Construction for 19th Street Oakland Station modernization set to begin


Construction for 19th Street Oakland Station modernization set to begin

BART is working to upgrade 19th Street/Oakland BART Station with improvements that will expand station capacity, reduce crowding, improve access, save energy, reduce fare evasion, and enhance the customer experience.

BART is planning for the construction on the first phase of the modernization project to begin in the coming months. Mobilization and preparation work has started on January 25th, as crews have begun constructing secure equipment storage areas in preparation for demolition and construction.

19th Street modernization on platform

19th Street modernization on concourse

Building off of BART's 2014 Station Modernization Plan, BART plans to begin construction in Early 2020 on the following upgrades:

  • Renovate and re-open the Public Restrooms on the Concourse level

  • Reconfigure concourse from three separate paid areas into one continuous paid area

  • Replacement of existing light fixtures with energy-efficient LED lighting throughout station

  • Expansion of the fare paid area at the north end of the station, including a new station agent booth and new fare gates

  • New north end platform elevator

  • New glass railings and fare barriers

  • Repair of terrazzo flooring and ceramic wall tiles

  • New public art installations throughout station

  • Expansion of interior bike parking and addition of bike channels

The total construction timeline is estimated at least 30 months. Substantial construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2022. Public restrooms on the concourse level is expected to open in early 2021.

These improvements are funded by State of California Proposition 1B funds, BART Measure RR funds, Caltrans (STIP) funds, Alameda CTC Measure BB funds, and a Federal Department of Transportation TIGER Grant, as part of the broader GO Uptown project with the City of Oakland.

19th Street/Oakland BART Station Improvements Summary Sheet

BART conducted in-station events and an online survey to get input on the Station Modernization Plan in June 2014. Over 629 people provided feedback.

The following were rated as the most important improvements by survey participants:

  • Maintain and upgrade general infrastructure functionality – e.g. ensure that escalators/elevators work, repair elevator leaks, increase storage for cleaning equipment, replace worn out hardware (75% surveyed rated as "important" or "extremely important")

  • Improve general station cleanliness and upkeep – e.g. repaint ceilings and repairing floors, repair damaged bricks (68% surveyed rated as "important" or "extremely important")

  • Upgrade the lighting within the station, including more energy efficient lighting (61% surveyed rated as "important" or "extremely important")

For more information, please visit the 19th Street/Oakland Station Modernization Project page.