Courtesy Light Eases Transfer from BART to Capitol Corridor
(Dave Brooksher) – Transit officials are trying to make it easier for commuters to transfer between BART and Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor trains at the Richmond intermodal station by adding a courtesy light to help conductors coordinate the timing of arrivals and departures.
When BART trains pull into the station the light will activate, remaining on for two minutes, and Capitol Corridor trains will wait to depart. That’s longer than trains wait at other stations along the Capitol
Corridor line, but it does not guarantee that trains will wait for every last passenger to transfer.
The transit agencies say that timeframe should allow people to walk at an unhurried pace from one train to the other.
“The light helps alleviate the anxiety passengers might feel by having to rush from one train to the other, and ultimately makes travel between the San Francisco Bay Area and the greater Northern California
megaregion more seamless,” BART board director Rebecca Saltzman said in a statement.
Capitol Corridor ridership from Sacramento to Richmond grew 12 percent during the last fiscal year, which ended in September. Many of those passengers were headed into downtown San Francisco, according to transit