MacArthur station

Bay Area Rapid Transit

View from platform 2
Location 555 40th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Coordinates 37°49′42″N 122°16′02″W / 37.828260°N 122.267275°W / 37.828260; -122.267275Coordinates: 37°49′42″N 122°16′02″W / 37.828260°N 122.267275°W / 37.828260; -122.267275
Owned by BART
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Connections AC Transit, Routes 31, 57 (local), 653, 658, 660, 662, 680 (school), 800 (All Nighter), C (transbay)
Emery Go-Round
Kaiser shuttle buses
Parking 602 spaces
Bicycle facilities 40 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Opened September 11, 1972 (44 Years Ago)
Passengers (FY 2013) 9,125 riders per dayIncrease 6.4% (BART)
Preceding station   Bay Area Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Richmond
Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae
toward Millbrae (Daly City on Saturdays)
toward Fremont
Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae
toward SFO (Millbrae on weeknights & weekends)

MacArthur is a rapid transit station on three lines of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Oakland, California, U.S.A. It is the largest station in the BART system, being the only one with four platform tracks in regular use. Service through MacArthur is timed for cross-platform transfers between the southbound lines that pass through the station.


MacArthur station is in north Oakland, in the median of Route 24 just north of its interchange with I-580 and perpendicular to 40th Street. The surrounding area is mostly low-density residential, making MacArthur station a commuting hub.[1]

MacArthur Transit Village

Because of MacArthur's importance as an interchange and its location in the center of the East Bay, BART has conducted a number of feasibility studies about the prospects of creating transit-oriented development around the station. These studies have resulted in a plan for the "MacArthur Transit Village," a mixed-use development on the eastern side of Route 24 bounded by 40th Street, Telegraph Avenue, and West MacArthur Boulevard.[2] The current plan calls for 624 residential units as well as 42,500 square feet of retail space. The groundbreaking for the project was held in May 2011 with the start of construction for a new 450-space parking garage for BART, signalling the beginning of construction for the long-awaited project. The redevelopment is supported by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District board member, Lynette Sweet.[3]

Fremont platform

Connecting AC Transit transit lines at MacArthur BART include line 31 to Alameda Point and 57 to Foothill Square and Emeryville. A free Kaiser Shuttle to Oakland Medical Center and another shuttle to Children's Hospital Oakland as well as shuttles to Alta Bates campuses also serve the station in addition to the free Emery-Go-Round bus system to Emeryville.


MacArthur station opened on September 11, 1972, as the northern terminus of the inaugural BART line, which ran to Fremont, still the system's southernmost end. Upon the opening of the Transbay Tube the station began to serve cross-Bay trains to downtown San Francisco.

Station layout

Southbound      Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae toward Daly City or Millbrae (19th Street Oakland)
     Richmond–Fremont toward Fremont (19th Street Oakland)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound      Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae toward San Francisco International Airport weekdays, Millbrae weekends (19th Street Oakland)
Northbound      Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae toward Pittsburg / Bay Point (Rockridge)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound      Richmond–Daly City/Millbrae toward Richmond (Ashby)
     Richmond–Fremont toward Richmond (Ashby)
G Street Level Exits/Entrances
Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent

MacArthur station is unique in the BART system in that it was built with cross-platform interchanges in mind. There are two island platforms and four tracks; the outer tracks serve all trains to and from Richmond, while the inner tracks serve all trains to and from Pittsburg/Bay Point; at times Richmond-Millbrae Line trains also use the center tracks. Connections between the lines are timed for southbound travelers. This is not the case for northbound travelers, as a timed transfer point already exists further south at 19th Street Oakland. MacArthur tends to be crowded in the morning due to high transfer volume between two lines where only a few people get off while many are trying to board.[4]

See also


  1. MacArthur BART access feasibility study BART Retrieved 24 August 2010
  2. MacArthur Transit Village information sheet City of Oakland Retrieved 24 August 2010
  3. MacArthur Transit Village project breaks ground after 17 years. Sean Mayer. Oakland Tribune. 23-05-2011.
  4. Cabanatuan, Michael (April 10, 2010). "BART can't keep pace with rising 'crush loads'". SFGate.

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