BART runs special service Thanksgiving week


BART runs special service Thanksgiving week

Longer trains for shoppers and air travelers, Sunday service on the 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, Nov. 21, 2012, which is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year. There will also be longer trains on Sunday, Nov.  25 — the day when most of those airport travelers return home.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 25, 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. To help alleviate the holiday crush to Oakland International Airport, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 9 am to 6 pm, a MyTransitPlus employee (wearing a bright yellow vest), will be on hand at the AirBART shuttle stop to sell single individual $3 blue tickets to those standing in line waiting to board the AirBART shuttle to the airport. The MyTransitPlus ticket kiosk at the Coliseum/Oakland Airport will also sell the $3 blue ticket for the AirBART shuttle from 10:45am to 7:45pm. The tickets will be sold on a exact-change-cash-only basis.

On Thanksgiving Day itself, Thursday, Nov. 22, BART will run on a Sunday schedule, with service beginning at approximately 8 am.

Additionally, BART will significantly increase the number of available seats by making trains as long as possible on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23, which has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Full-length trains will operate from 6 am to close of service for bargain hunters looking for extra room to carry their bags of gifts onboard.

BART is offering holiday travelers an incentive to use BART to SFO and Oakland Airport. From Monday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 25, and again Saturday, Dec. 22, through Wednesday, Jan. 2, BART will make 475 additional parking spaces available for Airport/Long Term parking reservations. 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 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 10:00am. After 10:00am, customers can park in any available space, but BART cannot guarantee them a spot when they arrive.