Getting to ACERA
ACERA is located in Downtown Oakland adjacent to the Oakland City Center and Oakland City Hall/Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Get directions to ACERA on Google Maps.
ACERA does not validate parking for the City Center Garage. See parking options below.
ACERA’s offices are located steps from the 12th St. BART Station. Your local BART station likely has a parking lot and/or parking garage for you to park in so you can take BART to ACERA. Visit BART’s parking page for complete information.
Parking at Your Local BART Station Before 10 am
BART parking lots tend to fill up early (often before 7 a.m.) with commuters. To secure a spot, you can reserve parking in advance which allows you to park in the “Permit” Reserved Area. The cost is $6 per day, and you must reserve at least the night before the day you want to park. Visit Select-a-Spot to make your reservation.
Parking at Your Local BART Station After 10 am
The majority of permit holders don’t use their Permit Reserved Area spots on a daily basis, leaving hundreds of parking spots open. After 10 a.m. these spots become available to the general public on first come / first served basis, and it’s fairly easy to find a spot. You must pay the daily parking fee for the station at the parking machine once you enter the fair gates at the BART station. Daily fees vary by station, but are usually $3 or less per day.
Driving to ACERA
The cheapest option is to find metered parallel street parking in the blocks surrounding ACERA for $2 per hour for up to 2 hours at a time. Spots either have individual parking meters, or have parking voucher machines that print a voucher you display on your dashboard. Plan on arriving 10-20 minutes ahead of time to find a parking spot. Check 12th St., 11th St., Franklin St., Webster St., Harrison St., and the area around Lafayette Square and Preservation Park. Buy a little more time than you need to ensure you don’t get a parking ticket.
ACERA does not validate parking. You can search Parkopedia for a parking garage, but garages immediately surrounding ACERA tend to be expensive at $6-8 per hour. You might find garages 5-6 blocks from ACERA for $4 per hour.
AC Transit is Alameda County’s public bus system. Downtown Oakland is a central connection point for many bus lines, and so many bus lines have stops near ACERA including 18, 51A, 72, 72M, 72R. Check the AC Transit Route Map for more details.