East Contra Costa BART Extension (eBART)


eBART Contract 04SF-140 for the Procurement of eBART Vehicles Request for Proposals ("RFP") Now Available -  Get the RFP  

 

The District received one proposal in response to the RFP for the Procurement of eBART Vehicles from Stadler, Inc. on April 30, 2013. The proposal is currently in evaluation and award is anticipated early 2014.

 


NEW! eBART Next Segment Study

Please let us know what you think about a possible future eBART extension, and where you would like a possible future station located.

eBART Next Segment Power Point Presentation. Click here.

Please send comments and questions about eBART Next Segment to esmith1@bart.gov.


eBART is coming to East Contra Costa County! Construction on this exciting project has already commenced. Being built in coordination with the Highway 4 widening project, the combined project represents approximately $1 Billion invested in the corridor.

Get the eBART project factsheet. Click Here

 

 

eBART is a new type of train for BART, although they are widely in use in Europe and elsewhere in the US. Called DMU (for diesel multiple-unit) trains, they are smaller than BART trains, have comfortable seats, wide windows and level boarding. eBART will allow East County residents to board a train at Hillcrest Avenue and arrive at the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station in 10 minutes. eBART trains will be timed to meet BART trains at Pittsburg/Bay Point.

The DMU train was chosen to bring BART-quality rail service to East County at a much lower cost than conventional BART. The eBART project is 60% less expensive than conventional BART. Nothing about eBART precludes construction of conventional BART in the future given adequate ridership and funding. 

eBART stations will support multi-modal access: pedestrians, cyclists, Tri Delta Transit buses, and parking will all be accommodated.

eBART will provide over 600 construction jobs, and 40 to 80 permanent BART jobs once in operation.

For More Information
Email: ang@bart.gov

Visit: www.bart.gov/about/projects/ecc

 

 

The eBART project has been supported by Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Contra Costa County, Tri Delta Transit, MTC, TRANSPLAN and CCTA. In April 2009, BART adopted the project and construction began in early 2011.

 

 


eBART Environmental Benefits

  • Removes cars from highways and roads
  • Reduces annual vehicle miles traveled by 99 million
  • Carries as many people as an additional lane of Highway 4
  • Improves freeway operations
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 260,000 lbs per day
  • Reduces consumption of energy and petroleum
  • Supports the Bay Area’s Clean Air Plan


The eBART Project

  • A 10-mile extension of the BART system to Antioch
  • Clean-diesel technology with a capacity of 300 to 400 people per 2-vehicle train
  • Tracks located in Highway 4 median
  • Three stations:
    • Transfer platform at Pittsburg/Bay Point Station
    • Railroad Avenue Station (to be funded by City of Pittsburg and built later as an infill station)

    • Hillcrest Avenue Station
  • Seamless transfer to BART trains at Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station
  • Does not preclude future conventional BART service


Project Background

The eBART Project represents the first phase of a plan to extend rail service into East County.  The eBART Project provides a cost-effective way to bring BART service to Antioch, and the rest of east Contra Costa County.  eBART will provide East County with frequent, reliable, and high quality rail service that will connect the growing region of East Contra Costa County with areas already served by BART.

BART completed an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the eBART project (visit the Environmental Section). The EIR compared DMU trains, conventional BART, light rail, and bus rapid transit. The DMU option achieves project objectives better than any alternative technology.

Funding is coming from Contra Costa County, BART, regional bridge tolls, the State of California and East Contra Costa County communities.

Comment from a resident:

"My wife and I bought a house in Antioch a little over 3 years ago anticipating that BART would have been extended into Antioch by the time that we moved into our home. Taking BART in Pittsburg is great but it would be even better if it was in Antioch. In the morning at 5:00 AM, it takes us 30 - 45 minutes to travel 10 miles on Highway 4 to get to BART. That is an awful commute that should only take 10 - 15 minutes. If they extend BART to Antioch it would only take us probably 5 minutes from our house to get to BART.

Every morning when we arrive at the BART station the trains are full with commuters - the demand is there. The extension of BART into Antioch will also lesson traffic on Highway 4, which is the worst in the Bay Area. The demand is there. eBART also will help the environment to get people to use mass transit instead of sitting in their cars for hours trying to get home. Please help us by extending BART into Antioch."
– Antioch Resident comment on the eBART Draft EIR
 

 

Last Updated: April 3, 2013