BART to temporarily close some station entrances in SF and Oakland


BART to temporarily close some station entrances in SF and Oakland

On Thursday April 16th the city of San Francisco barricaded the plazas at 16th and 24th Street Mission stations to prevent social gatherings.  The stations remain open while the plazas are barricaded. 

On Monday April 13, BART temporarily closed several entrances at the four downtown San Francisco stations as well as additional entrances at the 12th & 19th Street stations in Oakland. The closures will help us focus our cleaning efforts and to improve safety for our employees and riders during times of record low ridership and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Downtown San Francisco station details:

All entrances on the north side of Market Street will remain open, while all entrances on the south side of Market will be closed.  We prioritized the north of Market Street entrances after careful analysis of a number of factors including where the majority of riders are currently entering and exiting, ADA access, and known hot spots for illegal behavior. The north side of Market is where the elevators are located.

Embarcadero Station entrance closure

Montgomery Station entrance closure

Powell Station entrance closure

Civic Center Station entrance closure


Downtown Oakland station details:

The 12th Street Station will be accessible from the Williams Plaza and De Lauer’s News Stand at the center of the station, and 11th and Broadway (south end of station near the Marriott).

12th Street Oakland Station entrance closure

The 19th Street Station will be accessible from 17th and 20th Streets on the south side of Broadway.

19th Street Oakland Station entrance closure

All stations remain ADA accessible and signs in multiple languages will be posted at the closed entrances noting others remain open to avoid confusion.

Closing entrances will allow us to focus our resources including station agents, cleaners, and police on the open entrances and fare gates.  BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez has assigned police officers to a "fixed post" during specific hours of the day to each of the open entrances.

We’ve ensured these changes meet emergency safety protocols.  

BART previously closed without incident:

  • Multiple entrances at 12th and 19th street stations in Oakland
  • Balboa Park north end
  • Powell north long corridor
  • Downtown Berkeley south end