BART Transit Oriented Development Bill Passed by State Senate

A controversial bill that would free BART to develop housing on the most transit oriented of development sites, its parking lots, has managed to clear the hurdles of the California Legislature.

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September 1, 2018, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Oakland

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The California State Senate passed a bill that empowers Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to develop housing on land (i.e., parking lots) surrounding stations in the BART system.

According to Adam Brinklow the bill, AB 2923, sets up BART "to develop thousands or even tens of thousands of new homes on property it owns near stations within the next few years."

"Analysis by groups like SPUR concludes that BART could create as many as 20,000 new units in the Bay Area, although this would represent a particularly high density at the locales," adds Brinklow.

For more information on the bill, see previous coverage by Planetizen Correspondent Irvin Dawid from after the bill's approval in the State Assembly and from a moment in April, when the state chapter of the American Planning Association opposed the bill.  

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