Buses replace trains this weekend between Orinda and Walnut Creek & Highway 24 lane closures

08.05.19

Buses replace trains this weekend between Orinda and Walnut Creek & Highway 24 lane closures

The first weekend track shutdown between Orinda and Walnut Creek stations is scheduled for the weekend of August 17-18.  Two eastbound lanes of highway 24 near the Lafayette BART Station and Oak Hill Road will be closed starting at 11 pm Friday 8/16.  One lane will be reopened at 6 am on Monday 8/19 while the other lane will be reopened one hour later at 7 am 8/19.


We are making extensive repairs and upgrades to the track between Orinda and Walnut Creek stations on most weekends through October, including some upcoming full weekend closures with bus bridges.   Using Measure RR funds, we’ll be replacing track and electrical equipment, installing new switches, improving station platforms, and making other repairs and improvements to provide more reliable, safer, quieter, smoother and faster service. 

Learn more about the rebuilding project on our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

Closure weekends: 8/17-18, 8/31-9/2 (Labor Day Weekend), 9/14-15, 9/28-29, 10/12-13, 10/26-27
 
Riders should expect delays of 40 minutes or more on closure weekends.

County Connection and AC Transit will provide free shuttle bus services: 
1.    Direct service between Orinda and Walnut Creek
2.   Service between Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek stations.

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Highway 24 Lane Closures
All lane closures for this project will happen near the Lafayette Station and Oak Hill Road and will only impact the two far-left eastbound lanes of highway 24.  Westbound lanes will not be closed during this work.  Expect delays of up to 30 minutes during weekend daytime lane closures.  If delays reach 30 minutes Caltrans will notify BART and the number of lanes closed will be reduced from two to one.  The next lane closure is scheduled to begin at 11 pm on Friday 8/16.  The two far-left eastbound lanes of highway 24 in Lafayette will remain closed through the weekend on Saturday 8/17 and Sunday 8/18 with one lane reopening by 6 am Monday 8/19.  The other lane will reopen an hour later at 7 am on Monday 8/19.

Lane closures for single-tracking Saturdays will only happen during overnight hours from 11 pm Friday to 7 am Saturday and 11pm Saturday to 9 am Sunday.  All lane closures will happen near the Lafayette Station at Oak Hill Road.

Single-Tracking
Single-tracking on some Saturdays will mean delays of up to 30 minutes. Please plan your trip with that in mind. We will single-track on 7/27, 8/3, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, and 10/19.  We may need to turn back some trains at Orinda to maintain our schedule. If so, you will be asked to leave the train you are on and board a different train to reach your destination. 

Night Work
We will also do work at night after service closes on weeknights through at least the end of October.

Sunday single tracking in San Francisco

On select Sundays through the rest of this year, there will be single-track service between the Embarcadero and 24th Street Mission stations in downtown San Francisco due to electrical cabling replacement work.  This replacement project is critical to ensure our trains can count on a reliable power supply. The work can add 15-30 minutes to your trip. Get the latest on this project here.
 
Use the Trip Planner, call the BART Transit Information Center at (510) 465-BART (2278), or get the Official BART app to plan your trip.