BART runs Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving
Longer trains Wednesday and Friday to accommodate shoppers, air travelers
BART will operate longer trains to help passengers get to and from San Francisco and Oakland International airports on the day before Thanksgiving—Wednesday, November 25, which is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year. There will also be longer trains on Sunday, November 29—the day when most of those airport travelers return home.
On Thanksgiving Day BART will run on a Sunday schedule, with service beginning at approximately 8 a.m. Check the BART QuickPlanner for trip details.
Additionally, BART will significantly increase the number of available seats by making trains as long as possible on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27, which has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Full-length trains will operate from 6 a.m. to close of service for bargain hunters looking for extra room to carry their bags of gifts on board.
TAKE BART TO THE BEST SHOPPING
BART stations are conveniently located near some of the best shopping areas in the Bay Area. Here are just a few examples: Powell Street Station serves the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall and is just a block or two from Barney's and other world famous stores of Union Square. Embarcadero Station is steps away from top-brand retailers in the Embarcadero Center. Bay Fair Station is next to Bayfair Mall. Rockridge Station is in the heart of Oakland's trendy Rockridge district. San Bruno Station is adjacent to the Tanforan Shops. Oakland City Center/12th Street Station serves Oakland City Center mall and the shops of downtown Oakland's shopping district. Walnut Creek Station is linked to the Broadway Mall and downtown shopping by the "Trolley," the City of Walnut Creek’s free shuttle service.
Shoppers taking BART on Friday are likely to find another bonus: with many workers taking the day after Thanksgiving off, more parking will likely be available at BART stations. East Bay and peninsula residents can stash their cars at BART stations, hop on a train and forget the hassle of trying to negotiate crowded city streets and paying exorbitant parking fees.
PARKING REGULATIONS IN FULL EFFECT FRIDAY
Since BART treats Friday, November 27 as a regular weekday, BART Police will enforce all parking regulations. Fee parking will be in effect at applicable stations and vehicles parked over the four-day weekend without an Airport/Long-Term permit will be subject to the $100 fine.
MAKE THE TRAIN-TO-PLANE CONNECTION
On Wednesday, November 25 and Sunday, November 29, BART will run longer trains on the Pittsburg/Bay Point (yellow) line to accommodate air travelers. The Pittsburg/Bay Point line serves the San Francisco International airport. BART and Oakland International Airport (OAK) jointly operate AirBART, a dedicated shuttle between the Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station and OAK every 10-15 minutes, with extra shuttles beginning on November 23 through December 1. One-way fares are $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children (ages 11 and under), seniors and disabled adults with an I.D., and can be paid on-board the shuttle with cash or a BART ticket in the exact amount only. As an added service to airport travelers, BART is offering an additional 540 Airport/Long-Term parking spaces for this Thanksgiving season and is urging the public to purchase their parking permits early. Permits are available now, but only on-line at www.bart.gov/parking. BART does not sell permits at stations. First-time customers can learn how to purchase a ticket by watching the Airport/Long- Term parking segment on BARTtv News at www.BART.gov/BARTtv.
HOLIDAY SECURITY REMINDER
BART police reminds riders to be cautious during the shopping season. We urge our customers to be aware of their surroundings when they shop and while they're on BART.
CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
- Don’t carry large sums of cash; instead use a single debit or credit card for shopping
- Don’t carry wallets or other valuables in back pockets
- Keep wallets secure - use purses or bags with zippered compartments
- Keep iPods, mobile phones, MP3 players and other small electronics in a secure place
- Shop in teams–it’s safer and more fun to shop with friends and family
- Don’t leave anything—from small change to shopping bags—in your vehicle for thieves to see
- Be wary of someone trying to create a distraction, such as dropping coins or bumping into you–often times pickpockets work in teams
- Always report suspicious activity to BART Police toll free at (877) 679-7000
- Program the BART police number above into your cell phone so you can call it quickly from almost anywhere in the BART system