Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - July 9, 2010


New BART station ugly?

Dear Editor,

Does anyone else think that the new West Dublin/Pleasanton Bart Station is the ugliest piece of design work that anyone could possibly have come up with? It is bad enough that this station which is so close to our other station was absolutely not needed but why must we be subjected to such a horrendous piece of architecture? This thing looks like a power plant in the middle of the freeway. I have been to almost every station in their system and none are this bad.

I understand that the entire station had to be built above the tracks between a freeway, but are you telling me that any good college architectural student couldn't have designed something besides a big white box. I remember when Scott Haggerty made Bart paint the parking garage at our other Bart station. While it is still not beautiful at least it is not the eyesore that it was prior to painting.

Unfortunately if you put makeup on a pig it is still a pig and a coat of paint will do nothing to improve this monstrosity. I just wish that Bart would have used the money for this station on extending the line to Livermore where it would be a welcome addition to the system with hopefully a well planned station.

Mark Schmitz


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