Union City (BART station)
Platform as seen in Spring 2000. Note lack of jail bars on platform back then, versus today.
|Address||Ten Union Square
Union City, CA 94587
|Connections||AC Transit: Routes 97, 99, 216*, 232, 264*, 275, 332**, 333***, 345** (local); 801 (All Nighter)
Dumbarton Express*: Routes DB, DB1
Union City Transit: Routes 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9
* - Route operates weekdays only
** - Route operates weekends and holidays only
*** - Newark FlexBus, a service that operates from 7pm to midnight weeknights (except holidays)
† - Route operates weekdays and Saturdays only
|Parking||1197 spaces- Monthly Reserved, Daily ($2/day), Extended Weekend (free), Midday (free after 3pm) and Long Term|
|Bicycle facilities||20 BikeLink Lockers|
|Opened||September 11, 1972|
|Owned by||Bay Area Rapid Transit|
|Passengers (FY 2013)||4,474 exits/day 9.1%|
Union City is a Bay Area Rapid Transit station located in downtown Union City near the Decoto district. Service at this station began on September 11, 1972. The station sits near Decoto Road east of Alvarado-Niles Road, directly behind James Logan High School's campus. Temporary parking spaces were constructed in 2006, and opened in the Summer of 2007. The station is currently undergoing construction through 2016 to create a second entrance on the other side of the station.
|Northbound||← Richmond–Fremont toward Richmond (South Hayward)
← Fremont–Daly City toward Daly City (South Hayward)
|Southbound||→ Richmond–Fremont toward Fremont (Terminus) →
→ Fremont–Daly City toward Fremont (Terminus) →
|Mezzanine||Faregates, ticket machines, station agent, to Exits/Entrances|
Union City intermodal rail station
Currently, no connection to other regional trains exists at Union City BART station. In February 2008, Union City's Economic Development Department and BART proposed that this station become a regional rail intermodal station. The intermodal station would serve BART trains, Capitol Corridor intercity trains, and Caltrain commuter rail service to the Peninsula via a new rail bridge located near the Dumbarton Bridge. For now, the Dumbarton Express bus service provides such service to the Peninsula, operating between Union City and Palo Alto.
In May 2011, developers, Union City and BART officials unveiled the first residential housing project inside the city/transit agency-specified redevelopment district. By October, the Avalon Apartment building opened and was rented out, and bus-only lanes in front of the station were completed. The station gained a tree-lined main promenade and many condominium housing units on the east side of the BART tracks were completed and sold. The BART station building facade enjoyed a completely renovated and overhauled facelift which lends it an airy feeling similar to SFO station.
In May 2012, a new central accessway in front of station opened to bus and vehicular traffic, and a new passenger drop-off and taxi stand on the north busway became operational. The East Plaza, currently under construction, will house either a public library or a fine arts facility.
Phase 2 is planned to add an eastern entrance and a pedestrian walkway to allow direct access to BART for residents in the new housing developments along 11th Street. In February 2014, construction on Phase 2 began, with the project expected to be completed in 2 years. Construction of the following phase, which will include raising the railroad tracks to allow seamless transfer between BART and a new Amtrak station platform, currently has no scheduled construction or completion date.
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