Berkeley-El Cerrito Corridor Access Plan
BART Board of Directors approved goals and objectives for the El Cerrito Plaza Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) on October 28
The BART Board approved El Cerrito Plaza's TOD goals and objectives on October 28 that include a maximum of 250 BART commuter car parking spaces to be provided on-site. Please visit the BART Board webpage to view the agenda package and to see the meeting minutes when they are posted.
BART hosted virtual community meeting on October 12, 2021
On October 12, 2021, BART hosted a community meeting over Zoom focused on potential options for riders getting to and from the El Cerrito Plaza BART station. As part of the Berkeley El Cerrito Corridor Access Plan, BART is working with the city of El Cerrito to best provide station access for riders as mixed-income housing is built on the station's parking lots. You can watch the video of the community meeting here or review the presentation.
Online Open House and Survey Summary focused on El Cerrito Plaza Station
A summary of the July-August online open house and survey focused on El Cerrito Plaza station is found here. A similar summary for North Berkeley and Ashby stations will be published later this year.
View our project FAQs || Download our project Fact Sheet || Descargue nuestra hoja de datos del Proyecto || 下载我们的项目情况说明书 || Provide feedback – Riders who use these stations and neighbors who live near the stations can give us station specific comments or overall comments about the entire corridor || View a list of all outreach events and reference materials
BART is helping address the housing and climate crises by fulfilling state, regional, and local goals to build housing around El Cerrito Plaza, North Berkeley and Ashby stations as transit-oriented developments (TOD). These TODs will result in roughly 2,500 new mixed-income apartments that maximize housing near transit, improving sustainable transportation options to work, school, and recreation for people of all abilities and income levels. People who live close to transit tend to drive less, improving traffic safety and lowering greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. This plan, which is funded by California’s Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is focused on developing strategies along the Richmond line that more equitably distribute BART’s investments in walking, rolling, biking, riding transit, driving, and parking.
The Berkeley-El Cerrito Corridor Access Plan provides a rare opportunity to comprehensively analyze how residents in Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond, Albany, Kensington, Emeryville, and Oakland who currently drive and park at the stations could access BART along the corridor. It will balance the need for BART-rider parking, which is expensive and uses a lot of space, with transportation options that enhance community vibrancy and safety. This approach is universally supported by locally adopted community plans and policies as well as BART’s Station Access and TOD policies and performance metrics, which can be accessed here.
Approach and Objectives
The BECCAP will approach its analysis with these three primary inputs:
- Policies and plans: Extensive review of and alignment with adopted plans and policies
- Engagement: Robust collaboration with municipalities, community members, and riders
- Analysis: Thorough analysis of each neighborhood’s context and transportation options for getting to and from BART stations along the corridor
The BECCAP will provide the following results:
- A proposed set of access and parking management strategies for BART, cities, and other agencies along the corridor that can be put in place at the time of TOD construction
- An understanding of access options that grow BART ridership in such a way that minimizes subsidies from BART’s operating budget in order to improve transit riders’ experience while meeting equity and sustainability goals
- Parameters for the amount of space BART customer parking replacement
It is important to note that this work will not focus on specific access and circulation plans for individual BART stations. Station access plans will be funded by the TOD developers as part of the pre-development work at each station.
Work on the BECCAP began in January of 2021 and is expected to conclude fall of 2022.
Feel free to submit your comments about the BECCAP here.