BART will run longer trains – and join in the Bay Area show of pride – as the San Francisco Giants kick off the World Series this week against the Texas Rangers with Games 1 and 2 at AT&T Park on Wednesday and Thursday.
BART urges fans and commuters to take public transportation to avoid clogged bridge and highways and high parking fees as crowds surge into the city for the first World Series games in San Francisco since 2002. On Wednesday and Thursday, BART will run longer trains on all lines before and after the games, and will keep special event trains on standby in case even more space is needed. The first pitch both days is scheduled for 4:57 p.m.
BART also will run longer trains on Tuesday on runs coming from San Francisco International Airport to accommodate out-of-town travelers arriving for the series.
BART strongly encourages riders to buy roundtrip tickets to avoid waiting in lines at ticket machines after the games; or consider getting a Clipper electronic card and avoiding paper tickets altogether. More info at www.clippercard.com.
Fans taking BART will notice some extra touches of hometown pride. Station agents in downtown San Francisco will be decorating their booths with Giants themes, and – in an exception to the usual uniform policy – employees are allowed to don Giants baseball caps.
Riders will see and hear a variety of “Go Giants” slogans on digital destination signs in stations, on overhead platform announcements and, occasionally, in messages on trains that come from the operations control center or from individual train operators. It’s intended to show community spirit and make the experience a little more fun for all riding trains, not only those lucky enough to be going to the games.
Fans heading to AT&T Park on BART can use the BART QuickPlanner to plan their trips. They can get off at Embarcadero or Montgomery BART stations and then walk or transfer to Muni Metro. More info at: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mroutes/pacbsvc.htm.