Thanksgiving service: longer trains for travelers, Sunday schedule on holiday


Thanksgiving service: longer trains for travelers, Sunday schedule on holiday

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 23, which is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year. There will also be longer trains on Sunday, November 27 — the day when most of those airport travelers return home.

On Thanksgiving Day itself, Thursday, November 24, BART will run on a Sunday schedule, with service beginning at approximately 8 a.m.

On Wednesday, November 23, and Sunday, November 27, 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 22 through November 29. 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 onboard the shuttle with cash or a BART ticket (exact amount only). Please note that AirBART buses do not have the onboard equipment to accept Clipper cards.

Additionally, BART will significantly increase the number of available seats by making trains as long as possible on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, 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 onboard.

From November 21 through November 28, 2011, and then again from December 20, 2011, through January 2, 2012, BART will make 200 additional parking spaces available for Airport/Long Term parking reservations. With the exception of West Oakland Station and Coliseum stations, reserved spaces are available at most East Bay BART lots for just $5 per day. Reservations for Airport/Long Term parking are also available at the Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae BART stations for just $6 per day. Visit for more information or to make your reservation. Drivers who do not have Airport/Long-Term parking permits are subject to the 24-hour weekday time limit on parking in all BART lots. The fine for violating this provision is $100.

BART guarantees customers an Airport/Long-Term parking spot in the permit reserved parking area if they get to the parking lot before 10:00 a.m. After 10:00 a.m., customers can park in any available space, but BART cannot guarantee them a spot when they arrive.

To plan your trip over the holiday week use the BART QuickPlanner.