SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Bay Area Rapid Transit officials are considering rebuilding and expanding the Embarcadero and Montgomery St. stations in downtown San Francisco.

The potential $900 million project could include new tunnels, elevators, and extra platforms to increase rider capacity. It would require tearing out the stations’ existing walls, installing new platforms, boring more tunnels for staircases and putting in extra elevators. New platforms at the two stations would have automated sliding glass doors that would open when trains arrive.

The project could take 5 years, but the stations would remain open during that time.

BART staffers revealed the plan to the agency’s directors at a retreat last month.

The changes are aimed at accommodating the transit system’s increasing ridership. On an average weekday, BART carries 393,000 passengers. The agency predicts average weekday ridership could hit 500,000 within the next five years.

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