What kinds of options could this include?
BART and the cities are considering a variety of options to improve how people get to and from BART stations. BART riders have different needs for getting to their stations, which require a variety of options. Many of these options are not in BART’s station areas. BART will work with partner agencies to seek funding and determine the best way to implement the selected options.
Options will be evaluated at a later stage based on:
- How well they improve options and safety for people of all ages, abilities, and income levels.
- How many more people would ride BART, and how many people would shift to getting to BART in more environmentally sustainable ways.
- How easy they are to implement.
- How much they cost, both in terms of money and land.
Managing parking near BART stations
BART understands that some people will still need to drive and park. BART is exploring options with the cities and private property owners to expand parking possibilities beyond dedicated parking for BART riders on the Richmond line, such as:
- Shared parking: Parking in the station area that is shared with residents of the transit-oriented developments.
- Parking in existing lots or garages near the station area: Public parking opportunities in Berkeley and El Cerrito, private property owners who are interested in managed parking on their land.
- Parking on-street near the station area: Managed by Berkeley and/or El Cerrito to ensure parking availability of one to two spaces per block.
- Other possibilities: New technology that enables a resident to rent-out parking on their property during times and days they don’t need the space.
Goals of approach to parking
- Make efficient use of existing parking options by pairing with complementary uses. For example, residents generally need parking weekday evenings and on weekends while BART riders generally need parking on weekdays during the day.
- Avoid costly investments in parking that is under-utilized. Most BART parking is vacant about 70% of the time.
- Enable cities, property owners, and residents to earn some parking revenue. New technology allows for the flexibility to dynamically pair people who want parking with those who have space.