The Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency, in partnership with BART, is currently constructing a 771 space parking structure at the Richmond BART Station, which will add approximately 120 new parking spaces to the existing parking capacity. This project is fully funded and anticipated to be completed in March 2012.
A San Francisco-Richmond ferry route is being proposed.
El Cerrito del Norte BART
Located less than ten minutes driving time from Richmond Field Station (RFS), the El Cerrito Del Norte BART Station sits near the Richmond / El Cerrito city limits at the intersection of Cutting Boulevard and San Pablo Avenue. This station is served by numerous local and regional bus routes operated by AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit, Fairfield-Suisun Transit, Vallejo Transit and WestCAT. A total of 2,198 parking spaces are available at this station.
El Cerrito Plaza BART
The El Cerrito Plaza BART station is approximately one quarter (1/4) mile from the Richmond city limits and one half mile from Interstate 80. This station, also a ten-minute drive to and from RFS is served by local and regional AC Transit bus routes and 761 parking spaces.
The walking distance between the nearest bus stop for AC Transit line no. 71 located at Carlson Boulevard and Bayview Avenue and the RFS site is 2 miles. Various AC Transit stops are located approximately 30 minutes from RFS; however, the City is requesting that AC Transit reinstate service to RFS. Given that AC Transit formally provided bus service to the southern gateway when Zeneca was in operation, the City anticipates that reinstating the route is realistic.
In the Richmond Marina District/South Shoreline area, the RFS is at the center of vibrant, ever-expanding commerical and recreational activity. From Costco in the South and the Port of Richmond to the North; from Pacific East Mall in the East and the Bay Trail to the West, residents and employees in the area enjoy an appealing mix of large and small businesses, retail boutiques, artist studios, fine dining and casual restaurants, pubs and cafes. The Marina District boasts a mix of marina, parks, open space, bay trails and both affordable and high-end housing.
The Marina District’s exceptional location also means this area offers amenities unsurpassed by any city in the East Bay, based on the following criteria: accessibility, affordability, aesthetic beauty, lifestyle and room to expand. In particular, the availability of developable land in the Marina District and LBNL’s presence would no doubt further catalyze the development of additional amenities suited to meet LNBL’s needs and continue to strengthen the vitality of the Marina District.
The RFS is located along Richmond’s southern shoreline, which extends from Central Avenue to Point Richmond. An excellent variety of restaurants and sandwich shops that include American, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Central American and Indian cuisine are within a short drive from the RFS. The City is also served by numerous mobile vendors that provide specialized prepared foods of excellent quality. Shopping and dining centers located near the RFS include the Harbor Gate Shopping Center on Meeker at Marina Bay Parkway, Pacific East Mall on Central Avenue, and El Cerrito Plaza located on San Pablo Avenue. At each of these nearby locales, cuisine ranging from Asian to Italian --at modest and slightly higher price levels-- can be found. All are accessible by bike or a less than five-minute car ride. Examples include El Mocajete and Quiznos (Harbor Gate), Artisan Kitchen (the Crossings), Asian Pearl and East Bay Saigon (Pacific East Mall), and Macaroni Grill and Pasta Pomodoro (El Cerrito Plaza). Other notable waterfront dining is available at Salutes, and the BoilerHouse Restaurant in the Marina Bay area. Restaurants including Hotel Mac, the Baltic, Up & Under, Little Louie’s, Rosemary’s and Incredible Edibles are located in historic Point Richmond business district.