Riders and neighbors can learn more about the project and provide feedback at the open house, which will be held from 7 – 10 a.m. and 4 – 7 p.m. BART is also conducting an online survey to collect information from users.
BART and city agencies have been working together to improve the complex station area for more than a decade, beginning with 2009’s Balboa Park Station Area Plan. To date, BART has installed new escalators, staircases and fare gates, built the Ocean Avenue entrance and will begin the Eastside walkway project later this year.
The June 15 open house is the lead up to the third phase of renovations of the Balboa Park BART station.
“It’s been much slower than anyone would like,” BART Director Tom Radulovich told The Light. “But these successive projects are realizing the neighborhood’s desire, as expressed in the Balboa Park Station Area Plan, that the blocks around the station develop into a walkable town center with shops, services, housing, public places and community facilities housed in the restored Geneva Office Building and Powerhouse.”
Possibly as soon as late July, Balboa Park Station will be closed for two weekends a month into October for critical track replacement work. During those weekends, BART will operate a “bus bridge” to move passengers between Daly City and Glen Park stations.
The targeted weekends for closure are: July 30 – 31, Aug. 13 – 14, Aug. 20 – 21, Sept. 3 – 5, Sept. 17 – 18, Oct. 1 – 2 and Oct .15 – 16.
BART will be using the Glen Park station parking lot as a staging area for the rail replacement construction.
A detailed plan will be released to the public once finalized later this month.