Station agents and customers say John Allen is personable, witty and kind. Cards and letters for him can be sent to an address posted on his newspaper stand.
It's one year late in opening and there are still a few missing elements, but finally construction crews have left and the new plaza has been unveiled. The relief was palpable at the grand opening celebration.
The new BART Plaza will now open even later than expected.
The project is almost a year behind schedule. The heavy rains in 2016-17 caused about 50 rain days. A dispute between the general contractor and some subs has also slowed progress.
The BART Rotunda that stood sentinel in Berkeley for more than 40 years is being torn down to make way for a new entrance to the station.
A 32-year-old woman was arrested in connection with a domestic dispute at the downtown Berkeley BART station Monday.
Patrons using the Downtown Berkeley BART station will have to use another entrance for six to seven months.
Over the next six months, there will be changes to how patrons access BART as the refurbishment of the BART Plaza continues.
When construction is completed in September 2017 Berkeley will have a BART plaza with a more open layout, better lighting, a signature glass awning, new bus stops, and places for special events.
Police arrested an 18-year-old who grabbed a cellphone from another person at the downtown Berkeley BART station, then punched him in the face before fleeing on a train after a bystander was able to take back the phone.
The BART Board of Directors this morning unanimously approved the contract to start construction of the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza and Transit Area Improvement Project. The project will replace the current rotunda with a new glazed entrance to the BART station, and change the sea of red bricks that dominate the current plaza design.
The city is seeking community input on two downtown Berkeley projects — the Shattuck Reconfiguration Project and the modernization of the Downtown Berkeley BART station. There are two separate online surveys to take and, in the case of the Shattuck project, there’s a Transportation Commission meeting Thursday to learn more and provide input. The meeting will be held on Oct. 15 at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., at 7 p.m.