Station Access Policy

BART is updating its Station Access Policy to guide station access investments, resource management, and practices through 2025. Much has changed in the years since the existing BART Access Management and Improvements Policy was put into place in 2000. The District has experienced rapid ridership growth, has implemented parking pricing and adopted new policies, and several expansion projects have opened or are under constructiFaregateson. These factors present an opportunity to update the Station Access Policy to better reflect the current context. 

Draft Station Access Policy

The BART Board discussed the Draft Policy, including Station Typologies and Design Hierarchy, at the April 28 Board Meeting. Please view the presentation here. The policy will be refined based on feedback and presented to the Board for adoption in June 2016.

If you have questions or comments on the Draft Policy, please send them to by May 20, 2016.


To inform development of a new policy, BART prepared the BART Access Policy Update background report that identifies the current policy context, discusses recent trends, and examines selected best practices from other transit agencies. This report and a BART Presentation on Station Access were discussed at a Board workshop in October 2015. In early 2016, the BART Board discussed a more detailed presentation of the draft policy and supporting documentation; these materials were refined to reflect the Draft Policy above. 

Ongoing BART Access Studies:

Previous BART Access Policies and Practices:

Peer Agency Best Practices:

  • TCRP Guidelines for Providing Access to Public Transportation Stations: National guidelines on how to best provide access to stations. 
  • LA Metro Parking Management Work Program: This presentation outlines for Metro's board the activities that the agency is undertaking to address parking. It describes how Metro now has a project underway to update the agency’s parking policies and develop a comprehensive Supportive Transit Parking Program (STPP) Master Plan. 
  • TransLink Park-and-Ride Policy: This document states TransLink's approach to managing parking. While it applies to the region’s entire parking system, TransLink has taken steps to implement parking management at transit stations through the adoption of its parking pricing program in 2012. This policy is similar in many respects to BART’s parking pricing strategy. 
  • Tri-Met Pedestrian Network Analysis Project: A detailed, system-wide assessment of pedestrian conditions on and off station property in the Tri-Met system. BART is using this as an example, and plans to include a pedestrian network analysis at ten BART station areas. 
  • WMATA Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Improvements Study: This study put in motion a campaign to enhance bicycle and pedestrian access to WMATA stations. It set a goal of tripling bicycle access mode share by 2020, and set the foundation for a capital plan to steer non-motorized access improvements throughout the system. 
  • WMATA Station Site and Access Planning Manual: In 2008, WMATA developed the Station Site and Access Planning Manual. In it, the agency developed mode prioritization strategies and guidelines to guide planning and design at a range of station types.