CA: $6.3M Granted for Upgrades at Oakland BART Station

By Jenna Lyons : masstransit – excerpt

July 29–The U.S. Department of Transportation will award $6.3 million to the city of Oakland and BART to support renovations to the 19th Street BART Station and nearby streets, officials said Thursday.

The transportation agency and the city partnered to apply for a government grant to help fund the $28.7 million Gateway to Oakland Uptown — or Go Uptown — project aimed at revitalizing the Uptown district.

A portion of the funds will go toward replacing aging BART infrastructure, modernizing the 42-year-old 19th Street station with new glass elevators at its north end and interior upgrades like art features, glass fare barriers, and energy efficient LED lighting, officials said.

Riders will also have a new entrance directly into the old Sears building.

In addition, officials said, several blocks along 20th Street between Broadway and Harrison Street will receive improvements such as widened sidewalks, new bike lanes and street lighting upgrades.

City officials said $4.8 million will go toward BART station projects and $1.5 million will fund city projects improving connections to the station.

“The 19th Street BART station and surrounding 20th Street corridor form a major hub for public transit riders, bikers, pedestrians, and motorists accessing business, entertainment, and residential offerings in Oakland’s Uptown and Downtown districts, as well as other points throughout our city, the rest of the East Bay and San Francisco,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. “As a city that is fortunate to sit at the center of the Bay Area’s transit systems, Oakland is incredibly grateful to be working with partners at the federal, regional, and local levels to improve the safety, accessibility, and enjoyment of this part of our vital transit network.”

Construction of the initial phase of renovations was set to begin in 2017, officials said.

This is the story. Now let’s see what happens.

Note the use of the words “renovation, replace and modernize”, rather than repair. Maybe that is what we should be asking for instead of maintenance and operations money. We want to renovate, replace and modernize the Muni buses by replacing the buses and parts that don’t work.

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