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Changes at Ashby BART start Today Aug. 18

By kbender
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 4:23 pm in Uncategorized.

Unless you are disabled or know someone who is, you might not have been paying attention to the fact that the Ed Roberts Campus, a one-stop service center for disabled people, is planned for the east entrance to the Ashby BART station.


Well, if you take BART or drive in that area, it’s time to start paying attention.

Beginning today (Aug. 18) BART will close the east entrance to the Ashby station as well as the east parking lot so contractors can spend the next 18 month building the Ed Roberts Campus.


That means we expect to see a lot more pedestrians from the east side of the tracks zooming across Adeline Street to get to the west side, hoping for the mercy of those ravenous drivers bound for Berkeley Bowl.


Here is how BART is planning to smooth the ride.


Vehicle Parking: BART will be offering an attendant assist-parking program in Ashby’s west parking lots on weekdays from 7:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. After the self-park stalls are filled, the agency will give riders the option of leaving their vehicles with a parking operator who will park cars in parking lot aisles. The $1.00 weekday parking fee will remain. Monthly reserved permit holders will continue to park in their same designated spaces. The City of Berkeley will provide BART customers with a designated number of parking spaces on streets around the station.



Bicycle Parking: BART will relocate bicycle parking that is now on the east side of the station to the west side of the station adjacent to existing bicycle parking.

Passenger Pick Up and Drop Off: BART will allow motorists to use the curb area adjacent to the station entrance while dropping off and picking up BART riders.

The campus, named in honor of Berkeley‘s late Ed Roberts, who had polio and was an early leader in the city’s independent-living movement,  is expected to open in 2010.

The 86,000 square-foot center will serve at least 30,000 people annually and will be a first of its kind in the world.

Organizations will provide housing services, disability benefits assistance, parenting support, health and fitness support services, job training and development and educational services.



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