BART expands service for Labor Day weekend events


BART expands service for Labor Day weekend events

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It's shaping up to be a busy Labor Day weekend in the Bay Area with lots of special events accessible by transit -- from Cal bears to hairy bears.  BART will run longer trains on Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, to accommodate extra passengers.

"BART expects to be busy with crowds going to Slow Food Nation, Sunday Streets and the Hairrison Street festivals in San Francisco, the A’s games and Art and Soul event in Oakland and the Cal versus Michigan State game in Berkeley," said BART Board President Gail Murray.

The San Francisco events include:

  • Sunday Streets -- The city opens the streets along a four-and-a-half-mile route to encourage walking, biking, skating and other car-free activities.
  • Slow Food Nation -- billed as "the largest celebration of food in America."
  • Hairrison Street Fair -- a celebration of bear community pride that expects, according to its website, "over 5,000 fun, hairy and hunky guys" in attendance.

The East Bay events include:

  • Oakland A's --  The A's face off with yet another playoff contender in a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins at McAfee Coliseum
  • Oakland Art and Soul -- an art and music festival highlighting the city's vibrant arts scene, with performers including Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Stephanie Mills
  • Cal versus Michigan State -- Cal kicks off its 113th season of football on Saturday, Aug. 30, against Michigan State University at Memorial Stadium

Although BART will have trains on stand-by after Saturday’s Cal game, BART officials encourage Golden Bears fans to avoid the post-game crush at the Downtown Berkeley Station by enjoying local eateries until the crowds thin down.

Schedule for Monday, Sept. 1, Labor Day holiday:

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, on Monday, Sept. 1, BART will operate on a Sunday schedule. Service will begin at 8 a.m. and run until midnight.  While service starts two hours later on Labor Day, BART officials want to remind the public that BART’s 2008 schedule offers 33% more service, so there will be the same frequency of trains customers enjoy on a non-holiday. As an added bonus, on Labor Day there will be plenty of free parking at BART.  Parking fees are not enforced on designated BART holidays.

BART’s Administration Office will be closed in observance of the federal holiday.

Train schedules are available at all BART stations. Travel information is also available by calling 510-465-BART (510-465-2278) or online at http://www.bart.gov/.