MacArthur station (BART)

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Bay Area Rapid Transit
MacArthur station from flyover ramp (3), May 2019.JPG
MacArthur station viewed from the I-580/SR 24 interchange in 2019
Location555 40th Street (in Route 24 median)
Oakland, California
Coordinates37°49′42″N 122°16′02″W / 37.828260°N 122.267275°W / 37.828260; -122.267275Coordinates: 37°49′42″N 122°16′02″W / 37.828260°N 122.267275°W / 37.828260; -122.267275
Owned byBART
Line(s)BART K-Line
Platforms2 island platforms
ConnectionsBus transport AC Transit: C, 6, 18, 57, 705, 800
Bus transport Alta Bates Summit Shuttles: 1, 2, 3/4, Summit/Alta Bates Bullet
Bus transport Caltrans Bay Bridge Bicycle Shuttle
Bus transport Children's Hospital Oakland Shuttle
Bus transport Emery Go-Round: Hollis, Shellmound-Powell, Watergate Express
Bus transport Kaiser Oakland Shuttle
Bus transport WestCAT: 705, 708
Parking602 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesracks, 40 lockers
Disabled accessYes
OpenedSeptember 11, 1972
Passengers (FY 2016)9,530 exits/day[1]Increase 2.86% (BART)
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Millbrae (Daly City on Saturdays)
Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae
toward Richmond
Richmond–​Warm Springs/South Fremont
toward SFO (Millbrae on weeknights & weekends)

MacArthur is a rapid transit station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in the Temescal District of Oakland, California. It is the largest station in the BART system, being the only one with four platform tracks. Service through MacArthur is timed for cross-platform transfers between the southbound lines that pass through the station. MacArthur station is in North Oakland, in the median of Route 24 just north of its interchange with I-580 and perpendicular to 40th Street and MacArthur Boulevard. The surrounding neighborhood is mostly low-density residential, making MacArthur station primarily a commuting hub.[2]


MacArthur station opened on September 11, 1972, as the northern terminus of the inaugural BART line, which ran to Fremont. Upon the opening of the Transbay Tube in 1974, the station began to serve Transbay trains to San Francisco. Nia Wilson was killed at the station on July 22, 2018.[3]

Sunday-only service to the station on the Dublin/Pleasanton line began as part of service changes effective February 11, 2019.[4]

MacArthur Transit Village[edit]

Because of MacArthur's importance as an interchange and its location in the center of the East Bay, BART has conducted a number of feasibility studies about the prospects of creating transit-oriented development around the station. These studies have resulted in a plan for the "MacArthur Transit Village," a mixed-use development on the eastern side of Route 24 bounded by 40th Street, Telegraph Avenue, and West MacArthur Boulevard.[5] The current plan calls for 624 residential units as well as 42,500 square feet of retail space. MacArthur Commons occupies Parcel A and Parcel C of the Village, providing 385 apartment units.[6] The groundbreaking for the project was held in May 2011 with the start of construction for a new 450-space parking garage for BART.[7] BART opened a parking garage as part of the project in September 2014.[8] As of 2018, the village is under construction and will include around 850 units and a tower 260 feet tall.[9]

Station layout[edit]

Southbound      Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae toward Daly City or Millbrae (19th Street Oakland)
     Richmond–​Warm Springs/South Fremont toward Warm Springs (19th Street Oakland)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound      Antioch–​SFO/​Millbrae toward San Francisco International Airport weekdays, Millbrae weekends (19th Street Oakland)
Northbound      Antioch–​SFO/​Millbrae toward Pittsburg / Bay Point (Rockridge)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound      Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae toward Richmond (Ashby)
     Richmond–​Warm Springs/South Fremont toward Richmond (Ashby)
G Street Level Exits/Entrances
Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
An Antioch-bound train at the station

MacArthur station was built with cross-platform interchanges in mind. There are two island platforms and four tracks. Platforms 1 and 2 serve the Richmond-Fremont line and the Richmond-Daly City/Millbrae line; Platform 1 goes Northbound towards Richmond, and Platform 2 goes Southbound towards Fremont and Daly City/Millbrae. Platforms 3 and 4 serve the Antioch–SFO/Millbrae line; Platform 3 goes Northbound toward Pittsburg/Bay Point, and Platform 4 goes Southbound toward SFO/Millbrae. Connections between the lines are timed for Southbound passengers between Platforms 2 and 4. This is not the case for Northbound passengers, as a timed transfer point already exists further south at 19th Street Station. MacArthur tends to be crowded in the morning due to high transfer volume between two lines where only a few people get off while many are trying to board.[10] Southbound trains converge to single track towards downtown Oakland, and San Francisco bound trains are given priority when departing in that direction.

Bus connections[edit]

Connecting AC Transit transit lines at this station include Line 57 to Foothill Square and Emeryville and Line C to Piedmont and San Francisco. The free Kaiser Shuttle to Oakland Medical Center and another shuttle to Children's Hospital Oakland as well as shuttles to Alta Bates campuses also serve the station in addition to the free Emery-Go-Round bus system to Emeryville.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bay Area Rapid Transit District. "Monthly Ridership Reports". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. ^ MacArthur BART access feasibility study Archived 2010-11-20 at the Wayback Machine BART Retrieved 24 August 2010
  3. ^ "Nia Wilson Honored At Emotional Memorial Service". SFGate. August 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "February 11 schedule change impacts weekdays and Sundays" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. January 15, 2019.
  5. ^ MacArthur Transit Village information sheet Archived 2009-08-04 at the Wayback Machine City of Oakland Retrieved 24 August 2010
  6. ^ Torres, Blanca (February 28, 2017). "Hines breaks ground on Oakland apartment project next to BART". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  7. ^ MacArthur Transit Village project breaks ground after 17 years. Sean Mayer. Oakland Tribune. 23-05-2011.
  8. ^ "New parking garage opens at MacArthur Station 9/15" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. September 9, 2014.
  9. ^ "City Council Approves 260-Foot Tower For MacArthur Transit Village". Hoodline. March 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Cabanatuan, Michael (April 10, 2010). "BART can't keep pace with rising 'crush loads'". SFGate.

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