Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Corridor Study

About the Study

In Contra Costa County, the Iron Horse Trail is 18.5 mile corridor from the Alameda County line to Mayette Avenue in Concord.  Formerly a Southern Pacific Railroad route, the Iron Horse Corridor now features a paved multi-use trail for walking, jogging, and bicycling along with adjacent unpaved or soft trails in some areas. The trail is managed by the East Bay Regional Parks District with Contra Costa County Public Works supporting the management and development of the trail in Contra Costa County.

The Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Corridor Study is investigating the potential for the corridor to support increased mobility using active transportation – walking, bicycling, and similar modes of travel.  The study will set out a vision for the future of the Iron Horse Trail, consider the trail itself, crossings with streets and highways, and access to the trail.  The objective is to help maximize the safety of trail users, while expanding the number of trips that the trail can support through active transportation. For more information, visit the County’s official website for the project.

Please fill out our survey for people who work, own a business, or go to school near the Iron Horse Trail.

Interactive Map

Thank you for your interest in the Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Study. Your input will help us identify needs.  Please use the online map below to help identify challenges using and accessing the trail. If you work, own a business, or go to school near the trail, please also fill out our survey.


Upcoming Events

Come meet with the project team to discuss biking and walking on the Iron Horse Trail today and help us identify needs and barriers that we can address through this plan.

  • Bike to School Day – we will be gathering input from parents and students at Pleasant Hill Middle School on May 1st and Walnut Creek Intermediate on May 8th
  • San Ramon Bike to Work Day – May 9 – we will be sharing information and gathering input at the Bishop Ranch energizer station at Bollinger Canyon Road and the Iron Horse Trail.
  • We are in planning for public workshops along the trail in May or June.  Check back soon for more information.

Iron Horse Trail Bike Ride – Dec 2, 2018 – thanks for joining us for some fieldwork along the corridor


As the Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Corridor Study progresses, ongoing project deliverables will be posted here.


Project Schedule

The Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Corridor Study will be conducted over an 18 month timeframe. The approximate schedule of the work is below.  Community engagement activities will be scheduled throughout the process.

  • Existing Conditions  – Fall 2018 – understand the existing dimensions of the trail and the various physical and ownership constraints
  • Opportunities and Constraints Analysis – Winter 2018/2019 – identify the opportunities to develop the trail as an active transportation corridor
  • Feasibility Study and Alternatives Assessment – Winter/Spring 2019 – define potential ‘design typologies’ that describe improvements to the trail and evaluate those proposed improvements
  • Draft Study – Summer 2019
  • Final Study – Fall 2019

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