BART to add trains, open early for May 21st Bay to Breakers race


BART to add trains, open early for May 21st Bay to Breakers race

Extra trains also on deck for baseball fans

BART will provide special service for the world famous Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco on Sunday, May 21st by starting some train service two hours earlier than the regular 8 a.m. Sunday starting time.

BART will provide train service from all East Bay stations, Millbrae and Daly City stations to downtown San Francisco stations beginning at about 6 a.m. Stations will open about forty-five minutes before the departure of the first trains to allow plenty of time for passengers to buy tickets.

The Bay to Breakers race attracts thousands of runners and fans. Riders are encouraged to avoid overcrowding by using either the Embarcadero or Montgomery Street stations, which are just a short distance from Howard and Spear streets, the starting point of the race.

BART officials suggest runners buy two one-way tickets, one before heading to the race and the other before catching the train home, rather than a single round-trip ticket. Wet or damaged tickets will not work in fare gates so keeping a round-trip ticket in one's pocket while running seven miles is not a good idea. One-way tickets will be available at a ticket table at Dublin/Pleasanton Station (see below for more information). Runners are also reminded that shoes and proper attire are required on BART despite the "anything goes" attitude of the famous race. There is no eating or drinking in the stations or on the trains so BART officials ask that runners do their "pre-race carb-loading" before arriving at the stations. Bicycles will not be permitted on the early Bay to Breakers trains.

BART officials will set up a ticket table at Dublin/Pleasanton Station from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Fans will be able to avoid lines at ticket machines and buy round-trip flash passes to San Francisco for the Bay to Breakers and also round-trip flash passes to Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station for Sunday's A's/Giants game. Both round-trip and one-way blue tickets to San Francisco will also be available at the ticket table.

BART will run longer trains for baseball fans attending the 1 p.m. A's/Giants game Sunday at the Coliseum in Oakland. Additional trains will be available at the conclusion of the game to take fans home.