19th Street Oakland (BART station)
|19th Street Oakland|
The upper level platform of the 19th Street Oakland station, 2007
Oakland, CA 94612
|Connections||AC Transit: Routes 1, 1R*, 11, 12, 18, 51A, 72, 72M, 72R* (local); NL (Transbay); 800, 802, 805, 851 (All-Nighter) (All routes meet at the Uptown Transit Center at 20th & Broadway)
Greyhound: bus terminal located at 20th Street and San Pablo Avenue
* - Route operates weekdays only
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Opened||September 11, 1972|
|Owned by||Bay Area Rapid Transit|
|Formerly||19th Street (1972–1982)|
|Passengers (FY 2010)||9,161 exits/day 1.55%|
19th Street Oakland is an underground Bay Area Rapid Transit station located at 19th Street and Broadway in Downtown Oakland. It is an official northbound transfer station along the BART system, since September 13, 2010.
Like the 12th Street Oakland City Center station, the concourse mezzanine is on the first level down, an island platform and two main tracks for trains bound for Richmond and Pittsburg/Bay Point are on the second level down, and a side platform and one main track for trains bound for San Francisco/Daly City/Millbrae/SFO and Fremont are on the third level down. This station is identifiable by the blue brickwork on the interior. At all times during the day, there are timed cross-platform transfers between the northbound lines, San Francisco - Pittsburg/Bay Point and Fremont - Richmond. There are no timed transfers between southbound lines, since there is only one southbound track.
The station was originally planned to have four main tracks and an island platform on each of the two levels, but budget constraints limited that idea.
Passengers from Millbrae bound for Fremont transfer trains at 12th Street and passengers from the Fremont line transfer the Pittsburg/Bay Point line at 12th Street on nights and weekends.
Along with 12th Street Station the station serves as an essential feeder of commuters to the job center that is downtown Oakland. Passengers have also used this to access attractions like the marijuana district of Oaksterdam, the Paramount Theatre, the Fox Theater, Oakland Museum of California, Lake Merritt, the culinary and drinking scene of Uptown and Downtown generally and the Oakland Ice Center. A future attraction, the Uptown Art Park/Sculpture Garden is slated to open in the fall of 2011.
There are typically two musicians or singers working rush hour at 19th Street station. For the winter 2011 season there is a Mexican guitarist in the mornings and a Juliard-trained operetto in the evenings.
Current and future amenities 
This station will very likely see more interior retail development due to BART's ongoing relationship with master planner TransMart, publicly announced January 2011. As of January 2011 the station has interior double-decker bike racks at the fare gate level, which are reused units from the Berkeley BART station.
- "BART Fiscal Year Weekday Average Exits". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Retrieved 28 July 2010.
- "BART - Minor BART schedule changes on Monday, September 13". Bart.gov. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
- Cabanatuan, Michael (28 January 2011). "BART may allow more businesses at stations". SF Chronicle. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.