Major track improvement project planned near Richmond BART station

Major track improvement project planned near Richmond BART station
BART plans major track improvements near the Richmond station. Photos/ Linda Hemmila

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system is planning a major trackway rebuilding project near the Richmond BART station starting on President’s Day Weekend in February.

The Richmond-Millbrae line will be canceled, reducing service frequency and transbay options on February 17-19, March 16-17, April 13-14, and April 27-28.

The Richmond Station will not have train service, but will still be open for Amtrak passengers and passengers traveling through the station during the weekend work. AC Transit will provide a bus bridge between the Richmond and Del Norte stations.

According to a BART press release, the equipment being replaced is decades old and has outlived its design life. The transit agency says riders will enjoy a smoother, safer, more reliable, and quieter ride once the projects are complete. The work is part of the overall efforts to improve the safety and reliability of the 131-mile, 50-station system.

The project will replace track equipment near Richmond Station over four non-consecutive weekends in February, March, and April. Workers will replace an essential part of the system that allows BART trains to move from line to line. BART will also work to address vegetation that could impact service.

BART riders who use the Richmond-Millbrae should board an Orange Line train headed to Richmond-Berryessa instead. Then, transfer to a Yellow Line train bound for San Francisco at MacArthur Station.

BART says Millbrae riders will be served by a shuttle train between SFO and Millbrae that is timed with the Yellow Line train for an easy transfer at SFO.

To avoid the bus bridge and reduced frequency on the Richmond line, BART says cyclists may find it faster to ride their bikes along Nevin Avenue in Richmond and then take the Ohlone Greenway.

Riders can expect delays of up to 20 minutes in the work area on shutdown weekends.

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