Bayfront Boulevard in Hercules, is the subject of a redevelopment effort of the city of Hercules as an office, residential TOD or Transit-oriented development, and intermodal transit hub with a corresponding WestCat bus station and Water Transit Authority ferry terminal. The buses would provide feeder service from the surrounding communities of Pinole, Rodeo, El Sobrante, Crockett, Tara Hills, and Richmond.


The station will also host a future Amtrak station. The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority granted the station candidate status in February 2020. [7] The governing body of San Joaquin services are studying adding Hercules as an additional stop as of 2020. [8]


The ferry will take approximately 42 minutes to San Francisco. [2] Ridership is projected at 1,022 passengers per day by the year 2025. The route will run between this terminal and the San Francisco Ferry Building where passengers may walk, bike or take Muni or BART to nearby job centers in the city's downtown Financial District.

Transit village

A bike and pedestrian friendly community will be built up around the hub to connect it to existing housing in the nearby Refugio and Central neighborhoods. [9] It will feature 220 live/work dwellings in addition to 490,000 sq. ft. (45,522m²) of office, retail (including restaurants and cafes), and public space. [2]


The money for this project is being coordinated by partnerships and cooperation between the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, the City of Hercules, and WETA. Funds will be collected from various sources including the Federal Ferryboat Discretionary Fund, Contra Costa County Measure J Sales Tax, Transit Impact Fees, and farebox revenue. [2]

Related Research Articles

Richmond, California City in Contra Costa County, California US

Richmond is a city in western Contra Costa County, California, United States. The city was incorporated on August 7, 1905 and has a city council. Located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, Richmond borders the cities of San Pablo, Albany, El Cerrito and Pinole in addition to the unincorporated communities of North Richmond, Hasford Heights, Kensington, El Sobrante, Bayview-Montalvin Manor, Tara Hills, and East Richmond Heights, and for a short distance San Francisco on Red Rock Island in the San Francisco Bay. Richmond is one of two cities, the other being San Rafael, California, that sits on the shores of San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay simultaneously.

Caltrain California commuter rail line

Caltrain is a California commuter rail line on the San Francisco Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley. The northern terminus of the line is in San Francisco at 4th and King Streets; its southern terminus is in San Jose at Diridon Station with rush hour service running as far as Gilroy. Trains leave San Francisco and San Jose hourly during weekdays, and every 90 minutes during weekends, with limited stop service during rush hour running every 20 minutes, and "Baby Bullet" express service running every 30 minutes. Extra trains are often run for special events held in Oracle Park in San Francisco, Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, and SAP Center in San Jose. Caltrain operates 92 weekday trains, six of which extend to Gilroy. Weekday ridership in February 2018 averaged 65,095.

<i>Capitol Corridor</i> Amtrak rail route in California

The Capitol Corridor is a 168-mile (270 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak between San Jose and Auburn, California. Most trains operate between San Jose and Sacramento, roughly parallel to Interstate 880 and Interstate 80. One round trip per day runs from Oakland through the eastern Sacramento suburbs to Auburn, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, while a single weekend round trip runs all the way from San Jose to Auburn. Capitol Corridor trains started in 1991.

WestCAT bus company

WestCAT is a public transportation service in western Contra Costa County. It is a service of the Western Contra Costa Transit Authority.

Intermodal passenger transport the use of two or more modes of transportation in a journey

Intermodal passenger transport, also called mixed-mode commuting, involves using two or more modes of transportation in a journey. Mixed-mode commuting is often used to combine the strengths of various transportation options. A major goal of modern intermodal passenger transport is to reduce dependence on the automobile as the major mode of ground transportation and increase use of public transport. To assist the traveller various intermodal journey planners such as Rome2rio and Google Transit have been devised to help travellers to plan and schedule their journey.

Richmond station (California) Rapid transit and railway station in San Francisco Bay Area

The Richmond Transit Center is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Amtrak station located in Richmond, California. Richmond is the north terminus of BART service on the Richmond–Warm Springs/South Fremont line and Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line; it is a stop for Amtrak's Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin, and California Zephyr routes. It is one of two transfer points between BART and Amtrak, along with Oakland Coliseum station.

Union City station Rapid transit station in San Francisco Bay Area

Union City is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station serving Union City, California. The station sits near Decoto Road east of Alvarado-Niles Road, directly behind James Logan High School's campus. Local bus service is provided by Union City Transit and AC Transit.

Richmond Parkway Transit Center

The Richmond Parkway Transit Center or RPTC is a park and ride lot and bus terminal located in Richmond, California. It is named after the adjacent Richmond Parkway. It serves as a transfer point for the WestCAT and AC Transit. It is located on the corner of Richmond Parkway and Blume Drive near the Pinole border and adjacent to Interstate 80 and the Hilltop Plaza shopping center.

San Jose Diridon station Railway station complex in San Jose, California

San Jose Diridon is the central passenger rail depot for San Jose, California. It also serves as a transit hub for Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley. The station is named after former Santa Clara County Supervisor Rod Diridon.

Transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area

Transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area is reliant on a complex multimodal infrastructure consisting of roads, bridges, highways, rail, tunnels, airports, and bike and pedestrian paths. The development, maintenance, and operation of these different modes of transportation are overseen by various agencies, including the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Association of Bay Area Governments, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. These and other organizations collectively manage several interstate highways and state routes, two subway networks, two commuter rail agencies, eight trans-bay bridges, transbay ferry service, local bus service, three international airports, and an extensive network of roads, tunnels, and bike paths.

Santa Clara station (California) Railway station in Santa Clara, California

The Santa Clara Depot is one of two heavy railway stations in Santa Clara, California. It is served by Caltrain from San Francisco, and is also served by the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) from Stockton. This station is the planned terminal for the Silicon Valley BART extension into Santa Clara County and will be preceded by Diridon/Arena BART station with direct service to San Francisco/Daly City and Richmond.

Oakland Coliseum station Rapid transit and railway station in San Francisco Bay Area

The station complex of Amtrak's Oakland Coliseum station and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)'s Coliseum station is located in the East Oakland area of Oakland, California, United States. The two stations, located about 600 feet (180 m) apart, are connected to each other and to the Oakland Coliseum/Oakland Arena sports complex with an accessible pedestrian bridge.

Sacramento Valley Station

Sacramento Valley Station (SAC) is an Amtrak railway station in the city of Sacramento, California, at 401 I Street on the corner of Fifth Street. It is the seventh busiest Amtrak station in the country, and the second busiest in the Western United States with thousands of riders a day and over a million passengers per year. Today it is served by 38 daily Amtrak and Amtrak California trains and many Amtrak Thruway Motorcoaches. It is also the western terminus of the Sacramento RT Gold Line light rail system and the Route 30 bus serving Sacramento State University.

Martinez station railway station in Martinez, California

Martinez station is an Amtrak passenger train station in Martinez, California, United States. Located at the west end of downtown Martinez, the station has one side platform and one island platform, which serve three of the four tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad Martinez Subdivision It is served by the daily California Zephyr and Coast Starlight long-distance trains, five daily round trips of the San Joaquin corridor service, and fifteen daily round trips of the Capitol Corridor service. Martinez is also served by Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach intercity buses plus County Connection, WestCAT, and Tri-Delta Transit local buses.

Richmond Ferry Terminal

Richmond Ferry Terminal is a ferry terminal located in the Marina Bay neighborhood of Richmond, California. It provides daily commuter service to San Francisco.

San Francisco Bay Ferry

San Francisco Bay Ferry is a public transit passenger ferry service in the San Francisco Bay, administered by the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). San Francisco Bay Ferry is a different system from Golden Gate Ferry, which provides passenger ferry service from San Francisco to Marin County.

The Highway 17 Express is an Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach route provided by a consortium of entities that provides regional service between San Jose and Santa Cruz County in the South Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. The service is so called because it travels on California State Route 17. It is operated by the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District.

Hercules Transit Center

Hercules Transit Center is a major commuter hub in the western Contra Costa County city of Hercules, California. It is anchored by WestCAT bus services. The center was originally on San Pablo Avenue. In August 2009, the transit center was relocated to the other side of I-80 with additional paid parking.

Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub intermodal transit center in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

The Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub is a multi-modal transportation hub in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States served by the Blue Line of UTA's TRAX light rail system that operates in Salt Lake County and by the FrontRunner, UTA's commuter rail train that operates along the Wasatch Front with service from Ogden in central Weber County through Davis County, Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake County to Provo in central Utah County. Service at the intermodal hub is also provided by Amtrak, Greyhound Lines, and U Car Share, as well as UTA local bus service.

Bay Area Rapid Transit expansion

Throughout the history of Bay Area Rapid Transit, better known as BART, there have been plans to extend service to other areas.


  1. SMA Rail Consulting (April 2016). "California Passenger Rail Network Schematics" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. p. 3.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "A NEW COMMUTE OPTION FOR HERCULES/RODEO". watertransit.org. WETA. Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  3. "Hercules Projects – Intermodal Transit Center". City of Hercules. October 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  4. Hercules profile, access date July 11, 2008
  5. Waterfront plan could be headed to ballot in Hercules Archived 2012-02-10 at the Wayback Machine , by Tom Lochner, July 1, 2008, access date July 11, 2008
  6. West Contra Costa Transit Advisory Council Action Plan Minutes
  7. "In brief: Hercules may get new Capitol Corridor train stop". East Bay Times. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  8. "2020 Business Plan" (PDF). SJJPA. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  9. Project map, WETA, access date July 17, 2008

Commons-logo.svg Media related to Hercules station at Wikimedia Commons