Richmond–Fremont line

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Richmond–Fremont line
Type Rapid transit
System Bay Area Rapid Transit
Locale East Bay
Counties: Contra Costa and Alameda
Cities: Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, Union City, and Fremont
Termini Richmond
Stations 18
(plus 3 under construction)
Opened September 11, 1972
Operator(s) San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Line length 36.7 miles (59.1 km)
Track gauge 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)
(Indian gauge)
Electrification Third rail, 1000 V DC
Operating speed 35.5 mph (57.1 km/h)
Highest elevation at grade, elevated, underground
Route map
Richmond Maintenance Yard
RichmondAmtrak Amtrak
Richmond Greenway
El Cerrito del Norte
El Cerrito Plaza
Contra Costa County
Alameda County
North Berkeley
Ohlone Greenway
Downtown Berkeley
SR 24
Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae
I‑980 / SR 24
19th Street Oakland
12th Street Oakland City Center
Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae
Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae
Fremont–Daly City
Dublin/Pleasanton–Daly City
Lake Merritt
enlarge… ColiseumAmtrak Oakland International Airport
Oakland Airport Connector
San Leandro
Bay Fair transfer
Dublin/Pleasanton–Daly City
South Hayward
Hayward Complex
Union City
Alameda Creek
Altamont Corridor Express
Lake Elizabeth tunnel
Irvington planned
Warm Springs / South Fremont 2016
Alameda County
Santa Clara County
Calaveras planned
MilpitasSanta Clara VTA 2017
Berryessa 2017
Silicon Valley extension
Alum Rock planned
Downtown San Jose planned
Diridon/Arena planned
Santa Clara planned

The Richmond–Fremont line is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) line in the San Francisco Bay Area that runs from Richmond to Fremont. It has 18 stations in Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, Union City, and Fremont, and is the only BART line that does not reach San Francisco. It shares all of its tracks with other BART lines on weekdays and Saturdays before 7pm.

BART colors this line orange on maps but does not refer to it by color. As BART's only line that does not cross the San Francisco Bay, it is alternatively called the East Bay line or Land line.

The Richmond–Fremont line was the first of BART's five lines to open. Service from MacArthur to Fremont began on September 11, 1972, the first day of BART operation.[1] The line was extended to Richmond on January 29, 1973.[1] Initial fares were $1.00 for Fremont to MacArthur and $1.10 for Fremont to Richmond.

Due to an electrical fire at the Hayward Maintenance Yard on May 10, 2008, BART temporarily suspended service on the Richmond–Fremont line south of Bay Fair on weekdays and Saturdays. Full service resumed on July 14, 2008.[2]

As part of BART's Warm Springs extension project and the first phase of the Silicon Valley extension project, this line will be extended to Warm Springs/South Fremont station in 2015 and then to Berryessa station in San Jose in 2016-2018. Current plans call for the line to be eventually extended to Santa Clara station.


Station Jurisdiction County Opened Other BART
Richmond Richmond Contra Costa 1973     
El Cerrito del Norte El Cerrito 1973     
El Cerrito Plaza 1973     
North Berkeley Berkeley Alameda 1973     
Downtown Berkeley 1973     
Ashby 1973     
MacArthur Oakland 1972          
19th Street Oakland 1972          
12th Street Oakland City Center 1972          
Lake Merritt 1972          
Fruitvale 1972          
Coliseum 1972               
San Leandro San Leandro 1972          
Bay Fair 1972          
Hayward Hayward 1972     
South Hayward 1972     
Union City Union City 1972     
Fremont Fremont 1972     


  1. ^ a b "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 restores full-speed service on Fremont line". Bay Area Rapid Transit. July 14, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2013.