Downtown Berkeley station
|Location||2160 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections||AC Transit: Routes 6, 7, 18, 51B (local); 800, 851 (All Nighter); F, FS* (Transbay)
Bear Transit: C, H, P, R, RFS
* - Route operates weekdays only
|Opened||January 29, 1973 (44 years ago)|
|Previous names||Berkeley (1972-1990s)|
|Passengers (FY 2016)||13,748 exits/day 0.03%|
Downtown Berkeley is a Bay Area Rapid Transit station located in Berkeley, California, United States, one of three stations in Berkeley along with Ashby and North Berkeley. It is the second-busiest BART station in the East Bay and the sixth overall, with 13,748 exits each weekday, first being 12th St. Oakland City Center, with 14,403 weekday exits.
Located at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way, Downtown Berkeley station is situated near the center of the City of Berkeley. It is the primary station for those travelling to and from the University of California, Berkeley, which is one block to the east. As a result, it is also used by patrons of events taking place at the University, such as concerts or lectures, and especially football games and other athletic events, including those sponsored by the MyBART service.
Because this station is underground, there is poor cell service unless underneath the center of the station. Cell boosters have not been rolled out in the Berkeley Subway creating a dead zone from Ashby to north Berkeley.
Downtown Berkeley opened on January 29, 1973, as part of an extension from MacArthur to Richmond, with service southward to Fremont until the opening of the Transbay Tube and subsequent service to San Francisco later that year. The station was designed by Maher & Martens of San Francisco in collaboration with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Tudor Construction, and Bechtel.
In the mid-1990s, BART changed the name of the station from simply "Berkeley" to "Downtown Berkeley" in an effort to minimize confusion between this station and North Berkeley. The station is still often referred to as Berkeley in train announcements. The station has been the site of many BART Alert protests in response to occurrences on the political scene.
A station and plaza renovation project began construction on August 29, 2016. The project scope includes new lighting, landscaping, drainage, paving, and bus shelters in the overground plaza of the station. The main rotunda entrance will be replaced by a glass entrance structure similar to those found in downtown Oakland. The $11.2 million project is funded primarily by BART, with additional funding from the City of Berkeley, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Alameda County. Work is expected to conclude in winter 2017. A further project to renovate the underground station interior is in the planning stages.
|M||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
|Northbound||← Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae toward Richmond (North Berkeley)
← Richmond–Warm Springs/South Fremont toward Richmond (North Berkeley)
|Southbound||→ Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae toward Daly City or Millbrae (Ashby) →
→ Richmond–Warm Springs/South Fremont toward Warm Springs (Ashby) →
Like most underground BART stations, Downtown Berkeley has two levels: a mezzanine containing the faregates and an island platform with two tracks. Access to the station is provided by five street-level entrances on Shattuck Avenue, with two at Addison Street and Allston Way each and one at the southwest corner of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street. The escalators at the latter are topped by an icositetragonal rotunda that covers passengers entering and leaving the station from inclement weather.
There is also a valet bike parking facility outside the station at street level and is operated by Alameda Bicycle. It used to be placed at the top of an unused stairway from the mezzanine level to the platform below. The stairs were built so that an additional entrance could be opened if needed in the future, and had never been used by passengers.
Entrance windows featured artwork of the UCB Botanical Garden.
Relation with other stations and ridership figures
Below is data for average weekday entries and exits between the Ashby BART and other BART stations as of January 2017. The transit time and one-way trip cost is based on BART's fares and schedules booklet, last updated in February 2016, and valid as of January 2017. A few notes for interpretation:
- Downtown Berkeley serves commuters in both directions: it serves people who commute to downtown Berkeley every day for work or study (it is the closest station to the University of California, Berkeley). Most of these commuters come from nearby areas in Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, and Richmond. It also caters to a large residential population that works in San Francisco or Oakland.
- The following kinds of stations will have higher entry/exit counts: nearby stations, stations in downtowns (Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco, stations with transfers, end-of-line stations, and airport stations.
- For airports in particular, people are more likely to take the train when going out from the airport than when going to the airport, possibly because they are on a less tight timeline when leaving the airport.
- Some daily commuters don't enter and exit at the same station. For instance, commuters from downtown Berkeley who work in downtown San Francisco exit at an earlier station in the morning and enter at a station farther south when returning (e.g., exit at Embarcadero in the morning and enter at Montgomery in the evening). This is to get on a less crowded train. A similar phenomenon is observed between the two downtown Oakland stations.
|Station||Code||End of line?||Direction from downtown Berkeley||Transit time in minutes||One-way trip cost (USD)||Average number of weekday trips with entry at downtown Berkeley and exit at this station||Average number of weekday trips with entry at this station and exit at downtown Berkeley|
|Richmond||RM||Yes||Northbound, along Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||13||1.95||415||448|
|El Cerrito del Norte||EN||No||Northbound, along Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||9||1.95||898||931|
|El Cerrito Plaza||EP||No||Northbound, along Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||6||1.95||689||688|
|North Berkeley||NB||No||Northbound, along Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||3||1.95||216||221|
|Downtown Berkeley||BK||No||Same station||0||5.75||41||41|
|Ashby||AS||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||2||1.95||377||399|
|MacArthur||MA||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||6||1.95||393||405|
|19th Street Oakland||19||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||9||1.95||514||545|
|12th Street Oakland City Center||12||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||11||1.95||468||556|
|Lake Merritt||LM||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line||14||1.95||219||232|
|Fruitvale||FV||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line||16||2.30||290||272|
|Oakland Coliseum Station||CL||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line||21||2.60||141||150|
|San Leandro||SL||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line||25||3.10||170||167|
|Bay Fair||BF||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line||29||3.35||132||132|
|Hayward||HY||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line||33||3.60||146||154|
|South Hayward||SH||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line||37||3.90||78||86|
|Union City||UC||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line||42||4.40||146||145|
|Fremont||FM||Yes||Southbound, along Richmond–Fremont line||47||4.75||265||249|
|West Oakland||OW||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||15||2.00||71||79|
|Embarcadero||EM||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||22||4.00||1082||931|
|Montgomery Street||MT||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||24||4.00||867||968|
|Powell Street||PL||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||25||4.00||604||750|
|Civic Center / UN Plaza||CC||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||27||4.00||564||740|
|16th Street Mission||16||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||29||4.15||284||318|
|24th Street Mission||24||Sometimes||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||31||4.15||236||250|
|Glen Park||GP||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||34||4.30||112||129|
|Balboa Park||BP||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||36||4.40||90||112|
|Daly City||DC||Sometimes||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||40||4.50||102||107|
|Colma||CM||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line||44||4.50||37||37|
|South San Francisco||SS||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Millbrae line||47||4.65||33||36|
|San Bruno||SB||No||Southbound, along Richmond–Millbrae line||50||4.95||39||39|
|Millbrae||MB||Yes||Southbound, along Richmond–Millbrae line||56||5.25||143||148|
|San Francisco International Airport||SO||Yes||Transfer at MacArthur or San Bruno to northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line||55||9.55||110||191|
|Rockridge||RR||No||Transfer at MacArthur from southbound Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line to northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line||9 (+ non-timed transfer time)||1.95||61||52|
|Orinda||OR||No||Transfer at MacArthur from southbound Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line to northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line||14 (+ non-timed transfer time)||2.50||51||50|
|Lafayette||LF||No||Transfer at MacArthur from southbound Richmond–Fremont line or Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae line to northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line||19 (+ non-timed transfer time)||3.10||78||81|
|Walnut Creek||WC||No||24 (+ non-timed transfer time)||3.50||148||145|
|Pleasant Hill / Contra Costa Centre||PH||Sometimes||27 (+ non-timed transfer time at MacArthur)||3.65||170||172|
|Concord||CN||No||30 (+ non-timed transfer time at MacArthur)||4.05||136||138|
|North Concord/Martinez||NC||Sometimes||36 (+ non-timed transfer time at MacArthur)||4.25||47||49|
|Pittsburg / Bay Point||WP||Yes||42 (+ non-timed transfer time at MacArthur)||4.75||128||134|
|Castro Valley||CV||No||Transfer at Bay Fair from southbound Richmond–Fremont line to Daly City-Dublin/Pleasanton Line||33 (+ non-timed transfer time at Bay Fair)||3.60||42||43|
|West Dublin / Pleasanton||WD||No||Transfer at Bay Fair from southbound Richmond–Fremont line to Daly City-Dublin/Pleasanton Line||44 (+ non-timed transfer time at Bay Fair)||4.55||55||52|
|Dublin / Pleasanton||ED||Yes||Transfer at Bay Fair from southbound Richmond–Fremont line to Daly City-Dublin/Pleasanton Line||46 (+ non-timed transfer time at Bay Fair)||4.70||110||107|
|Oakland International Airport||OA||Yes||Transfer at Coliseum from southbound Richmond–Fremont line to the Oakland International Airport Line||29 (+ non-timed transfer time at Coliseum)||8.75||47||82|
|Total northbound (toward Richmond)||2218||2288|
|Total in Berkeley and Oakland along line to San Francisco (Ashby, MacArthur, 19th, 12th, Oakland)||1823||1984|
|Total along Pittsburg / Bay Point line, northward from (and including) Rockridge||819||821|
|Total along Fremont line, southward from (and including) Lake Merritt||1587||1587|
|Total exclusive to Dublin / Pleasanton line, from (and including) Castro Valley||207||202|
|Grand total (includes all totals above + round trips and Oakland International Airport)||11043||11762|
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- Bay Area Rapid Transit District. "Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza and Transit Area Improvement Project". Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- Bay Area Rapid Transit District. "Downtown Berkeley Station Modernization". Retrieved 8 February 2017.
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