El Cerrito del Norte station (Redirected from El Cerrito del Norte (BART station))

El Cerrito del Norte
A elevated concrete and glass railway station seen from below
El Cerrito del Norte station in March 2021
General information
Location6400 Cutting Boulevard
El Cerrito, California
Coordinates37°55′31″N 122°19′01″W / 37.925183°N 122.316939°W / 37.925183; -122.316939
Owned bySan Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Line(s)BART R-Line
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport AC Transit
Bus transport Golden Gate Transit
Bus transport SolTrans
Bus transport VINE
Bus transport WestCAT
Structure typeElevated
Parking2,198 spaces
Bicycle facilities28 lockers
ArchitectDeMars & Wells
Architectural styleBrutalist
OpenedJanuary 29, 1973
Rebuilt2017–March 29, 2021
20233,632 (weekday average)
Preceding station Bay Area Rapid Transit Following station
El Cerrito Plaza Orange Line Richmond
El Cerrito Plaza
toward Millbrae
Red Line

El Cerrito del Norte station (Spanish for "The Northern Little Hill") is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station located on Cutting Boulevard in El Cerrito, California. The station is near San Pablo Avenue and Interstate 80. It serves as a regional transit hub for local AC Transit bus services, and for commuter feeder services from Solano, Napa, and Marin Counties in the North Bay plus western Contra Costa County. Opened in 1973, the station was renovated in 2017–2021 to add additional elevators, stairs, and lobby space.

The station features large parking areas throughout, including surface parking and a four-story parking garage on the east side. There are also reserved bicycle lockers and open air racks available. There is a kiss and ride and taxi zone on the east side of the station. The Ohlone Greenway runs through the station area.


Steelwork for new elevators and stairs seen in March 2019

El Cerrito del Norte station opened on January 29, 1973 when service began between MacArthur station and Richmond station. As with El Cerrito Plaza station, the escalator walls feature tile mosaics by Alfonso Pardiñas.

A 2004 study recommending expanding the station paid area, platforms, and vertical logistics (more stairs and elevators within the paid area) to allow more passengers to use the station and decrease dwelling times during congested alighting times. By 2017 the station had more than 9,000 passengers boarding per weekday, exceeding its design capacity. BART approved contracts to begin station expansion that year, with an expected completion in May 2019.

The expanded paid area, new elevators and stairs, and updated bus boarding area were completed in February 2021. The second phase of the renovation, which included new restrooms and a new busway, was completed on March 29, 2021. It also included the installation of El Cerrito Homes, two porcelain tile murals by artist Kyungmi Shin.


BART developed a station improvement plan in 2004 to create a transit village in the surrounding area. The city of El Cerrito is additionally planning and searching for funds to develop the area around the station as a transit oriented development (TOD) similar to other transit villages, with the reservation that the development must be appropriately scaled. An apartment complex to be built on a former parking area was approved in 2017.

Bus connections

SolanoExpress bus at the station

El Cerrito del Norte station serves as the primary northern bus terminal for the Richmond branch due to its proximity to I-80 (compared to the Richmond BART station). By 2017, there were 29 bus bays that serve six bus agencies for fixed route service and various paratransit and dial-a-ride shuttles. The bus bays are predominantly located on the west side of the station. Many stops have been relocated to surrounding streets during construction.

AC Transit provides local and limited-stop service, plus two commuter routes serving San Francisco:

  • Local: 7, 72, 72M, 76, 376
  • Rapid: 72R
  • All Nighter: 800
  • Transbay route (on San Pablo Avenue): L

Five operators provide commuter-oriented express service from western Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, and Solano County:

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