New garage opens at BART station

May 27, 2008 3:00:38 PM PDT
Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters heading to and from work today may notice a new seven-story, 1,500 space garage adjacent to the Dublin/Pleasanton Station.

Elected officials gathered Friday for a ribbon cutting ceremony of the garage and it became open to commuters Saturday.

"Offering premium parking at our stations is another benefit of riding BART, especially in these times of record-breaking gas prices," BART Director Zoyd Luce said in a prepared statement. "It's too painful at the pump to waste gas driving long distances."

The parking garage will serve as the cornerstone of the Dublin Transit Center, a transit-oriented development project planned near BART, BART officials reported.

The exposed surface parking area near the station will be redeveloped for housing units, according to BART officials.

"The garage replaces nearby surface parking on a one-to-one basis," said BART Board President Gail Murray in a prepared statement. "The surface parking lots will be redeveloped with townhouses, condominiums and convenient shopping within walking distance of the station and a major bus hub."

Fee parking in the garage is $1 a day when arriving between 4 a.m. and 3 p.m. There is no charge for parking after 3 p.m. on weekdays or any time on weekends. Permit parking is also available.

The garage was created through a partnership between BART, the city of Dublin, the Alameda County Surplus Property Authority and AvalonBay Communities.

The Alameda County Surplus Property Authority and housing developer AvalonBay Communities committed to fund $42 million to build the garage as part of the Dublin Transit Center.


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