The funding needed for a study on increasing capacity at the Embarcadero and Montgomery stations, the two busiest in BART’s system, are coming from the Giants and Warriors and could be approved by transit agency board directors today.
Donations of $5,000 from each sports teams would bring the funding total to $410,000 for a two-year study exploring projects such as adding side platforms and platform doors and new escalators, stairs and elevators to facilitate foot traffic.
In past studies, BART has also looked at plans to build new underground platforms and add vertical circulation elements. BART’s Embarcadero and Montgomery stations have the smallest platforms, said agency spokeswoman Alicia Trost.
“When there’s service construction going on or an event, it’s difficult to get a large number of riders on and off our platforms quickly,” she said. “The idea is to always to get people moving as quickly as possible and keeping the platforms as clear as possible because it is dangerous to have overcrowding.”
While BART is taking the lead on the study, it is a multiagency effort because any capacity improvement projects would affect Muni and surface-level businesses.
A grant from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration paid for about half of the study and other money came from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, a Caltrans planning grant and BART capital funds.
At the BART board meeting today, directors will also discuss bicycle rack and pole design elements for the fleet of the future rail cars, fares for the new connector to Oakland International Airport fleet of the future, and the agency budget.