Continued Use & Future Plans
The East Bay Regional Park District today continues to operate and maintain the trail under a license granted by Contra Costa County. The Iron Horse Trail now extends further north than the Iron Horse Corridor purchased by the County from Southern Pacific. The trail also is being extended further south and east in Alameda County
The Iron Horse Corridor today stands as an example of a rail to trail conversion. Unresolved is the question of whether the rails will return. To comply with the terms of the state grants it received, Contra Costa County must avoid building or planting anything that would impair its ability to build a rail system in the future.
Currently, there is no project in the works to build a rail line along the Iron Horse Corridor, nor is there funding for it.