Looking north on the platform at Lake Merritt BART
|Location||800 Madison Street
|Owned by||Bay Area Rapid Transit|
|Connections|| AC Transit: 18, 62, 88, 96, 611
ACMC Highland Shuttle
|Bicycle facilities||racks, 84 lockers|
|Opened||September 11, 1972 (45 years ago)|
|Passengers (FY 2016)||7,393 exits/day 0.33%|
Lake Merritt is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station located east of Downtown Oakland near the eponymous Lake Merritt. It is the nearest BART station to Chinatown and Laney College, and it will be the primary public transit for the proposed Oakland Ballpark.
The station opened on September 11, 1972 - part of the first section of BART to open.
The BART headquarters was located in a dedicated six-story office building constructed concurrently on top of the station. Years later, due to potential risk of earthquake, the headquarters was moved away from the station to leased space on the first floor of the Kaiser Center some 0.75 miles (1.21 km) to the north near 19th Street station. A careful dismantling of the former headquarters building (so as not to impact transit operations) was completed in 2010.
The station has a single island platform.
|M||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
|Northbound/Westbound|| Richmond-Warm Springs/South Fremont toward Richmond (12th Street Oakland City Center)
Warm Springs/South Fremont-Daly City toward Daly City (West Oakland)
Dublin/Pleasanton-Daly City toward Daly City (West Oakland)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Southbound/Eastbound||-> Richmond-Warm Springs/South Fremont toward Warm Springs (Fruitvale) ->
-> Warm Springs/South Fremont-Daly City toward Warm Springs (Fruitvale) ->
-> Dublin/Pleasanton-Daly City toward Dublin / Pleasanton (Fruitvale) ->
Media related to Lake Merritt station at Wikimedia Commons
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