BART Eyes $16M Parking Lot At New Antioch Station To Meet High Demand

cbslocal – excerpt (includes video)

ANTIOCH (CBS SF) – So many riders are driving to Antioch’s new BART station that the station’s parking lots cannot meet the demand.

BART officials said the station has been a tremendous success and noted that daily ridership has far exceeded their original forecasts.

On Friday, BART officials announced that they have identified full funding for a proposed $16.4 million parking lot that will be able to accommodate more than 800 new parking spaces, nearly doubling the parking capacity at the station… (more)

if you want more parking at BART stations check with your local candidate for BART Board and vote for the ones most likely to support parking. In San Francisco district 8 that would be Eva Chao.

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BART’s full parking lots top Mr. Roadshow’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

By Gary Richards : mercurynews – excerpt

Dave Perry tried to do the right thing and take BART from the East Bay to San Francisco International Airport. But when he couldn’t find a parking spot at the Dublin-Pleasanton station, he ended up driving, putting one more solo vehicle on the Bay Area’s jammed freeways.
He’s not alone. If you’re trying to find a parking space at a BART station, good luck.
The scarcity of BART parking is the top gripe on Mr. Roadshow’s complaint line this year, making it the first time a highway has not held the top spot in the dozen years the “Dirty Dozen” list has been compiled….
“Until parking can be improved in the East Bay, I wonder how many cars are in traffic because they have given up on mass transit due to the time and frustration involved with finding something as simple as a parking spot,” Perry said…
It would help on a lot of these stretches if more people took BART. If only they could park there… (more)

The parking management plan has not worked out the way it was visioned by urban planners. Eliminating parking and removing traffic lanes is increasing traffic congestion. We need to change course and make it easy for people to take pubic transit by establishing public parking near transit hubs and freeway exits.

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BART considers rebuilding 2 SF stations

By Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross : Chronicle Columnists : SFgate.com – excerpt

Two of BART’s busiest San Francisco stations could be on track for a $900 million expansion, complete with new tunnels, elevators and extra platforms to boost rider capacity.
The rebuilding of the Embarcadero and Montgomery Street stations would require tearing out the existing walls, installing new platforms, boring additional tunnels for staircases, and putting in extra elevators.
For added safety, the new platforms would have automated sliding glass doors that would open when the trains arrive.
The whole job could take more than five years, but the stations would remain open during that time…  (more)

Youth Groups Rally SFMTA To Convert Parking Lot To Affordable Housing

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News : sfappeal.com/news – excerpt

San Francisco youth rallied together in front of city transportation offices Thursday afternoon to persuade top transit officials to convert an old rail yard into an affordable housing complex.

Communities United for Health and Justice, or CUHJ, announced a report at the rally showing the need and ability to develop affordable housing near the Balboa Park BART station in the Excelsior District….

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