Major upgrades are coming to El Cerrito del Norte Station after the BART board of directors approved a $33 million modernization project Thursday.
The transit agency’s board awarded a contract to install more fare gates, expand the paid area and add two new sets of stairs and elevators. The upgrades, expected to begin mid-2017 and wrap up by end up 2019, are aimed at allowing riders to get in and out of the station more easily.
Also part of the project: new public restrooms, upgraded station lighting, and new displays of public art pieces featuring pastel landscape drawings of the El Cerrito hills and San Francisco Bay.
The project is funded through a number of public transportation agency sources as well as through BART’s capital allocation and parking fees.
“This station wasn’t built for the amount of riders we have today,” BART Board President Rebecca Saltzman said. “These upgrades will not only improve access at El Cerrito del Norte but will help address capacity concerns. I’m especially pleased that the elevators will be moved inside the paid area. This will not only improve public safety but also deter fare evasion.”
On a typical weekday, the 44-year-old El Cerrito del Norte Station averages more than 18,000 entries and exits.