East Contra Costa BART Extension (eBART) - FAQ


eBART FAQ

What is eBART and BART to Antioch?

eBART is the project to build a new rail system that continues transit service from BART's Pittsburg/Bay Point Station to Antioch. This rail system uses standard gauge (4’-8 ½”) track with state-of-the art Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) Vehicles.  Once opened, the service will be called BART to Antioch.

When will Pittsburg Center and Antioch Station be open for service?

Revenue service is scheduled to begin in May 2018. An exact date will soon be set.

What will the hours of operation be?

The hours of operation will be the same as the existing BART System.  The BART QuickPlanner will have the exact schedule as we get closer to the opening date.

What do the new DMU trains offer?

The new trains are fueled by environmentally friendly renewable diesel from hydrogenated vegetable oil.and will be able to transport an estimated 2,400 people in each direction per hour during commute times. The trains boast a variety of amenities including high-back seats, six digital signs (with multiple language support), automated audio announcements, clear station arrival / destination signs, and modern climate control systems.  They are also roomy - offering space for wheel chairs and bikes.  BART owns 8 DMU trains. The train size will vary based upon demand with a maximum of 3 cars coupled together.

  • Vehicle capacity – 104 seats, 96 standees, total 200
  • Rush hour capacity - 2400 persons/hr
  • Max and avg. speed - 75 MPH, avg. 60 MPH
  • Avg. travel time from Antioch to Pittsburg Center – 7 minutes
  • Avg. travel time from Pittsburg Center to Pittsburg/Bay Point – 3 minutes

The DMU train technology was chosen to bring BART rail service to East Contra Costa County at relatively low cost of $525 million which is approximately 60% less expensive than conventional BART.

How frequent will the service be?

BART to Antioch service mirrors BART’s schedule. Service frequency will be 15 minutes except for nights and weekends which will be 20 minutes.

Where will the new stations be located?

BART to Antioch will have two 2 stations: Pittsburg Center Station and Antioch Station.

The Pittsburg Center Station entrance is located on Railroad Ave. above State Route Highway 4.   

The Antioch Station entrance is located at 1600 Slatten Ranch Road in Antioch. Take SR4 to Hillcrest Ave. and head north then head east on Slatten Ranch Road. 

How do the trains operate?

Engineers maintain full operational control over BART to Antioch trains. 

As an added safety feature, trains are also equipped with Automatic Train Protection that enforces authorized speed limits along the entire rail alignment and ensures that trains maintain a safe distance from each other. 

Maintaining a safe distance between trains is accomplished by reducing the authorized speed of the following train. 

If the Engineer exceeds the authorized speed, an alarm is sounded and the Engineer has 2 seconds to reduce the speed of the train or Automatic Train Protection will engage and will safely bring the train to a stop.

Check out the walkthrough animation:

Pittsburg Center Animation

Antioch Station Walkthrough Animation

Transfer Platform Animation 

What is the wait time at the transfer platform when transferring from the Antioch train to a traditional BART train?

Transfers from a BART train to a BART to Antioch train will be quick and easy at the transfer platform which is located just outside Pittsburg/Bay Point Station. 

Peak Commute Direction

0-2 minutes wait time during the peak commute time and direction on weekdays. Specifically, 4 a.m. - 1 p.m. for trains heading in the commute direction (towards San Francisco) and 1 p.m - 8 p.m. for trains heading in the Antioch direction.

Non-Peak Direction

8 minutes wait for riders heading in the non-peak direction (reverse commute) during the weekday before 8pm.

Nights and Weekends

The schedule calls for a seamless transfer with no wait time when frequency is 20 minutes.

What will the fares be?

BART applied its existing distance-based fare structure to calculate fares for the new service.  The additional 9.2 miles between Antioch Station to Pittsburg Bay/Bay Point Station will increase the Clipper card fare to Embarcadero Station in San Francisco by 80 cents. The fare just from Antioch Station to Pittsburg Bay Point Station is $2.00. All BART discount programs will be applied to these fares.

The table below shows 2018 BART to Antioch sample fares using the adult Clipper card; a fare paid for with a paper ticket will be an additional 50 cents.

 Embarcadero12th St/OaklandSan Leandro
Pittsburg/Bay Point$6.70$4.90$5.55
Pittsburg Center$6.85$5.05$5.70
Antioch$7.50$5.70$6.35

 

How many parking stalls are there at Pittsburg Center Station and Antioch Station?

Pittsburg Center Station will have 280 parking stalls. The parking lot is located on Bliss Ave near the Railroad Ave. at the existing Park-n-Ride lot (1/4 mile from the station).  This lot is daily fee only and does not have a permit section.  

Antioch Station will have about 1000 parking stalls. There is a permit section at this lot.  Solar panels provide shaded parking that covers approximately 370 stalls..

How can I get on the monthly parking permit waitlist for the Antioch Station?

BART opened the Antioch Station monthly parking permit waitlist in January 2018.  Customers can add their name to the wait list through BART's Select a Spot system: https://www.select-a-spot.com/bart/

Some helpful points - getting a monthly permit or joining the wait list does not impact your wait list status at other BART parking lots. You cannot transfer a monthly permit from one BART lot to another,

There are no permits for the Pittsburg Center Station. It is daily fee only.

What is the fee to park?

Daily Fee $3 (Antioch and Pittsburg Center Stations)

Monthly Reserved Permit $105 (Antioch Station only)

Single Day Reserved Permit $6 (Antioch Station only)

Airport/Long Term Reserved Permit $7 (Antioch Station only)

Permits and the monthly permit waitlist is available through BART's Select a Spot system: https://www.select-a-spot.com/bart/

New to parking at a BART station? Be sure to check out the rules for parking at BART and the various ways to pay for parking. Some methods require cash only and others require getting a hang tag in advance www.bart.gov/parking

Do the solar panels in the parking lot power the station?

The Antioch Station has an on-site solar photovoltaic system sized at about one megawatt and will power the needs of the station during the day with excess energy providing power to BART’s other nearby stations.  The solar panel canopies also have the added benefit of providing shade over a portion of the parking lot.  The solar system is part of BART’s sustainability efforts to purchase cost effective renewable energy to reduce BART’s carbon footprint.

Will there be timed transfers/scheduled transfers with regular BART service at the transfer platform?

Yes. A BART to Antioch train will arrive shortly after the BART train arrives at the transfer platform which is located just outside the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station.

How long is the train ride from Antioch Station to the transfer platform?

The train ride will take less than 11 minutes.

  • Avg. travel time from Antioch to Pittsburg Center – 7 minutes
  • Avg. travel time from Pittsburg Center to Transfer Platform – 3 minutes

Will there be station restroom?

Antioch Station will have public restrooms, Pittsburg Center Station will not.

How will passenger pay/receive train tickets?

There will be Clipper vending machines at Pittsburg Center Station and Antioch Station. The vending machines will dispense Clipper cards only. There is a one-time $3 acquisition fee for the purchase of new Clipper cards.  There is no fee to add value to your Clipper card.  Magstripe paper tickets will not be sold at the stations.  Learn more about Clipper at www.clippercard.com.  To get a Clipper discount card and receive the BART 50% discount for youth (age 5 to 18 years) or 62.5% discount for seniors (age 65 and over) you must submit an application. Learn more about how to get Clipper Discounts.

While you cannot purchase magstripe paper tickets at the station, you can use paper tickets purchased elsewhere in the system to enter or exit at Pittsburg Center Station and Antioch Station.  You will be able to add fare to a paper ticket you already have at an add fare machine at each station.

What work remains or is finishing up prior to opening?

Contractors are going thru the punch-list items of the Heavy Civil/Trackwork/Structures improvements.

Both stations have the remaining items in progress: Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) Equipment installation, testing of the elevators, and punch-list items for station finishes, and escalators. 

Systems integration and testing is ongoing.

The operational testing for the train dispatching and Train Control System is currently being conducted.

What is the expected daily ridership?

The initial expected daily ridership is 5,600 trips/2,800 daily trips each way

Daily ridership is expected to exceed 10,100 by 2030.

What transit systems will connect to eBART?

Tri Delta Bus Service has bus stops in front of the Antioch Station. For more information on bus routes that connects with eBART, please visit Tri Delta website. http://trideltatransit.com/

The City of Pittsburg has constructed a multimodal transportation facility just North of the station. For more information, please visit City of Pittsburg’s website: http://www.ci.pittsburg.ca.us/index.aspx?page=915

How was the project paid for?

The total cost of the project was $525 million. Funding came from the following sources:

$140,600,000 - Contra Costa's 2004 transportation sales tax Measure J.

$111,500,000 - AB 1171 Bay Area bridge toll funds

$96,000,000 - Regional Measure 2

$63,800,000 - Regional Measure 1

$51,000,000 - Proposition 1B

$35,000,000 - East Contra Costa Regional Fee and Finance Authority (ECCRFFA)

$5,250,000 - State Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP)

$5,200,000 - BART

$4,800,000 - City of Pittsburg

$11,691,000 - Other

Who should I contact for other eBART questions?

Please see “Contact the Project” for any other additional questions relating to the eBART extension project.