BART Powell Street Station Improvement

Client: Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Location: Oakland, CA
Cost:  Unknown
Completion Date: 2013 – On-going


As a sub-consultant for Arup, Anil Verma Associates, Inc. is responsible for the space planning of Powell Street Station and making recommendations for improvements, functionality, circulation, space adjacencies and main entrance integration with Hallidie Plaza and Powell Street. This includes issue assessments and space planning coordination with all the disciplines involved in the guideline process definition for future station improvements. This underground station was built in the 1970s and due to its location in Downtown, demands sensitive attention to a great level of detail in every technical, planning, and architectural aspect.


Powell Street Station is the third busiest station in the entire BART network and the most important station in Downtown San Francisco. It provides crucial access to very important areas in the city, such as SOMA (South of Market Street), Powell Cable Car, Union Square, Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Garden, Moscone Convention Center, and many other iconic places. The station is underground and very complex, comprising three levels (BART Platform, MUNI Platform, and Concourse). It is also an important transfer hub for MUNI and the future transfer point for the Central Subway.