Skip to main content

Hercules Rail & Ferry Terminal Access Plan

Hercules, California
Firm Role
Station access planning, street design, parking and transportation demand management planning and modeling
2005 – 2006, adopted 2008
Regional bus, rail, and ferry terminal
Honors & Awards

For the Hercules Bayfront Master Plan:

  • 2010 Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Infill, Re-Development or Rehab Site Plan from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference
  • 2010 California Catalyst for Sustainable Strategies Award (1 of 13)
  • 2008 “On the Ground – Getting it Done” Growing Smarter Award from the Association of Bay Area Governments
  • 2010 LEED-ND Gold Certified

Hercules Powder Company was once America’s largest producer of TNT. When it closed, Hercules was left with abandoned buildings and contaminated soils. The Hercules Bayfront Master Plan is transforming the derelict 42-acre site into a compact district of offices, shops, and residences centered on a new rail station and ferry terminal.

The new Regional Intermodal Transportation Center will bring together Amtrak Capitol Corridor rail service, ferries to San Francisco, local and regional buses, and the Bay Trail. Around this hub, the Bayfront Master Plan and its form-based code organize 1400 homes, 90,000 sq. ft. of retail, and 250,000 sq. ft. of office, flex, and hotel space into three walkable neighborhoods.

Patrick Siegman directed the access and parking study for the new station while a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting, as part of a team led by Sargent Town Planning. From 2004 through 2008, he also worked in close collaboration with the City of Hercules, urban design teams led by Sargent Town Planning and Opticos Design, master developer Anderson Pacific, and several transit agencies to develop the Bayfront District’s overall shared parking management plan; craft parking and transportation demand management code requirements; and design the district’s streets and trails. The work included planning feeder bus, bicycle, and pedestrian routes; siting bus pickup, drop-off, layover, and kiss-and-ride zones; and advising on design of the rail station and ferry terminal.

To inform the team’s work, we also prepared a spreadsheet-based parking and access model that forecasts, for various parking and transit fee scenarios, the resulting rail and ferry ridership and revenues, and parking demand, revenues, capital, and operating costs.

The Bayfront Master Plan was unanimously adopted by the City Council in 2008 and the first 172 residences over retail are complete. Initial construction on the rail project and Bay Trail is also complete, setting the stage for future rail and ferry service.

Images courtesy of Anderson Pacific, LLC/Hercules Bayfront, LLC and Opticos Design