Dublin/Pleasanton station viewed from the parking garage in 2018
|Location||5801 Owens Drive, Pleasanton, California|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections|| AC Transit: 703|
Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach
County Connection: 35, 335, 97X
MAX: MAX to BART
StaRT: StaRT Commuter
WHEELS: 1, 2, 3, 8, 10R, 14, 20X, 30R, 54, 70X, 580X
|Bicycle facilities||24 lockers|
|Opened||May 10, 1997|
|Passengers (2019)||8,928 (weekday average)|
Dublin/Pleasanton is a Bay Area Rapid Transit station on the border of Dublin and Pleasanton. The eastern end of the Dublin/Pleasanton–Daly City line, it is a major bus terminal served by six providers.
The station consists of an island platform located in the center median of the elevated Interstate 580. A fare lobby is located under the platform; a pedestrian and vehicle underpass connects the station to bus bays, parking lots, a parking garage, and surrounding development. The Iron Horse Regional Trail connects to both the north and south sides of the station.
Service at the station began on May 10, 1997. Original plans in the late 1980s called for a station in West Dublin, with an East Dublin station near the Hacienda Business Park to be added later; however, by the early 1990s the order was reversed. The station was known as East Dublin/Pleasanton during planning to differentiate it from the planned West Dublin/Pleasanton station. However, it has been known simply as Dublin/Pleasanton since opening. The station features a "wave" design motif, most notably in the titanium canopy roof over the passenger platform, which has a silhouette of five curves intended to both echo the shape of the nearby hills in Dublin and "represent the sound waves generated by BART's electric propulsion."
An adjacent transit-oriented development on the Dublin side of the station finished initial construction in 2006. The development included a 1,513-space BART parking garage, which opened on May 23, 2008. According to its architects, the "external design treatments ... draw the eye away from the height and size", but the San Francisco Chronicle's urban design critic John King dismissed the result as "cartoonishly clumsy."
The construction of a second 665-space garage, promised by BART in 2002, proved controversial. A $37.1 million design was brought forward in February 2017; local officials were in favor of the garage - noting that existing parking is full by 7:45am on weekdays - but the BART Board rejected it because of cost concerns and a 2016 BART policy to prioritize non-auto access to stations. The Board instead approved a $17.2 million "hybrid" model that included restriping existing parking, improving bus service and Iron Horse Regional Trail connections, and installation of an automated parking system. In May 2018, local officials announced plans for a $30 million garage entirely on city-owned land and not subject to BART approval. The project will use $20 million in state funds awarded to the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority plus $10 million in local funds. Garage construction began in October 2018.
As the terminus of a BART line, Dublin/Pleasanton station serves as a local and intercity bus hub. A 10-bay bus plaza is located on the north side of the station; several more bus bays are located on the south side of the station. Two local bus providers use these bays for a number of routes that run in the Tri-Valley:
Because I-580 is the primary highway from the Bay Area to the Central Valley, the station is the western terminus for several lengthy commuter-based routes from Central Valley cities. Those three routes, plus several daily Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach trips connecting with the San Joaquin, stop next to the parking garage north of the station.
- Modesto Area Express: MAX BART Express (four daily round trips serving Modesto)
- San Joaquin Regional Transit District: Route 150 (nine daily round trips serving Tracy, Lathrop, and Stockton)
- Stanislaus Regional Transit: StaRT Commuter (one daily round trip serving Patterson and Turlock)
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