BART to Antioch is Coming Soon
The BART to Antioch Extension Project will soon introduce new rail passenger service on approximately 10 miles of freshly laid track between the existing Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station and the City of Antioch. These stations will use ticket vending machines and fare gates like the current BART System. The Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train was chosen to bring BART rail service to East Contra County at relatively low cost; the $525 million extension is 60% less expensive than conventional BART.
The new rail passenger service will enable passengers to board a train at the new station in Antioch near Hillcrest Avenue and arrive at the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Transfer Platform in 10 minutes. Passengers will also have access to/from a new station located in the City of Pittsburg at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and State Route 4. The hours of operation are the same as the existing BART System. The BART to Antioch trains will connect with BART trains at the same as the existing BART System. The BART to Antioch trains will connect with BART trains at the Pittsburg/Bay Point Transfer Platform every 15 minutes during the peak hours and every 20 minutes during off peak.
Features and benefits of the new DMU BART to Antioch vehicle:
- Vehicle capacity – 104 seats, 96 standees, total 200
- Rush hour capacity – 2400 persons/hr
- Propulsion – Diesel electric (diesel engine provides power to electric traction motors)
- Energy consumed – 1.5 miles per gallon
- Max and avg. speed – 75 MPH, avg. 60 MPH
- Avg. travel time from Antioch to Pittsburg Center – 7 minutes
- Avg. travel time from Pittsburg Center to Pittsburg/Bay Point – 3 minutes
- Climate control – Air conditioning from ceiling, heating at floorboards
- On-board communications:
- 6 digital screens per vehicle
- Automated announcements
- Stations arrival and destination signs above center aisle of cars
- Supported languages – English, Spanish, and Chinese
- Total number of vehicles – 8 vehicles
- 2018 ridership forecast – 5,600 daily trips/2,800 daily trips each way
- 2030 ridership forecast – 10,100 daily
Bart to Antioch Environmental Benefits:
- Removes cars from highway and roads
- Reduces vehicle miles traveled by 99 million per year
- Carries as many people as an additional lane of Highway 4
- Improves freeway operations
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 260,000 lbs per day
- Reduces consumption of energy and petroleum
BART to Antioch will offer over 600 construction jobs and 40 to 80 permanent BART jobs once in operation.
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