Bart to the Future

by Thomas Margro,
Gary LaBonte,
Kathleen K. Mayo,
P. Takis Salpeas,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 4, Pg. 52-55

Document Type: Feature article


Construction has reached the midway point on the $2.7 billion San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Extensions Program. The first three extensions, due to open in 1995, will expand the existing system with 23.4 mi of new double track, five stations, and more than 9,000 parking spaces in Contra Costa, Alameda and San Mateo counties. Twenty years and 1 billion riders after the first train rolled, the 71.5 mi long San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system is gearing up to carry the next generation of straphangers. Three extensions will increase mobility for Bay Area residents while addressing the critical environmental issues of freeway congestion and pollution. An estimated 52,000 daily commuters will use the new service. BART is also working with numerous communities on phase 2 extensions to continue mapping out a long-range transportation plan for the 21st century. THe $2.7 billion BART Extensions Program currently concentrates on three projects--Pittsburg/Antioch, Dublin/Pleasanton and Colma Station Extensions. BART's general engineering consultant organization--a joint venture of Bechtel, San Francisco; Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York; Todd, San Francisco; and Warren, Oakland, Calif., known as the Bay Area Transit Consultants based in Oakland, Calif.,--was brought in to collaborate on the technical aspects of construction.

Subject Headings: Rapid transit systems | Bays | Consulting services | Construction management | Existing buildings | Parking facilities | Space stations | Environmental issues | United States | San Francisco Bay Area | California | New York

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