El Cerrito del Norte (BART station)

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El Cerrito del Norte
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Sign for El Cerrito del Norte BART Station
Station statistics
Address 6400 Cutting Boulevard
Richmond, CA 94530
Line(s)
Connections AC Transit: Routes 7, 72, 72M, 72R*, 76, 376 (local); 667, 668, 675, 683, 684 (school days only); 800 (All-Nighter); L* LC* (Transbay, stops at San Pablo Ave. & Cutting)
FAST: Route 90*
Golden Gate Transit: Routes 40*, 42
Napa VINE: Route 29*[1]
SolTrans: Route 80
WestCAT: JL/JR, JX/JPX(30Z)*+,
Richmond Circular Shuttle: Marina Bay
* - Route operates weekdays only
+ - Route JPX continues as 30Z to Martinez
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking 2198 spaces- Monthly Reserved, Daily ($1/day), Extended Weekend (free), Midday (free after 3pm), Long Term and Attendant Assisted[2]
Bicycle facilities 28 Lockers
Other information
Opened January 29, 1973
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (FY 2013) 8,494 exits/day[3] Increase 6.64%
Services
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
Terminus
Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae
toward Millbrae (Daly City on Saturdays)
Richmond–Fremont
toward Fremont

El Cerrito del Norte (North Hillock in Spanish), frequently shorterned to del Norte, is one of two BART stations in El Cerrito, California, just east of the Cutting Boulevard interchange of Interstate 80 parallel to San Pablo Avenue and the Ohlone Greenway straddling the Richmond border. Del Norte opened to revenue service on January 29, 1973 as part of the original BART system.[4] The station serves as the de facto end of line for the Richmond line as it is the northernmost station along the congested I-80 corridor.[5] The station serves the northern portion of El Cerrito and the central areas of Richmond in addition to the west county area and points beyond BARTs coverage area. El Cerrito del Norte is Spanish for "north hillock" or "North El Cerrito". The station serves as a regional transit hub for local AC Transit bus services including a BRT stop, and for commuter feeder services from Solano, Napa, and Marin Counties in the North Bay and other regions of Contra Costa County as well.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform
level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound      Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae toward Richmond (Terminus)
     Richmond–Fremont toward Richmond (Terminus)
Southbound      Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae toward Daly City or Millbrae (El Cerrito Plaza)
     Richmond–Fremont toward Fremont (El Cerrito Plaza)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street Level Exits/Entrances
Mezzanine Faregates, ticket machines, station agent, to Exits/Entrances

This station features large parking areas throughout, including surface parking and a four-story parking garage on the east side. There are 29 bus bays that serve six bus agencies for fixed route service and various paratransit and dial-a-ride shuttles.[5] The bus bays are predominantly located on the west side of the station.[5] There are also reserved bicycle lockers and open air racks available.[5] There is a kiss and ride and taxi zone on the east side of the station.[5] The station area is surrounded by local businesses, some of which are run down, with others underutilized parcels and big-box retailers.[5] The Bay Area Rapid Transit District developed a station improvement plan in 2004 to create a transit village surrounding the station.[5] This plan determined that parking should be placed closer to the freeway to reduce traffic and that the impact of the large amount of buses and area needed for them had to be mitigated in some manner.[5] Furthermore the report established the need to expand the station paid area, platforms, and vertical logistics (more stairs and elevators within the paid area) to allow more passengers to use the station and decrease dwelling times during congested alighting times.[5]

The city of El Cerrito is planning and searching for funds to develop the area around the station as a transit oriented development (TOD) similarly to other transit village,[6] with the reservation that the development must be appropriately scaled.[5]

This station has a Library-a-go-go machine, a library book vending machine that was added in June 2009 for the Contra Costa County Library system.[7] In 2005 "Ak's Food Corner" opened at the station selling newspapers, flowers, hot dogs, drinks, snacks, fruit, high-value BART blue tickets.

Panorama of the station

Buses[edit]

AC Transit[edit]

AC Transit provides service in western Alameda and Contra Costa counties in addition to commuter service to San Francisco. The station has connecting and feeder service by AC Transit from Albany, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, UC Village, Hilltop Mall Shopping Center, Contra Costa College, El Portal Shopping Center, El Cerrito, Kensington, Richmond, Richmond Parkway Transit Center, El Sobrante, and San Pablo. AC Transit provides comprehensive circulatory service in the immediate surroundings in addition to competing commuter service into San Francisco.

WestCat[edit]

WestCAT provides service in the western Contra Costa County communities of Hercules, Tara Hills, Bayview-Montalvin Manor, Pinole, northern Richmond, Hilltop Mall, Rodeo and Hercules Transit Center. Buses serving the station primarily connect the Hilltop Area, San Pablo Avenue corridor, and Hercules areas with the station.

Commuter feeder service[edit]

FAST (Solano County: Fairfield, Suisun City) Golden Gate Transit (Contra Costa County: Point Richmond; Marin County: San Rafael) Napa VINE (Solano County: Vallejo; Napa County: American Canyon, Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga) SolTrans (Solano County: Vallejo)

Shuttles[edit]

An AC Transit/BART consortium operates East Bay Paratransit which serves this station. The Department of Human Services operates a shuttle connecting the station to its facilities in Richmond and Hercules. The city of Richmond also operates a commuter shuttle here from the Marina Bay neighborhood.[8]

Station Area[edit]

The station is surrounded by many businesses, including the Del Norte Marketplace shopping center with Walgreens, Orchard, IHOP, Dollar Tree, and Staples. For years a Target lay next door but was closed when the Great Recession economy was found not to support this old location and a new one located in the nearby Macdonald 80 Shopping Center. It has now been remodeled into a large Safeway supermarket with a small shopping strip and room reserved for high density dwellings. Del Norte Plaza lies catty-corner from the station and has small offices providing legal and dental services. On the north side of the station there is a motel, the Del Norte Place apartments, a Honda dealership, Starbucks, Macdonald's, Louisiana Fried Chicken, Home Depot and local restaurants. To the south of the station lies an Playland-Not-At-The-Beach amusement park museum, a post office and the El Cerrito DMV. To the east lie single family homes up a sloping hill.

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Coordinates: 37°55′31″N 122°19′01″W / 37.925183°N 122.316939°W / 37.925183; -122.316939