BART Board Unanimously Approves PLA for E-BART Extension

November 2, 2011 - In a resounding victory for Building Trades workers, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District Board voted 9-0 last week to enter into a PLA with the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council for building the new East Contra Costa BART (or E-BART) extension that will extend the rail system from its current terminus at Pittsburg 10 miles eastward to Antioch.

The $500 million project will create over 600 good construction jobs for the duration of the project.  The project is expected to dramatically quicken commute times from eastern Contra Costa County, and result in a significant drop in emissions from reduced auto traffic.  The project also includes construction of three new multi-modal stations, accessible to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Additionally, there may be more great news for Building Trades workers from BART in the near future.  After many years of successful experience working with Building Trades councils in the Bay Area, the district is developing a comprehensive policy for using PLAs on all future construction in the entire Bay Area district, meaning several billions of dollars worth of work for the Building Trades in the years ahead.  We will keep you posted on the development of that policy.

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