By the Numbers: BART’s New Station
Fun facts and figures about the West Dublin/Pleasanton station, opening Saturday.
This Saturday, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District opens its newest station: West Dublin/Pleasanton. BART’s first “infill” station, built in between the existing Dublin/Pleasanton and Castro Valley stops, aims to reduce traffic and pollution around the nearby I-580/I-680 interchange, bring in new commuters from the surrounding area, and ease parking at the Dublin/Pleasanton station. The new BART stop will also provide pedestrian access to Stoneridge Shopping Center and office buildings around, including Safeway’s corporate headquarters. Long-term plans include a transit village, with apartments and shops within walking distance of the station. To commemorate the weekend’s opening, we have put together some fun facts:
Number of years since a new BART station has opened. The most recent was the San Francisco Airport extension in 2003.
The year construction started on the West Dublin/Pleasanton station.
Distance, in miles, between the West Dublin/Pleasanton and Dublin/Pleasanton stations.
Number of miles of track in the BART system.
Total number of BART stations.
Number of parking garages at the new station, constructed on either side of I-580. There are 468 parking spaces on the Pleasanton side, and 722 on the Dublin side.
Cost to build the new station.
Price of round-trip ticket between West Dublin/Pleasanton and San Francisco (Embarcadero).
Time the new station opens on the morning of Saturday, February 19. The first scheduled train departs from West Dublin/Pleasanton at 6:03 a.m., headed for Daly City.
Price of station’s daily parking fee, charged weekdays from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monthly reserved parking permits are $63.
Number of riders expected each weekday from West Dublin/Pleasanton station this year. Projected growth: 8,560 riders a day by 2013.
Pounds of carbon dioxide emissions expected to be prevented daily by the station’s 4,300 round-trip riders.
Number of virtual commemorative tokens that can be found by smart phone users at the new station. Anyone who finds the token and registers will be entered to win one of five $25 BART tickets. More info here.
Tri-Valley readers: What do you think of the new station? Will you be using it?