BART’s original system of 34 stations and 72 miles of track was constructed over 30 years ago using then state-of-the-art engineering techniques. While BART’s original design was advanced for the time, and the system survived the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake intact, it was recognized that the safety and operability of the system is vulnerable to future seismic events. BART’s $1.3 billion Earthquake Safety Program involves the evaluation and retrofit of the original system including aerial guideways, underground stations, tunnels, and the Transbay Tube.

MGE has played a key role as part of the consultant team responsible for numerous phases of the program since its inception in 2001. The work has required knowledge of state-of the-art analytical techniques and a thorough understanding of the structural performance of the wide variety of structures within the BART system.

MGE’s participation in the program and responsibilities include:

  • Development of the project’s seismic design criteria
  • Evaluations and structural analyses of aerial guideways and stations, including Daly City, West Oakland, Rockridge, Concord, and Coliseum Stations
  • Assessment and analysis of underground and partially underground stations such as MacArthur Station
  • Development of retrofit strategies for cut-and-cover subway tunnels and associated earth retaining structures
  • Final PS&E retrofit design of the West Oakland Viaduct
  • Management of the retrofit design of the Transbay Tube tunnel
  • Phasing design for an operating facility
  • PS&E preparation
  • Transportation structures
  • Tunnels, underground and earth retaining structures
  • Management and integration of large complex projects

Client: Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Key Facts:

  • Construction Costs: $1.3 billion

Key Staff: Bob Sennett, Mark Salmon, Kang Chen