BART Earthquake Safety Program
(Seismic Retrofit Project), Bay Area, CA
Project Dates: 2000-2012
Client: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
Cost: $1.5 Billion
Project Description: BART Earthquake Safety Program improved the system’s safety, ensured operability after a major earthquake, and preserved the vitality of a transportation system critical to the Bay Area’s quality of life and economic strength. Retrofitting the core BART system included 74 miles of railroad, 34 stations, and many small buildings and facilities.
Services: PARIKH Consultants, Inc. provided geotechnical engineering services for the Segment 1, Phase 1 program that included 17 structures in Oakland. The project segments included part of the A-line from Oakland to Fremont, R-line from Oakland to Richmond, Oakland to Caldecott Tunnels, and two viaduct structures. PARIKH performed initial evaluations of the C-Line from Orinda to Pleasant Hill stations, R-Line that included El Cerrito Plaza and El Cerrito Del Norte, and A-Line that extended from Fruitvale to South Hayward. PARIKH performed the retrofit study for the stations contract that included stations along the A-Line and C-Line. The firm performed foundation retrofit strategies, foundation designs, geotechnical explorations, and liquefaction considerations. PARIKH attended strategy meetings and assisted in developing foundation recommendations and design alternates. Work was completed on time, within budget, and according to BART and Caltrans guidelines