BART Improvement Projects Mean Temporary Service Changes

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

BART Improvement Projects Mean Temporary Service Changes

Upgrades are in store for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. That means beginning February 11, 2019, there will be major services changes. Improvements will include seismic work to the Transbay Tube, updates to the electrical power system in downtown San Francisco and other vital safety repairs to BART’s aging infrastructure using voter-approved Measure RR funds.

The service changes will impact you if you ride BART on weekdays between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., weekdays after 9 p.m. or any time on Sundays. 

BART TO OPEN AT 5 A.M. WEEKDAYS

BART service will start an hour later at 5 a.m. so crews have more time to work on seismic upgrades to the Transbay Tube so it can withstand a major earthquake. Local transit agencies have set up a new “Early Bird Express” bus network, which will operate between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.  Please visit bart.gov/earlybirdexpress for bus schedule information, fares and parking options. 

WEEKNIGHTS AFTER 9 P.M.

Trains will single-track through the Transbay Tube after 9 p.m. on weeknights while crews make seismic upgrades.  Trains will run every 24 minutes system-wide instead of every 20 minutes.

SUNDAY SERVICE

A new line of service is coming to the Peninsula: the Purple Line. The Purple Line will provide direct, nonstop service between Millbrae and San Francisco International Airport on Sundays.

Additionally, on many Sundays, trains will single-track between Embarcadero and 24th Street Mission stations so crews can upgrade the electrical power system in downtown San Francisco.  As a result, the Dublin/Pleasanton (Blue) line, which currently provides direct service between Dublin/Pleasanton and San Francisco on Sundays, will stop running at MacArthur Station.  Riders using the Dublin/Pleasanton (Blue) line will need to transfer at 12th Street/Oakland City Center Station to get to and from San Francisco.

NEW TRAINS, MORE SEATS IN THE FLEET

BART will begin to add additional Fleet of the Future trains to the schedule. BART will also start running longer trains during commute hours, which means there will be more seats in the fleet for riders.     

Because there are so many changes to the schedule, BART officials urge that you please “check before you go” by using the official BART app (available in the App Store and Google Play), visitng bart.gov or calling (510) 465-BART to plan your trip and double-check your train status before you head out.

Thank you for your understanding as BART workers make these necessary repairs so that the system runs reliably for decades to come.