Walnut Creek (BART station)
Parking garage at Walnut Creek station
|Address||200 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Parking||2089 spaces - Monthly Reserved, Daily ($1/day), Extended Weekend (free), Midday (free after 3pm), Carpool, Long Term|
|Bicycle facilities||64 lockers|
|Opened||21 May 1973|
|Passengers (FY 2010)||5,920 exits/day 3.17%|
Walnut Creek station is in Walnut Creek, a major suburb in the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the largest metropolitan areas of the United States. The station itself is at the intersection of three major roads - Ygnacio Valley Road, Hillside Avenue, Riviera Avenue - and an off-ramp from the Interstate 680.
Transit-oriented development 
Due to Walnut Creek's high ridership and large catchment area, BART has proposed that the station be the center of a 5.3-acre (2.1-ha) transit-oriented development scheme which includes 440 residential units, 8,700 sq ft (810 m2) of office space, 33,000 sq ft (3,100 m2) of retail space, and 1,373 parking spaces.
With 5,920 exits each weekday, Walnut Creek is the busiest BART station on the Pittsburg/Bay Point – SFO/Millbrae line and the second-busiest in Contra Costa County, with El Cerrito del Norte being the busiest in the county. In its 2004 comprehensive station plan for Walnut Creek, BART predicted a massive increase in ridership by 2025, estimating that over 18,000 passengers would use the station daily (both entries and exits).
Walnut Creek station is on the Pittsburg/Bay Point – SFO/Millbrae line, the busiest line of the BART system, with trains heading southwest to Oakland, downtown San Francisco, and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and northeast to Concord. During peak hours trains arrive at frequent intervals of up to 4–6 minutes; during off-peak hours this is reduced to 15-20 minutes. Transfers to the Richmond-Millbrae and Richmond-Fremont lines are available at MacArthur and a transfer to the Dublin/Pleasanton line is available at West Oakland.
Station layout 
Walnut Creek utilises a simple side platform layout with two tracks. Access to the tracks is provided by a staircase, escalator, and elevator from the mezzanine, which houses nine faregates. Sustained patronage at the station has caused it to become overcrowded; BART is planning on building a second entrance, including new faregates and platform access to relieve possible emergency hazards.
Several County Connection bus lines stop at the station:
- 4 Daily Free Shuttle Service to Downtown Walnut Creek and Broadway Plaza Shopping Center
- 93X Kirker Pass Express
- 95X San Ramon Express via I-680
- 96X Bishop Ranch Express (South) via I-680
- 98X Martinez/Walnut Creek Express
- 301 (weekends only)
- 311 (weekends only)
- 321 (weekends only)
See also 
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Walnut Creek BART station|
- "BART Fiscal Year Weekday Average Exits". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Retrieved 28 July 2010.
- Walnut Creek comprehensive station plan BART Retrieved 2009-11-01
- Pittsburg/Bay Point-SFO/Millbrae line schedule BART Retrieved 2009-11-01