El Cerrito del Norte station

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El Cerrito del Norte
Bay Area Rapid Transit
A elevated concrete railway station seen from below
El Cerrito del Norte station in March 2018
Location6400 Cutting Boulevard
El Cerrito, California
Coordinates37°55′31″N 122°19′01″W / 37.925183°N 122.316939°W / 37.925183; -122.316939Coordinates: 37°55′31″N 122°19′01″W / 37.925183°N 122.316939°W / 37.925183; -122.316939
Owned byBART
Line(s)BART R-Line
Platforms2 side platforms
Bus routesBus transport AC Transit: L, LC, 7, 72, 72M, 72R, 76, 376, 667, 668, 675, 684, 800
Bus transport FAST: 90
Bus transport Golden Gate Transit: 40, 40X
Bus transport SolTrans: 80, 82
Bus transport VINE: 29
Bus transport WestCAT: JL, JPX, JR, JX
Bus stands29
Structure typeElevated
Parking2198 spaces
Bicycle facilities28 Lockers
Disabled accessYes
Architectural styleBrutalist
OpenedJanuary 29, 1973
Passengers (FY 2016)9,229 exits/day[1]
Preceding station   Bart-logo.svg Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Millbrae (Daly City on Saturdays)
Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae
Richmond–​Warm Springs/South Fremont

El Cerrito del Norte (North Hillock in Spanish) is a BART station located off Cutting Boulevard near San Pablo Avenue and Interstate 80 in El Cerrito, California. The station serves as a regional transit hub for local AC Transit bus services, and for commuter feeder services from Solano, Napa, and Marin Counties in the North Bay plus western Contra Costa County. Opened in 1973, the station is undergoing a renovation expected to be completed in 2019.


The station opened to revenue service on January 29, 1973.[2]

Construction of the expanded fare lobby in March 2018

A 2014 study recommending expanding the station paid area, platforms, and vertical logistics (more stairs and elevators within the paid area) to allow more passengers to use the station and decrease dwelling times during congested alighting times.[3] By 2017 the station had more than 9,000 passengrs boarding per weekday, exceeding its design capacity. BART approved contracts to begin station expansion that year, with an expected completion in 2019.[4]

This station features large parking areas throughout, including surface parking and a four-story parking garage on the east side. There are also reserved bicycle lockers and open air racks available.[3] There is a kiss and ride and taxi zone on the east side of the station.[3] This plan determined that parking should be placed closer to the freeway to reduce traffic and that the impact of the large number of buses and area needed for them had to be mitigated in some manner.[3]

The Bay Area Rapid Transit District developed a station improvement plan in 2004 to create a transit village in the surrounding area.[3] The city of El Cerrito is additionally planning and searching for funds to develop the area around the station as a transit oriented development (TOD) similar to other transit villages,[5] with the reservation that the development must be appropriately scaled.[3] Apartment complexes are to be constructed on a former parking area in 2017.[6]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound      Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae toward Richmond (Terminus)
     Richmond–​Warm Springs/South Fremont toward Richmond (Terminus)
Southbound      Richmond–​Daly City/​Millbrae toward Daly City or Millbrae (El Cerrito Plaza)
     Richmond–​Warm Springs/South Fremont toward Warm Springs (El Cerrito Plaza)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street Level Exits/Entrances
Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent

Bus connections[edit]

El Cerrito del Norte station serves as the primary northern bus terminal for the Richmond branch due to its proximity to I-80 (compared to the Richmond BART station).[7] As of 2017, there are 29 bus bays that serve six bus agencies for fixed route service and various paratransit and dial-a-ride shuttles. The bus bays are predominantly located on the west side of the station.[3][8]

AC Transit provides local and limited-stop service, plus two commuter routes serving San Francisco:[9]

  • Local: 7, 72, 72M, 72R, 76, 376
  • All Nighter: 800
  • School routes: 667, 668, 675, 684
  • Transbay routes (on San Pablo Avenue): L, LC
SolanoExpress bus at the station

Five operators provide commuter-oriented express service from western Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, and Solano County:[9]

See also[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 d e f g "Comprehensive Station Plan El Cerrito del Norte" (PDF). BART. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  4. ^ Radin, Rick (10 February 2017). "Busy El Cerrito Del Norte BART station set for major remodel". East Bay Times. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ El Cerrito del Norte station access plan, BART, retrieved August 9, 2007
  6. ^ Radin, Rick (7 August 2017). "El Cerrito residential projects along San Pablo earn design approval". East Bay Times. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Transit Routes: El Cerrito del Norte Station" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Commission. March 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Transit Stops: El Cerrito del Norte Station" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Commission. October 5, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Schedules & Fares: El Cerrito del Norte Station" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Commission. December 11, 2017.

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