Lake Merritt Plaza & Transit Operations Facility


Tai Chi


Project Description

BART is starting work on a new Transit Operations Facility (TOF) and redesign of the Lake Merritt Plaza area to support improved and expanded BART operations and create an enhanced multimodal transportation hub and transit plaza that better serves the neighborhood. 

The TOF will be a 3-story facility, with opportunities for retail and/or community uses at the ground floor. A study was undertaken to select the site for the TOF, and the Lake Merritt Plaza was identified as the preferred location due to its central location, the availability of space, and colocation with related systems. The TOF will be constructed where the BART Administration building was previously located. Construction is projected to begin in 2019/2020.

This project also presents an exciting opportunity to modernize the plaza to serve as an enhanced transportation hub and to support the vision of the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan, which was adopted by the City of Oakland in 2014. The Plan envisions the BART blocks as catalytic sites that establish an active neighborhood hub, provide pedestrian-oriented spines along 8th and 9th, and connect neighborhood assets – including BART, Chinatown, Laney College, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Jack London District, among others. The Plan also envisions high-rise development is envisioned for the BART parking lot block and the MetroCenter block, which will be designed and developed through a separate process in the future.


Our Goals 

  • Make Transit Work
  • Create Place
  • Connect to Community

Community Engagement 

BART is working with the community to achieve a shared vision for the site that supports BART, better serves the neighborhood and creates a safe and welcoming place for all ages.The BART Lake Merritt Plaza redesign project will have several opportunities for community input, through a community Working Group, two large community open houses, and stakeholder meetings. 

Open House 

BART hosted an open house on the project on May 10, 2017 from 4-7pm - many thanks to those of you that were able to attend! You can review the open house materails here: 

Background /  背景

Concept 1 / 概念 1

Concept 2 / 概念 2

Working Group Meetings 

Working Group 1 provided an overview of the project and discussed plaza design goals and elements. The group provided feedback summarized as:

  • Catalyze & Activate
  • Connect & Integrate
  • Safe & Welcoming

View the presentation

Working Group 2 provided feedback on three design concepts for the plaza - the two preferred options have been refined for feedback at our upcoming open house. View the presentation and boards


For questions, please contact Hannah Lindelof at hlindel@bart.gov. 


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