Walnut Creek station

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Walnut Creek
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Westbound train at Walnut Creek station, April 2018.JPG
Westbound train at Walnut Creek station in 2018
Location200 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, California
Coordinates37°54′21″N 122°04′02″W / 37.905724°N 122.067332°W / 37.905724; -122.067332Coordinates: 37°54′21″N 122°04′02″W / 37.905724°N 122.067332°W / 37.905724; -122.067332
Owned byBART
Line(s)BART C-Line
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus transport County Connection: 1, 1M, 2, 4, 5, 9, 15, 21, 25, 93X, 95X, 96X, 98X, 301, 311, 321, 601, 602, 609, 715
Bus transport SolTrans: Yellow
Bus transport WHEELS: 70X
Construction
Parking2,089 spaces
Bicycle facilities64 lockers
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedMay 21, 1973
Traffic
Passengers (FY 2016)7,138 exits/day[1]
Services
Preceding station Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit Following station
Lafayette Antioch–​SFO/​Millbrae Pleasant Hill/​Contra Costa Centre

Walnut Creek is an elevated BART station in Walnut Creek, California, on the Antioch–SFO/Millbrae line of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. The station is located north of downtown Walnut Creek, adjacent to Interstate 680 and near the Ygnacio Valley Road and California Boulevard arterial roads.

History[edit]

Parking garage construction in January 2019

Walnut Creek station opened on May 21, 1973 as part of an extension from MacArthur to Concord.[2]

Due to Walnut Creek's high ridership and large catchment area, BART proposed in 2004 that the station be the center of a transit-oriented development scheme which includes 440 residential units, 8,700 sq ft (810 m2) of office space, 33,000 sq ft (3,100 m2) of retail space, and 1,373 parking spaces.[3] A parking lot on the west side of the station closed on February 3, 2018. A 900-space parking garage was constructed in its place, which allowed other parking lots to be closed for the new development.[4] The new garage opened on March 29, 2019.[5]

Station layout[edit]

Walnut Creek station has two side platforms with two tracks. Access to the tracks is provided by a staircase, escalator, and elevator from the mezzanine, which houses nine faregates.[3] Sustained patronage at the station has caused it to become overcrowded; BART is planning on building a second entrance, including new faregates and platform access to relieve possible emergency hazards.[3]

Bus connections[edit]

SolanoExpress bus at the station in 2018

Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre is a transfer point for a number of County Connection local and express routes:

  • Weekday: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 15, 21, 25, 93X, 95X, 96X, 98X
  • Weekend: 310, 311, 321
  • Special school routes: 601, 602
  • Early Bird Express: 715

The station is also served by several longer-distance routes from other transit agencies: SolTrans Solano Express Yellow Line and WHEELS route 70X.

All buses stop at busways on the southeast side of the station.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bay Area Rapid Transit District. "Monthly Ridership Reports". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. ^ "BART Chronology January 1947 – March 2009" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 13, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Walnut Creek Comprehensive Station Plan" (PDF). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. June 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 20, 2010.
  4. ^ "New parking garage construction on the south lot at Walnut Creek Station begins" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. January 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "New South Garage at Walnut Creek Station opens 3/29" (Press release). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. March 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "Transit Stops: Walnut Creek Station" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Commission. January 25, 2019.

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