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Facebook Could Partner With Local Transit Authorities to Repair Defunct Rail Bridge

The Dunbarton Rail Bridge has been out of service since the 1980s. In a potentially groundbreaking development, Facebook is interested in repairing the bridge to serve multi-modal commuters.
June 18, 2018, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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San Francisco Bay Area
The Dunbarton Rail Bridge no longer serves rail traffic, so it's left in the open position to allow boats to pass.

"Facebook has entered into negotiations with the San Mateo County Transit District to improve the Dumbarton corridor," reports Wendy Lee. "The negotiating agreement, approved Wednesday by the transit district’s board, will allow Facebook and a public infrastructure investor, Plenary Group USA, to begin working on a plan to improve the corridor."

"The project could include renovating a defunct rail bridge over the bay, built in 1910, that parallels the existing, congested bridge for cars and trucks," according to Lee. Commuters could use the rail line to connect between the East Bay and the Peninsula—where Facebook and many other tech companies are located.

A San Mateo County Transit District report on the project included bike and pedestrian infrastructure as well as 'enhanced bus service' as a possibility for the project.

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Published on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in The San Francisco Chronicle
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