Planning Policies

BART’s Strategic Plan Framework was adopted by the Board of Directors in 2015. BART is currently working on developing supporting materials such as work plans and performance measures. 

BART's Annual Report describes priority activities BART is taking in the next year to improve the system, such as getting new train cars into service, overhauling escalators and elevators, and beginning work to implement Measure RR projects.


Map showing station access types

In June 2016, the BART Board adopted a new Station Access Policy to guide access practices and investments through 2025. Access investment priorities at each station are guided by the station's assigned access type, shown above.  To inform development of a new policy, BART prepared a background report that identifies the current policy context, discusses recent trends, and examines selected best practices from other transit agencies. Read more about our efforts to updated the policy and view all of BART's previous access policies and practices at


BART’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) program aims to help create great communities near stations through development of BART property and partnerships with cities. Read our policy and get information about TOD related projects and our the development of a 4-Year Work Plan at

The TOD Policy also incorporates the Affordable Housing Policy, adopted by the BART Board in January 2016.

Related Reports:

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Guidelines (.pdf) emphasize key BART goals and priorities for all who have a stake in the planning a BART station area. This document is currently being updated to reflect the new TOD Policy.

BART Parking Management Toolkit report (.pdf)

Travel characteristics of transit-oriented development in California (.pdf)

BART has completed studies evaluating the property value premium created by proximity to BART stations.  These studies are:

Property Value and Fiscal Benefits of BART (Single Family and Condominium - August 2014)

The Benefits of BART to Single Family and Condominium Property Values by County (July 2015)

The Benefits of BART for Office and Apartment Properties (July 2015)

The Benefits of BART for the Downtown San Francisco Office Market (July 2015)



BART's Environmental Policy - Consistent with its mission to provide rapid transit service, BART is committed to continuously improving its operating practices to preserve the environment of the San Franscisco Bay Area by adopting feasible practices to:

  • Prevent pollution and preserve natural resources.
  • Build partnerships, to sustain and enhance our environment.
  • Meet or exceed environmental, health, and safety requirements.
  • Address and responsibly correct conditions that hinder a sustainable envionrment.
  • Create and achieve enviornmental objectives and targets that are measurable and meaningful.
  • Communicate this policy to all employees and to the community BART serves.

Read more about BART's sustainable goals and strategies here.


In 2015, the BART Board adopted a new Art in Transit Policy.  More information on BART's art program can be found at


Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. A hazard mitigation plan identifies the hazards a community or region faces, assesses their vulnerability to the hazards and identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk from the hazards. Read more about BART's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and about the upcoming public comment period for the draft update of the plan.

Find out more about Station Area Planning in these areas:

Alameda County
Contra Costa County
San Francisco City and County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County