Ashby station (BART)

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Bay Area Rapid Transit
Ashby station platform from escalator, March 2018.JPG
Ashby station platform viewed from the mezzanine level
Location3100 Adeline Street
Berkeley, California
Coordinates37°51′11″N 122°16′12″W / 37.853068°N 122.269957°W / 37.853068; -122.269957Coordinates: 37°51′11″N 122°16′12″W / 37.853068°N 122.269957°W / 37.853068; -122.269957
Owned byBay Area Rapid Transit, City of Berkeley
Line(s)BART R-Line
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport AC Transit: F, 12, 18, 80, 81, 800
Bus transport West Berkeley Shuttle
Parking715 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesracks, station, 24 shared lockers, 24 keyed reserved lockers
Disabled accessYes
OpenedJanuary 29, 1973[1]
Passengers (2019)5,314 (weekday average)[2]
Preceding station Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit Following station
MacArthur Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae Downtown Berkeley
toward Richmond
MacArthur Richmond–​Warm Springs/​South Fremont

Ashby is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station located under Adeline Street and perpendicular to Ashby Avenue in South Berkeley of Berkeley, California. The station includes park-and-ride facilities with 715 automobile parking spaces in two separate parking lots.


Main entrance from the west parking lot

The station site is approximately at the historic location of Berkeley Branch Railroad's Newbury Station, which opened after 1876.[3]

The three stations in Berkeley were originally planned to be elevated, but the City of Berkeley paid extra tax to have them built underground. Service at Ashby station began on January 29, 1973, as part of the MacArthur to Richmond extension.[1]

Unique in the BART system, the City of Berkeley, rather than BART, controls the air rights on the parking lots. The west parking lot of the station hosts a popular flea market on weekends; a proposed residential development over the west lot has proven locally controversial.[4] Between 2008 and 2010, a portion of the east parking lot was redeveloped as the Ed Roberts Campus, which houses several regional disability-related organizations. The east parking lot and station entrance were closed for construction on August 18, 2008.[5] The east parking lot reopened on April 19, 2010, and the Ed Roberts Campus and the new east entrance opened that November.[6][7]

The Berkeley City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with BART in December 2019 to begin planning for housing on the station parking lot.[8]

Station layout[edit]

The station has a single island platform located below ground. The fare mezzanine is located at the same level as the west parking lot; stairs and an elevator provide access from Adeline Street overhead.

G Street Level Exits/Entrances, parking lot levels (above ground)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Northbound      Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae toward Richmond (Downtown Berkeley)
     Richmond–​Warm Springs/​South Fremont toward Richmond (Downtown Berkeley)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound      Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae toward Daly City or Millbrae (MacArthur)
     Richmond–​Warm Springs/​South Fremont toward Warm Springs (MacArthur)

Bus connections[edit]

The station is served several AC Transit routes that stop in different locations around its perimeter:[9]

The free West Berkeley Shuttle runs from the station to the West Berkeley area.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "BART Chronology January 1947 – March 2009" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Bay Area Rapid Transit District (September 2019). "Monthly Ridership Reports".
  3. ^ "Downtown Berkeley Historic Resources Reconnaissance Survey" (PDF). City Of Berkeley. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. ^ Orenstein, Natalie (March 27, 2017). "Possibilities for Adeline Corridor include BART underground, public park". Berkeleyside.
  5. ^ "Ashby Station east entrance and lot to close for 18 months" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. August 1, 2008.
  6. ^ "Ashby Station east parking lot to reopen April 19th" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. April 6, 2010.
  7. ^ Taylor, Tracey (November 19, 2010). "Pioneering disability center opens its Berkeley campus". Berkeleyside.
  8. ^ Orenstein, Natalie (December 11, 2019). "Berkeley approves agreement with BART around housing at two stations". Berkeleyside.
  9. ^ "Transit Information: Ashby Station" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Commission. December 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "West Berkeley Shuttle". Berkeley Gateway Transportation Management Association.

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