Over the next three years, BART will rework Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell Street and Civic Center stations. According to BART, the goals of the modernization are “to improve the function, safety, capacity, durability and appearance of the station and to improve the customer experience and staff.” For Powell Street, the work will include a new ceiling design and LED lighting system, as well as improvements to the escalator and reconfiguration of lobbying and payment areas. Embarcadero and Montgomery stations also benefit from improved lighting, changes in the configuration of existing platforms, new stairs next to existing escalators, and elevator upgrades. BART projects are expected to create a considerable number of jobs for workers, electricians, carpenters and company engineers. Workers at BART Public Works projects may file a complaint form to inform one of BART`s compliance laboratories of possible wage violations. The agreement will allow employees to monitor each year the expected inflation rates until 2021 (increases per year = 2.5%, 2.5%, 2.75% and 2.75%). The agreement will allow us to address the issue of pensions if we have more clarity on the subject. Disputes regarding PEPRA are currently ongoing between the state and the U.S. Department of Labor and both parties have agreed to discuss it at a later date. Entrances to Powell and Civic Center stations receive new roofs through escalators and stairs to protect transit stations from the elements and improve the safety and durability of the escalator. Market Street will eventually have more than 30 new protective roofs at bart/MUNI entrances. The first phase of the station entrance projects at Powell and Civic Center stations is expected to be tendered this summer, with construction expected to begin in the fall of 2016 and be completed by the end of 2017. Improvements to the Embarcadero and Montgomery Station entrances would begin in about a year, once funding is secured.
This TA will provide consistent and ongoing service to the region and our drivers over the next five years.