Lake Merritt station

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Lake Merritt
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Middle of the platform at Lake Merritt 2 (38817795525).jpg
Looking north on the platform at Lake Merritt BART
Location 800 Madison Street
Oakland, California
Coordinates 37°47′52″N 122°16′00″W / 37.797773°N 122.266588°W / 37.797773; -122.266588Coordinates: 37°47′52″N 122°16′00″W / 37.797773°N 122.266588°W / 37.797773; -122.266588
Owned by Bay Area Rapid Transit
Line(s) BART A-Line
Platforms 1 island platform
Connections Bus transport AC Transit: 18, 62, 88, 96, 611
Bus transport ACMC Highland Shuttle
Construction
Parking 207 spaces
Bicycle facilities racks, 84 lockers
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened September 11, 1972
Traffic
Passengers (FY 2016) 7,393 exits/day[1]
Services
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Richmond
Richmond–​Warm Springs/South Fremont
toward Fremont
toward Daly City
Warm Springs/South Fremont–​Daly City
Dublin/​Pleasanton–​Daly City

Lake Merritt is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station located east of Downtown Oakland near the eponymous Lake Merritt. It is the nearest BART station to Chinatown and Laney College.

History[edit]

The BART Operations Control Center, located adjacent to the station

The construction of Lake Merritt station and the adjacent BART Administration Building leveled three blocks of Chinatown - one of several major displacements in the area, along with I-880, Laney College, and the Oakland Museum of California, that took place in the mid-20th century.[2] The station opened on September 11, 1972 - part of the first section of BART to open.[3]

The BART Administration Building was located in a dedicated six-story office building constructed concurrently on top of the station. Years later, due to potential risk of earthquake, the headquarters was moved away from the station to leased space in the Kaiser Center. The Administration Building was dismantled in 2009 and 2010.[4]

Station layout[edit]

The station has a single island platform located two levels below ground, with a fare mezzanine above it. The station has four entrances from Oak Street between 8th Street and 9th Street.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bay Area Rapid Transit District. "Monthly Ridership Reports". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Lake Merritt Station Area Plan" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. December 2014. p. 2-4. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Earthquake safety work planned for Lake Merritt Station" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. May 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Station Map - Lake Merritt". San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. Archived from the original on November 8, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Lake Merritt station at Wikimedia Commons