Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza and Transit Area Improvement Project


The new Downtown Berkeley BART Station Plaza opened to the public on October 18, 2018, featuring enhanced bus and BART connectivity, pedestrian improvements and modern environmental elements.

One of the most noticeable changes is the sleek glass and steel main entrance enclosure.

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The plaza is designed to improve both safety and walkability through LED lighting, granite aggregate pavers with neutral color tones, public art and landscaping. All on-site stormwater will be treated through bio-retention planters and landscaping.

(Find out more of our efforts to prevent storm water pollution here.)

BART and the City of Berkeley first began their collaboration in 2006 with initial planning and design. Using a community-based design process, the goals were to enhance multi-modal transit access to expand ridership; increase accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists, reorganize the public space to better accommodate transit users and, importantly, to reflect the identity of the community and history of Downtown Berkeley.

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Main Entrance concept, Images provided by Office of District Architect, BART

Construction on the project began in July of 2016. It was funded by State Prop 1B and local area grants including Measure F. The overall budget was $13 million including $9.4 million for construction.  The project was completed within budget.

Click on the link below for details on the new plaza's features:

Opening Press Release

Archive materials:

Station Entrance Closure Map

May 2018 -The main entrance at Shattuck and Center is still under construction and is estimated to open in summer 2018.  Click on the link below for a map that shows station entrance closures.

July 2017- Main Entrance Closure and Clipper Fare Gates at south end.  For information related to the BART Entrance Closures, click the link below

BART Passenger Bulletin

January 2017- For information related to the BART Entrance Closures, click the link below

BART Passenger Bulletin

Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza construction activities begin late August 2016

Click on the link for more information related to construction schedule and entrance closures:

BART Passenger Bulletin

For a link to the Final Construction Drawings, and additional supporting documents, click on the City of Berkeley Webpage link below:

The Final IS/MND was unanimously adopted by the BART Board of Directors on August 13, 2015

Click here for the Final IS/MND

Click Here for Appendices

For illustrations of selected 65% design documents, click here

 For previous concept render presented to City Council, click here

For previous public meeting presentations, and project information click here

For more information, contact Scott Smith at [email protected]

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