Transit-Oriented Development - El Cerrito Plaza

Transit-Oriented Development - El Cerrito Plaza Station

Request for Qualifications for a Developer of Transit-Oriented Development at the El Cerrito Plaza Station

On July 21, 2020, BART released a Request for Qualifications for a developer to build transit-oriented development at the El Cerrito Plaza. The relevant documents may be downloaded from the following links:

Request for Qualifications (5 MB PDF)

ADDENDUM to Request for Qualifications - Issued August 28, 2020 (PDF)

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (66 MB PDF)

Response to Questions Received by August 11, 2020

A virtual presubmittal conference was held for interested developers and possible consultants on Tuesday August 4 at 2:00 PM, with a Networking Session held on August 14.  More details on these events are below.

Responses to this RFQ are due no later than 4:00 PM on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

The project is aligned with the City of El Cerrito’s San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan Update (ongoing), El Cerrito’s Strategic and Economic Development Action Plans, and BART's Transit-Oriented Development related policies, all of which are  described within the Request for Qualifications.

Pre-Submittal Conference Materials

On August 4, 2020, BART staff held a Pre-Submittal conference at the El Cerrito Plaza Station TOD on Zoom. Interested parties may access materials below:

Meeting Recording:

List of Participants  (PDF)

Presentation (PDF)

Small Business Networking Sessions - August 14

To encourage Small Business participation, BART's Office of Civil Rights has coordinated a virtual networking session with developers interested in responding to the RFQ. Firms interested in subcontracting opportunities are requested to RFVP directly with participating developers. This networking session resource list (UPDATED 8/12/20) has information on how to contact developers who led networking events.  

2019 El Cerrito Plaza Station Access Survey

To prepare for development of its surface parking lots at El Cerrito Plaza, BART has been engaged in a study of potential  parking replacement and station access options, which was funded by a Caltrans Sustainable Communities Planning Grant.  BART conducted a survey in January 2019 to capture and reflect the opinion of daily/frequent BART riders. For this reason, flyers were handed to people coming and going from the station during the morning and midday peaks, and were posted around the station. This survey was intended to collect information from BART customers regularly using the El Cerrito Plaza BART station, and was not intended to function as the engagement that will be done for the TOD project on a neighborhood, city, or regional level.

This survey does not provide a comprehensive view of travel behavior and relies on stated preference and stated behaviors instead of observed behaviors. It is intended to guide the development of potential strategies and community outreach efforts.

To view more detail about the survey methodology and findings, please click here.

To view the original survey questions, please click here. Note that the survey was done online and uses logic in several questions to let respondents branch to appropriate follow up questions. Since the survey is no longer open, the linked document spells out the logic structure.

Community Outreach

BART staff are excited to bring this upcoming development project forward to the community for comment and input.  We are currently taking input on Goals and Objectives, which will be included in RFQ for consideration by developers and will form the criteria for evaluating proposals.  At upcoming meetings in Fall 2019, BART will take further input and refine recommendations for Parking Replacement and Sustainable Access Strategies for the new development. 

Below is a schedule of recent and upcoming meetings:

  • July 27 and 29, 2019 – San Pablo Avenue Plan Workshops

  • August 14 2019 – El Cerrito Plaza TOD Open House

    • Thanks to everyone who came out to join BART to learn more and provide input on Parking Replacement and Access Strategies for TOD

    • To view materials from the meeting, please click here

  • October 3 2019Community Open House

    • When:  Thursday, October 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 PM 
    • Where:  Hana Gardens Senior Center, 10870 San Pablo Avenue
    • What:  BART staff was on hand to answer questions related to the development process and talk about issues related to parking, transportation, and access
    • To view materials from the meeting, please click here
  • November 19 2019 – El Cerrito City Council Meeting
  • January 9 2020 – BART Board Meeting
  • July 21, 2020 – Publish RFQ

  • September-November 2020 – Select Developer and enter into Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA)

  • 2021 and ongoing – Community Outreach, Design, and Entitlement process

Community Feedback Summary

BART is committed to listening to the concerns of the greater El Cerrito community as we move ahead with issuing a Request for Qualifications for a development partner and begin the design and approvals process in 2020.  So far, BART staff have conducted surveys of El Cerrito Plaza BART riders in early 2019, held an in-station open house during evening commute hours in August 2019, and hosted an open house event with the City Of El Cerrito in October 2019.  Additionally, staff has participated in El Cerrito-led San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan Workshops in July, 2019 and presented at City Council meetings on February 5, 2019 and November 19, 2019.

This document summarizes the themes that have risen to the surface when speaking to the community about issues related to development, parking, and access.  BART looks forward to continuing this conversation with the El Cerrito community in 2020.

Site Overview

The BART properties offered for development are depicted in the aerial map below.  Exact dimensions and acreage to be confirmed as part of RFQ process.  These are the current BART surface parking lots. BART has been conducting community engagement, and will continue to do so with its future developer partner, to help inform decisions about the level of replacement parking for BART patrons that will be provided in the TOD project, and whether other access investments could help ensure access for customers who park at the station today. No decisions about replacement parking levels will be made until after a developer is selected, the community is involved, and a feasible project concept is created.

Map of El Cerrito transit oriented development

Sign Up For Updates

For specific inquiries regarding transit-oriented development at the El Cerrito Plaza BART Station, please email the El Cerrito Plaza BART TOD Team (

You may also sign up for email updates from the Real Estate and Property Development Department, by registering for general BART emails and selecting "Transit-Oriented Development Projects."