Dublin/Pleasanton Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Improvements


In June 2016, the BART Board adopted a new Station Access Policy to guide access practices and investments through 2025. Among others, the policy has the following goals:

Safer, Healthier, Greener

Advance the region's safety, public health, and greenhouse gas (GHG) a pollution-reduction goals.

Better Experience

Be a better neighbor, and strive for an excellent customer experience, including on the first and last mile of the trip to and from BART stations.

Subsequent to the adoption of the Policy, the BART Board adopted Performance Measures (PDF) with targets to help BART evaluate how it is doing in implementing the Station Access Policy. A key performance measure is the home-based access mode share target, which seeks to increase the districtwide active (walking and biking) mode share from 44% to 52%.

Addtionally, in 2017, City of Dublin completed the Iron Horse Trail Feasibility Study with a goal to identify improvements along the segment of the Iron Horse Trail between Dougherty Road and the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station that will better connect the Trail to BART, other trails and bikeways, and homes and businesses along the trail.

This project is to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station, with the following goals:

  • Advance the 2016 BART Station Access Policy goals (safer, healthier, greener) and targets (52% active access by 2025)
  • Separate pedestrian and bicyclist traffic to improve safety and comfort for all BART customers
  • Close a gap in the Iron Horse Trail through the station area

In parallel to BART's project, City of Dublin is advancing design for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Dublin Boulevard and other improvements to the trail segment immediately north of the BART station area.

Access to Dublin/Pleasanton

As an end-of-the-line station, Dublin/Pleasanton attracts BART riders from many distant locations, as illustrated in the map below. For these riders, the only really viable options for accessing BART are to drive and park at BART, or to ride a regional bus.

Map of origins of BART riders zoomed out

There are, however, many BART riders who walk and bike to the station. The table below shows the the breakdown of access trips to BART in 2015 - the last time BART conducted its Station Profile Study. It also shows how the numbers of people walking and biking to the station have increased since the 2008 Station Profile Study.

Station Profile data table 2008 and 2015

There are also BART riders who live relatively nearby the station who also drive and park, or get dropped off (see map below), but might choose to walk or bike instead if only they felt safe and comfortable doing so.

This project aims to support existing biking and walking trips to BART, and to make walking and biking to BART a better, more attractive option for more people who can and want to walk and bike.

Map of origins of BART riders zoomed in.

Geographic Context

The aerial image below illustrates the broader station area and highlights the locations of both BART's project and City of Dublin's project.

Aerial image of station area highlighting BART's project area and City of Dublin's project area

Scope of Work

The scope of work for the project includes the following:

  • A two-way cycle track separated from vehicle traffic and from the pedestrian sidewalk
  • Pedestrian-scale lighting
  • Improved lighting under the freeway and aerial BART structures
  • Additional secure bicycle parking
  • Wayfinding
  • Landscaping and storm water management
  • Safety and security features
  • A small park/plaza/gateway treatment at the transition to the Iron Horse Trail to the north
  • Art


BART has been coordinating and working closely with several key external stakeholders on this project, including:

List of external stakeholders and partners

Conceptual Design

The images below illustrate the details of the conceptual design.

North Segment (Dublin) DRAFT Conceptual Design

Conceptual design for the north segment of the project alignment (Dublin).

Center Segment DRAFT Conceptual Design

Conceptual Design for the center segment of the alignment (outside station entrance).

South Segment (Pleasanton) DRAFT Conceptual Design

Conceptual design for the south segment of the alignment (Pleasanton).

Project Schedule

  • September 2018: Complete Conceptual Design
  • Winter 2018: Complete 65% Design
  • Spring 2019: Complete Final Design
  • Summer 2019: Procurement
  • Fall 2019: Start Construction


Have feedback? We'd love to hear from you. Please email us at DPAccess@bart.gov

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