Taken at Richmond Connector Site 1/28/14
Taken at Richmond Connector Site 1/28/14
   Construction has begun on the new Richmond Rail Connector project. located between Parr Boulevard and Richmond Parkway in the City of Richmond CA.  8 members of the  California Transportation Commission (CTC) voted unanimously in August 2013 to provide $10.9 million to the California Department of Transportation for the connector between BNSF lines in San Pablo and Richmond.

     Although the project is touted as a traffic control project, its proximity to the Chevron Oil Refinery is uncanny.  The Connector is in close proximity to housing, schools and playgrounds.  Environmentalists and residents are concerned with the connector, for several reasons.  Recent train explosions and Chevrons’ expected increase in the refining of Bakken crude oil, a highly explosive crude, highlight these concerns.  Bakken Crude will be transported from Bakken, North Dakota by rail.