BART to open early, add trains for Bay to Breakers race on May 17


BART to open early, add trains for Bay to Breakers race on May 17

BART will provide special service for the world-famous Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco on Sunday, May 17th  and will run longer trains for fans heading to the Giants/New York Mets game in the evening.

On Sunday, most trains will begin running two hours earlier than the regular 8 a.m. Sunday starting time so racers can get to the race well before Bay to Breakers begins. 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. Those stations will open about 20 minutes before the departure of the first trains to allow plenty of time for passengers to buy tickets.  Trains running before 8 a.m. will run at 20 minute intervals.

Because the Bay to Breakers race attracts thousands of runners and spectators, BART encourages riders 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 and within walking distance of AT&T Park.

Bay to Breakers participants who require an elevator (such as people who use wheelchairs) are advised to exit out of Montgomery Station to get to the race starting area.  The elevator at Embarcadero Station is out of service for an extensive street level enclosure replacement project. For more information riders are asked to contact BART Transit Information or San Francisco 311 Customer Service Center
311 / (415) 701-2311 / TTY (415) 701-2323

Riders who need special planning or assistance should call BART Accessible Services at (510) 464-6184 or Muni Accessible Services at (415) 701-4485 / TTY (415) 701-4730.

Wet or damaged tickets will not work in faregates so keeping a round-trip ticket in one’s pocket while running seven miles is not a good idea. BART suggests 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. BART reminds runners that shoes and proper attire are required on BART despite the “anything goes” attitude of the famous race. A reminder that there is no eating or drinking in the stations or on the trains so BART officials ask that runners do their “pre-race carbo-loading” before arriving at the stations.  BART will not permit bicycles on the early Bay to Breakers trains that run prior to 8:00 am.

BART officials will set up a ticket table at Dublin/Pleasanton Station from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.  BART riders 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 for Sunday’s Giants/New York Mets game.