August 25, 2016
Major Redesign of Plaza in Heart of the City
The Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza -- the large open space around the main entrance to the BART station -- is about to undergo a major upgrade.
The Plaza lies at the center of the City's transportation hub and serves as a kind of welcome mat for the city, especially since the Downtown Berkeley BART station is the second most heavily used BART station in the East Bay.
The large rotunda at the main entrance will be replaced by a brighter, glass-enclosed structure, and new bus shelters also are planned. The remake includes new LED lighting, paving and landscaping as well way-finding signs and electric displays featuring real-time BART and bus arrivals throughout the Plaza and station.
The $7.6 million project -- a joint effort of the City and BART -- will provide an inviting open space for events and activities. The plan calls for work to begin by the end of this month with completion by September of 2017.
Article Courtesy of the City of Berkeley Mayor's Office.