Jan 30, 2015

The possibility of extending BART service to Hercules will be among the topics of discussion Monday at the Richmond Heights Neighborhood Council (RHNC).

The meeting featuring BART Director Zachary Mallet begins at 7 p.m. at the Serra Adult Education at 6028 Ralston Ave., near Sonoma and Esmond, said Owen Martin, RHNC president.

BART spokesperson Alicia Trost told us Friday that Mallet’s presentation will focus on the transit agency’s efforts to rebuild aging infrastructure and ensure reliability.

During the presentation, he will “briefly” cover his work to build wBART and the upcoming study, Trost said.

Even before his election to the BART board, Mallet has been pushing for a BART or alternative rail extension connecting northern West Contra County communities with the Richmond and/or El Cerrito del Norte BART Station.

The concept in one form or another has been pitched for years, but in December, it won a victory when the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC) green-lit a study of various high-capacity transit modes to ease often unbearable Interstate-80 congestion. The study will look at everything from buses to ferries as well as the feasibility of the so-called “wBART” project, Mallet has said.

El Cerrito del Norte Station’s average weekday exit rate is September was 9,315, the highest of all East Bay stations, and nearly 60-percent of those riders live in San Pablo, El Sobrante or communities north of Richmond, Mallet said.

The study is expected to begin early this year.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Mallet will discuss plans to reduce vehicle traffic to the Del Norte BART station along the I-80 corridor by increasing bus pickup locations north of the station, Martin said.

The El Cerrito Police Department is also sending an officer to discuss safety issues for folks traveling between the station north to the Grocery Outlet.


  1. “El Cerrito del Norte Station’s average weekday exit rate is September was 9,315, the highest of all East Bay stations”

    This isn’t true. Downtown Berkeley, 19th St, and 12th St all have higher ridership than del Norte. Ridership at Macarthur is also higher in some months.

    It’s very easy to look this up oneself: http://www.bart.gov/about/reports/ridership

    Dan | Feb 23rd, 2015
  2. I don’t know what the heck Dan is talking about……or what times of the day he’s riding BART, but I live in Pinole and less than half the amount of people are exiting BART at Berkeley stations & MacArthur (even less) than El Cerrito Del Norte. If BART actually extended to Pinole or Hercules (or even beyond) a lot of those Del Norte riders would not be exiting there. They would stay on the train to exit at a San Pablo station, or Hilltop or even farther North. The commute in 80 to get down to Richmond or Del Norte station is unbearable!!! Even if you try to take side streets like San Pablo Avenue……it’s a sluggish nightmare. For heavens sake….extend BART. We NEED the traffic relief. It’s only gotten worse.

    LJG | Oct 16th, 2015

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