Embarcadero Station

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Bay Area Rapid Transit BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg
Rapid transit (BART)
Light rail (Muni)
An empty Muni Breda car waits at the Embarcadero Station's Muni platform
Location 298 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


Muni Metro:

Platforms 1 high level island platform (BART)
1 high level island platform (Muni Metro)
2 low level side platforms (MKSR)
Tracks 2 wide gauge (BART)
2 standard gauge (Muni Metro)
2 standard gauge (MKSR)


California Street Cable Car
PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle
Disabled access Yes
Opened May 27, 1976 (BART)[1]
February 1980 (Muni)
Passengers (2013) 41,059 exits per weekday[2]Increase 8.9% (BART)
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Richmond
Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae
toward Millbrae (Daly City on Saturdays)
Dublin/​Pleasanton–​Daly City
toward Daly City
Pittsburg/​Bay Point–​SFO/​Millbrae
toward SFO (Millbrae on weeknights & weekends)
toward Fremont
Fremont–​Daly City
toward Daly City
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni Metro   Following station
Terminus J Church
toward Balboa Park
K Ingleside
Toward Balboa Park only
Changes to K from T
L Taraval
M Ocean View
S Castro Shuttle
(Normal service)
S Castro Shuttle
(AT&T Park game days only)
toward West Portal
N Judah
toward Sunnydale
T Third Street
Toward Sunnydale only
Changes from T to K
One-way operation
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni heritage railway   Following station
F Market & Wharves
Transfer at: Main and Drumm
1st and Battery
toward 17th and Castro

Embarcadero is a BART and Muni Metro station in the Financial District of San Francisco. The easternmost stop on the Market Street Subway, Embarcadero acts as a major hub for passenger movement throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. With 45,460 exits each weekday in 2015, Embarcadero is the busiest station in the BART system, a title for which it vies with its western neighbor, Montgomery Street. It is the first stop in San Francisco for BART trains after crossing through the Transbay Tube from West Oakland. This station was an infill station, opening in May 1976,[1] three years after the rest of this section of BART's system; it was the first infill station in the BART system.


Embarcadero is located in the northeastern section of San Francisco's Financial District, specifically underneath Market Street between Front and Drumm Streets to the north and Fremont and Main Streets to the south.[3] The Ferry Building, Embarcadero Center, Transbay Terminal and the eastern end of the California Street cable car line are all located near Embarcadero station.


Service at this station began on May 27, 1976, three years after the other San Francisco stations.[1] The station was not part of the original plans for the system. As a result of increasing development in the lower Market Street area, the basic structure of the station was added into the construction of the Market Street subway, anticipating a later opening.[4] The later opening resulted in the Embarcadero station having a much different design than the other three Market Street stations.[citation needed] The station was designed by chief BART architect Tallie Maule and Hertzka & Knowles & Associates in collaboration with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Tudor Construction, and Bechtel.[5]

Embarcadero originally was the terminus for all of the Muni Metro lines, but in 1998 a new extension was opened along the Embarcadero and to the Caltrain station at 4th and King Streets. Service along that extension was originally provided by the E Embarcadero line, which ran between Embarcadero Station and the Caltrain station. The N Judah line was later extended along the new extension to replace the E line. On April 7, 2007, the T Third Street line replaced the N line along this route, but N line service was reinstated on June 30, 2007 to serve alongside the T.

Since at least 1992 the station was serenaded by the "Jazz Man" Ronald Brewington.[6] He would play saxophone for commuters and entertain them with conversation and charm.[6] For Christmas Brewington would give out Christmas cards to passengers stating "You are my Carnegie Hall".[6] He claimed his name was Garrick Sherrod, however that was an identity he had stolen.[6] The Jazz Man was actually a fugitive from Albuquerque facing capital murder charges stemming from the 1987 murder of his wife Diedre.[6] He was arrested at a BART station in 2012 and extradited to New Mexico.[6] In 2013, he pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
B1 Outbound  J Church toward Balboa Park (Montgomery St)
 K Ingleside toward Balboa Park (Montgomery St)
 L Taraval toward 46th Avenue and Wawona (Montgomery St)
 M Ocean View toward San Jose and Geneva / Balboa Park (Montgomery St)
 N Judah toward Judah and La Playa (Montgomery St)
 S Castro Shuttle toward Castro Street, West Portal on AT&T Park game days (Montgomery St)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Inbound  J Church toward Embarcadero (last stop)
 L Taraval toward Embarcadero (last stop)
 M Ocean View toward Embarcadero (last stop)
 N Judah toward 4th and King/Caltrain Depot (Folsom and The Embarcadero)
 S Castro Shuttle toward Embarcadero, 4th and King/Caltrain Depot on AT&T Park game days (Folsom and The Embarcadero)
 T Third Street toward Sunnydale (Folsom and The Embarcadero)
B2 Southbound/Westbound      Pittsburg/​Bay Point–​SFO/​Millbrae toward SFO weekdays, Millbrae weekends (Montgomery St)
     Dublin/​Pleasanton–​Daly City toward Daly City (Montgomery St)
     Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae toward Millbrae weekdays, Daly City Saturdays (Montgomery St)
     Fremont–​Daly City toward Daly City (Montgomery St)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound/Eastbound      Pittsburg/​Bay Point–​SFO/​Millbrae toward Pittsburg / Bay Point (West Oakland)
     Dublin/​Pleasanton–​Daly City toward Dublin / Pleasanton (West Oakland)
     Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae toward Richmond (West Oakland)
     Fremont–​Daly City toward Fremont (West Oakland)

Like all stations in the Market Street Subway, Embarcadero has a tri-level configuration. Passengers first descend to a mezzanine concourse containing faregates for passengers to enter separate BART and Muni paid areas, with one Muni entrance in the middle, flanked by two BART entrances.[3] Below, there are two island platforms: one on the second level down for Muni trains, and another below the Muni platform for BART trains.

Transit connections[edit]

There are numerous local and express Muni bus lines stopping at this station. The Temporary Transbay Terminal is a short walk from the station, at Howard & Beale Streets, with Greyhound, Samtrans, SolTrans, AC Transit, WestCAT, and Golden Gate Transit buses operating from it.

Amtrak Thruway Bus line 34 makes two trips to Stockton from this station daily, each way.[7] Route 99 connects San Francisco with the closest Amtrak station at Emeryville many times daily.

There is a BART Bike Station[8] inside the Embarcadero Station offering bicycle commuters with a BikeLink[9] card to use the secure bike parking facility.

When the Transbay Transit Center is complete, a pedestrian tube will be built under Beale St connecting its train platforms with the Embarcardeo Station, linking BART and Muni to the new transportation hub.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Celebrating 40 Years of Service 1972 • 2012 Forty BART Achievements Over the Years" (PDF). Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  2. ^ "BART fiscal year weekday average exits" (PDF). Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Embarcadero Station - Station Map". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  4. ^ "A History of BART: The Project is Rescued". Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  5. ^ Cerny, Susan (2007). An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Gibbs Smith. p. 502. ISBN 978-1-58685-432-4. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Huet, Ellen (November 2, 2012). "S.F. BART saxophonist is fugitive killer, cops say". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  7. ^ Amtrak Thruway Bus Route 34
  8. ^ "BART BikeStations - Getting Started". Alameda Bicycle. 2010. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  9. ^ "BikeLink - On-Demand Bike Parking and Bike Sharing". ELOCK Technologies LLC. 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 

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