BART unveils new glass canopy entrance
OAKLAND— BART’s latest efforts to improve escalator reliability and provide a more welcoming entrance to our stations in the form of a glass canopy entrance structure, is now completed and open to riders at the 19th Street station.
BART Director Robert Raburn joined a crowd of people in celebrating the grand opening of the new canopy entrance located at the intersection of Broadway and 20th street in Oakland.
The canopy provides escalators with weather protection and enhanced security, and allows employees and patrons to enjoy a greater degree of safety. Additionally, real-time train arrival information is displayed on screens at street level so customers know how soon their train is arriving before entering the station.
The canopy was designed with place-making and environmental friendliness in mind, pulling ample natural light into the station and inspiring passersby and users alike with its flowing design through transparency of glass.
The escalator in place was substantially refurbished. New LED lights were installed along both the glass structure and the iconic blue colored tiled walls inside the canopy. New modern and bright station identification signs were installed at street level. A pedestrian-safe structural glazing system is used as sidewalk allowing light to connect street and station. The canopy itself and the glass sidewalk are illuminated at night.
“This canopy is part of our efforts to modernize our aging stations,” said Director Raburn. “It's bright, welcoming, and enhances escalator reliability while adding artistic elements to the neighborhood.”
The $2 million pilot program, paid by Prop 1B funds, will test the operability and maintainability of the unit and the public’s approval for similar canopies at other stations, providing an even greater number of riders with the amenities and protections such a structure affords. BART is currently working with the cities to bring canopies to San Francisco Market Street stations and Downtown Berkeley station.