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The trip to Antioch to ride the BART Extension Service 7/19/2019

by Chris Guenzler

Southern Pacific Krauss-Maffei ML 4000 9010 was going to makes its first run and I decided I should cover this. I invited Chris Parker along on this trip but due to his lack of business for his tree cutting business, he just couldn't make it. I planned a trip so I could ride BART Extension Service from Antioch to the Pittsburg/Baypoint station and return before we would go take pictures of ACE trains on Altamont Pass. The next day I would cover Southern Pacific Krauss-Maffei ML 4000 9010 making its first trip then go and ride the entire Santa Clara Light Rail System. I would stay in Tracy for two nights before returning home.

7/19/2019 I was up at 3:30 AM and after having my usual breakfast, I packed the car then left Santa Ana at 4:10 AM heading straight up Interstate 5 to CA 43 and at Shafter I pulled up when I saw a headlight coming up fast behind me.

San Joaquin 701 at Shafter. I drove a new way into Wasco for my next picture.

Savage 8611 at Wasco. I continued north at this point.

BNSF 7051 East at Pond.

BNSF 7246 West at Sandrini.

BNSF 4114 East south of Corcoran.

BNSF 4336 East north of Corcoran. I then took CA 43 to CA 99 to Road 20 1/2 to the BNSF mainline.

BNSF 4239 West at Planada. From here I took CA 108 to CA 99 to CA 104 to Interstate 5 to CA 4 and went out to the BNSF middle fork bridge of the San Joaquin River.

The scene.

The trees with the loud birds.

A most beautiful setting.

San Joaquin 713 heading west with one of the low level San Joaquin train sets.

San Joaquin 712 heads east with a standard San Joaquin train set. From here I drove to Antioch and parked in the BART paid parking lot.

The BART to Antioch Extension Project

The BART to Antioch extension began carrying riders in East Contra Costa County on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

To celebrate, BART held a community ribbon-cutting celebration on Friday, May 25, 2018 at the new Antioch Station featuring free preview train rides and local entertainment.

The new service between the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station and Antioch is 9.2 miles long, adds two new stations, and provides much needed congestion relief on State Route 4.

The extension uses a different type of train called a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU). These trains are state-of-the art, clean, and comfortable. They are environmentally friendly, meet the US Government's strictest emissions standards, and use renewable diesel, an advanced biofuel produced from bio-based sources such as vegetable oil.

The DMUs run on their own tracks in the median of State Route 4 and connect with the existing BART system at a Transfer Platform just east of the Pittsburg Bay Point Station. At the Transfer Platform, riders simply exit one train and walk across the platform to board the other train. BART passengers trying to reach the Pittsburg Center Station or the Antioch Station remain in the BART train to reach the Transfer Platform. The Transfer Platform is only reachable by train. There are Clipper vending machines at Pittsburg Center Station and Antioch Station. The vending machines dispense Clipper cards only. There is a one-time $3 acquisition fee for the purchase of new Clipper cards. There is no fee to add value to your Clipper card. Magstripe paper tickets are not sold at the stations. Learn more about Clipper at To get a Clipper discount card and receive the BART 50% discount for youth (age 5 to 18 years) or 62.5% discount for seniors (age 65 and over) you must submit an application. Learn more about how to get Clipper Discounts.

While you cannot purchase magstripe paper tickets at the station, you can use paper tickets purchased elsewhere in the system to enter or exit at Pittsburg Center Station and Antioch Station. You can add fare to a paper ticket you already have at an add fare machine at each station.

The Pittsburg Center Station entrance is located on Railroad Ave above State Route Highway 4. It is served by Tri Delta Transit and 240 BART parking spaces are available minutes away on Bliss Ave.

The Antioch Station entrance is located at 1600 Slatten Ranch Road in Antioch. Take SR4 to Hillcrest Ave. and head north then head east on SlattenRanch Road. BART has over 1000 parking spaces at this station and it is well served by Tri-Delta Transit. At its December 6, 2018 meeting, the BART Board of Directors appoved a plan to fund a project that will add 800-plus new parking spaces at the Antioch Station.

Our trip

I got my Clipper Card and then loaded it with a ticket to Pittsburg Centerpoint station and got my parking for three dollars.

A one car train at Antioch.

The inside of these new cars,

View along the way to Pittsburg Center station. I detrained there.

My one car train leaves Pittsburg Center.

I boarded a two car train to Pittsburg Centerpoint.

Another view of the inside of these trains.

A view on the way to Pittsburg Centerpoint.

Both ends of the train at Pittsburg Centerpoint.

The BART train came in and passengers transferred to to our two car train. I returned to Antioch then took CA 4 East to Vasco Road to Altamont Canyon Road. I parked just below the Greenville Trestle crossed the road then climbed along the fence to my next photo locations.

The Greenville Trestle.

Union Pacific 8802 East crosses the Greenville Trestle.

ACE Train 04 crosses the Greenville Trestle. I fought traffic on Altamont Pass Road then took Midway Road to Patterson Pass Road no place to park so I went into Tracy finding the ACE Tracy station and parked the car there.

ACE Train 06 at Tracy. After that it took while to get out of the parking lot and once I took Tracy Blvd to the Arbys then went to the Microtel Inn and Suites for two nights stay in Tracy.