BART to open at 5am starting 2-11-2019 with alternative bus service provided


BART to open at 5am starting 2-11-2019 with alternative bus service provided


Beginning on February 11, 2019, BART's start of service will shift from 4 am to 5 am systemwide for a massive project that will seismically retrofit the Transbay Tube.

About 2,900 riders enter our system in that first hour of service.

BART conducted extensive outreach this past spring which included surveys, in-station outreach, multilingual media ads, community presentations, and meetings with airport employees, hospitality and service workers, business owners and unions. The rider input helped guide the development of a robust alternative bus service plan for the 4 am hour, called the Early Bird Express.

Details about the Early Bird Express can be found here, complete with station-specific guides, payment and parking information.

summary of the mitigation options and survey results were presented at the July 12, 2018 board meeting. 

Additional in-station outreach will take place from December 2018 through February 2019 to inform riders about the start of service change and alternative bus service. See outreach schedule below:

               DATE:                                      STATION:                                TIME:

Tues., Dec. 11, 2018West Oakland4:30am - 6:30am
Wed., Dec. 12, 2018South Hayward4am - 6am
Thurs., Dec. 13, 2018Fruitvale4:30am - 6:30am
Thurs., Dec 13, 2018Fremont4am - 6am
Tues., Jan. 8, 2019Pittsburg/Bay Point4am - 6am
Tues., Jan. 8, 2019Antioch3:45am - 5:45am
Wed., Jan. 9, 2019Millbrae3:45am - 5:45am
Wed., Jan. 9, 2019San Leandro4:15am - 6:15am
Thurs., Jan 10, 2019Dublin/Pleasanton4am - 6am
Thurs., Jan 10, 2019Bay Fair4:15am - 6:15am
Tues., Jan. 15, 2019El Cerrito Del Norte4am - 6am
Tues., Jan. 15, 2019Rockridge4:30am - 6:30am
Wed., Jan. 16, 2019Coliseum4:15am - 6:15am
Wed., Jan. 16, 2019Concord4am - 6am
Thurs., Jan. 17, 2019Richmond4am - 6am
Thurs., Jan. 17, 2019MacArthur4:15am - 6:15am
Tues., Jan. 22, 2019Pleasant Hill4am - 6am
Tues., Jan. 22, 2019Daly City4am - 6am
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019Ashby4:15am - 6:15am
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019North Concord/Martinez4am - 6am
Thurs., Jan. 24, 2019Powell Street4:15am - 6:15am
Thurs., Jan. 24, 201919th Street4:30am - 6:30am
Tues., Jan. 29, 2019Civic Center/ UN Plaza4:15am - 6:15am
Tues., Jan. 29, 2018Civic Center/ UN Plaza1pm - 3pm
Wed., Jan. 30, 201924th Street Mission4am - 6am
Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019SF Int'l Airport (SFO)4am - 6am
Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019SF Int'l Airport (SFO)1pm - 3pm
Tues., Feb. 5, 2019Walnut Creek4:15am - 6:15am
Wed., Feb. 6, 2019San Bruno4am - 6am
Thurs., Feb. 7, 2019Balboa Park4am - 6am


At its October 11, 2018 meeting, the alternative Early Bird Express bus service plan for the 5am opening was presented to the BART Board of Directors. Preview the board presentation for information regarding expected times of travel, costs and parking payment details.

The plan will establish 14 new bus lines to run between 3:50 am and 5:30 am in both directions between stops. This includes 7 transbay routes, 5 East Bay routes and 2 San Francisco/Peninsula routes. The bus network will have 13 points of origin, including 12 BART stations and the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco. It will serve a total of 19 BART Stations, including 6 stations in San Francisco. Bus trips leaving from East Bay BART stations will arrive at the Salesforce Transit Center at 5 am, 5:15 am and 5:30 am. (The first trains currently arrive from the East Bay between 4:48 am and 5 am). Eight Bay Area bus agencies will operate this network and all fares will be the same as or less than the equivalent trip on BART. Riders who use the Early Bird Express can pay with either cash or a Clipper card. When using Clipper to pay for the Early Bird Express fare, the payment must be made with money added as cash value to the card. Riders cannot pay for Early Bird Express service using a Clipper purse loaded with High Value Discount (HVD) tickets.

Download the Early Bird Express fact sheet:

Spanish (En Español):

Chinese (在中文):

new EBX map

Bus trips will leave every 15 minutes from the Pittsburg/Bay Point, Pleasant Hill, 19th St., Dublin/Pleasanton, Bay Fair and El Cerrito del Norte Stations.

All of these trips will arrive at the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco.

Buses will also go from the Antioch Station to Pittsburg/Bay Point every 15 minutes beginning at 3:50 am. Buses from the Fremont Station to the Saleforce Transit Center will leave every 30 minutes beginning at 4:10 am.

The last bus will arrive at the Salesforce Transit Center at 5:30 am. All buses arriving here will connect with service to Daly City and SFO.

Buses will stop at the six San Francisco stations listed on the map (Powell, Civic Center, 16th Street/Mission, 24th Street/Mission, Glen Park and Balboa Park.)

These buses will run from the Salesforce Transit Center every 15 minutes beginning at 4:45am.

Bus service from Daly City to the Salesforce Transit Center will begin at 3:55am and also run every 15 minutes with stops at the same six San Francisco stations.

Once the schedule change takes effect, end of the line trains will begin around 5 am, Trains will also, for the first time, begin around 5 am from midline stations (Concord, South Hayward and Daly City). All of the trains will start service long with the first train arriving at Embarcadero Station at 5:30 am. This change will help trains arrive in the core of the system earlier.

5am train plan

In addition to the later weekday morning start time, BART will be single-tracking trains through the tube each weeknight from 9:30 pm until close of service at midnight.  This will allow crews to shuttle in equipment via the closed track. During this time, trains will run every 24 minutes instead of the every 20 minutes they run now.

We will be working on more than just the Transbay Tube retrofit in the 4am hour.

The extra hour will also give our crews more time for systemwide track inspections, preventative maintenance, and Measure RR bond funded rebuilding projects such as power cable replacement through San Francisco and rail replacement. The extra wrench time will speed these projects up by at least 25% and provide a minimum 12% cost savings.

Stay informed about Service and Parking Payment Changes. 

     Because BART stations won’t open until 5 am, current parking payment methods will not be available for Early Bird Express riders. To allow riders to continue to pay for parking between 3:45 am and 5:15 am, BART will offer three different ways to pay for parking. First, there will be a pay-by-app option using a credit card on the agency’s new official BART app. Second, for those who prefer to pay in cash, day passes will be available for advance purchase at the Lake Merritt and Embarcadero Clipper Card Office customer service centers. And finally, single day permits can be purchased through BART’s select-a-spot program via This option requires the rider to print out a single day permit and display it on the front dashboard of the vehicle, clearly displaying the permit number. The cost to park will remain the same and Clipper cannot be used to pay for parking in the 4 am hour.

If you would like to be notified as details are finalized about these upcoming service changes and EZ Rider parking payment changes, you must opt in to these notifications by clicking here and entering your email address