California Park, California

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California Park is an unincorporated community in Marin County, California, United States, and a suburb of San Rafael. It lies north of San Quentin State Prison. Marin Sanitary Service is the largest tenant in the area.

The community is in ZIP code 94901 and area codes 415 and 628.

The Cal Park Hill Tunnel[edit]

Cal Park Hill Tunnel
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Southern portal of the Cal Park Hill Tunnel
Overview
Location California Park, California
Coordinates 37°57′03″N 122°30′37″W / 37.950701°N 122.510368°W / 37.950701; -122.510368Coordinates: 37°57′03″N 122°30′37″W / 37.950701°N 122.510368°W / 37.950701; -122.510368
Status testing for commuter rail service
pedestrian path open
Start California Park
End Larkspur
Operation
Opened 1884 (1884)
Closed ca. 1960's
Rebuilt 1924
Reopened 2010 (pedestrain path)
2018 (commuter rail) [expected]
Owner Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit
Operator Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit
Character Parallel commuter rail/pedestrian pathway tunnel
Technical
Length 1,106 feet (337 m)
No. of tracks 1 (formerly 2)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The Cal Park Hill Tunnel runs for 1,106 feet through the hill to Larkspur.[1] It opened in 1884 and was a double-track train tunnel owned by Northwestern Pacific Railroad.[1] Train service stopped in the 1960s.[1] It is now owned by Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART).[1] After a $27 million project, jointly funded by SMART and Marin County, half of the tunnel reopened in December 10, 2010 as a bicycle and pedestrian path.[1] Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit plans to use the other half to extend their planned commuter rail line from downtown San Rafael to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.[1] Originally estimated to cost $4 million,[2] the tunnel was rehabilitated for pedestrian access at a cost of $28 million in 2010; additionally the rail line is being extended from San Rafael Transit Center at a cost of $42 million.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Whiting, Sam (December 8, 2010). "Marin bicyclists get San Rafael-Larkspur tunnel". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Marin IJ Editorial: Cost is big obstacle for bike tunnel". Marin Independent Journal. 22 January 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Prado, Mark (25 May 2017). "SMART: Trespassers stole power in San Rafael-to-Larkspur tunnel". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 

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