Walnut Creek (BART station)

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Walnut Creek
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Parking garage at Walnut Creek station
Station statistics
Address 200 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking 2089 spaces - Monthly Reserved, Daily ($1.50/day), Extended Weekend (free), Midday (free after 3pm), Carpool, Long Term[1]
Bicycle facilities 64 lockers
Other information
Opened 21 May 1973
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by BART
Traffic
Passengers (FY 2013) 6,612 exits/day[2] Increase 4.3%
Services
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae
toward SFO (Millbrae on weeknights & weekends)

Walnut Creek is an elevated BART station in Walnut Creek, California, on the Pittsburg/Bay Point – SFO/Millbrae line of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.

Location[edit]

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 Interstate 680.

Transit-oriented development[edit]

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.[3]

History[edit]

Walnut Creek station opened on 21 May 1973 as part of an extension from MacArthur to Concord.

Ridership[edit]

With 5,920 exits each weekday, Walnut Creek is the second-busiest in Contra Costa County, with El Cerrito del Norte being the busiest in the county.[2] 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).

Service[edit]

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.[4] 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[edit]

P
Platform
level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound      Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae toward San Francisco International Airport weekdays, Millbrae weekends (Lafayette)
Northbound      Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae toward Pittsburg / Bay Point (Pleasant Hill)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Faregates, ticket machines, station agent to Exits/Entrances
G Street Level Exits/Entrances

Walnut Creek utilizes 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.[3] 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.[3]

Connections[edit]

Several County Connection bus lines stop at the station:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 4 Daily Free Shuttle Service to Downtown Walnut Creek and Broadway Plaza Shopping Center
  • 5
  • 7
  • 9
  • 15
  • 21
  • 25
  • 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)

Fairfield/Suisun Transit

  • 40

Vallejo Transit

  • 78

WHEELS

  • 70X

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bart.gov/stations/wcrk/index.aspx#parking
  2. ^ a b "BART Fiscal Year Weekday Average Exits". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Walnut Creek comprehensive station plan BART Retrieved 2009-11-01
  4. ^ Pittsburg/Bay Point-SFO/Millbrae line schedule BART Retrieved 2009-11-01

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°54′21″N 122°04′02″W / 37.905724°N 122.067332°W / 37.905724; -122.067332