Trip planning help for riders impacted by cuts to our service hours

03.24.20

Trip planning help for riders impacted by cuts to our service hours

General Manager Bob Powers issued to following statement to riders who will be impacted by a 9pm closure and changing Saturday's start time to 8am:

We understand that our difficult decision to reduce service hours will frustrate and create hardship for some riders and we wish we didn’t have to do it. But the numbers left us little choice. It goes against the grain of everything we stand for at BART to provide less service, but for our long-term financial health we had to do it. After the shelter-in-place order began, our careful study of ridership showed that only a handful of people were using BART after 9 p.m. The cost of operating the trains compared to the number of people riding just didn’t make financial sense, especially because we are already losing millions of dollars a week during these historically difficult times. Please know that we will return to providing our full service hours as soon as it is safe to do so. 


New Hours

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, BART will provide service Monday-Friday from 5am-9pm (currently service is 5am-midnight). Current weekday train frequency will remain.

The online Trip Planner has been updated and PDF's of the new schedule that begins 4/8/20 are posted here https://www.bart.gov/schedules/pdf

Starting Saturday, March 28, 2020, Saturday and Sunday service will be from 8am-9pm (currently Saturday service is 6am-midnight and Sunday is 8am-midnight). Current weekend train frequency will remain.

All riders must be in the system by 8:45pm to have a guaranteed ride to their destination.

Starting Wednesday, April 8, Monday-Friday service will run every 30 minutes systemwide all day, with 3-line service beginning earlier in the evening and single tracking in San Francisco starting at around 8pm.  Effectively, every other train is being cancelled Monday-Friday.  

BART will monitor ridership data each day to determine how long these service hours will be in effect.


Need help planning alternative trips during hours BART is closed? Call the BART Transit Information Center.

8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday - Friday excluding most holidays

Phone Number:510-465-2278


Use the Trip Planner to plan alternative public transit trips

There are local bus agencies that provide service in our area after 9pm and AC Transit provides transbay service. Our Trip Planner provides customized bus alternatives based on your starting point and destination. 

Cancelled BART trains will show on the Trip Planner with a red strikethrough on its time of arrival and message "This trip is cancelled. Due to low ridership as a result of the COVID-19 shelter in place order, this trip is cancelled until further notice." The Trip Planner will show other public transit alternatives available. 

On the Trip Planner, riders can plug in their home address, work address or their next destination to find the most transit-friendly route. Riders have ability to combine other modes such as walking, bicycling and driving into their itinerary. Riders can plan hours and days ahead of their planned trip using the BART Trip Planner.


Transit options

AC Transit has created a special page outlining station by station bus options after 9pm. The page provides alternative routes from inner East Bay BART stations to and from San Francisco, downtown Oakland, and downtown Berkeley between 9:00 p.m. and midnight: http://www.actransit.org/bus-alternatives-for-inner-east-bay-bart-stations-between-900-p-m-and-midnight/ 

SFO is offering a free shuttle between some of our stations and the airport after 9pm.  Read the flyer for full details.

Other systems the currently offer some level of service around BART's service area after 9pm:

Other agencies may be modifying service as well during the Shelter in Place order. Once you plan your alternative trip, please check the agency's website as their planned trip information may have changed as well.


Need help planning alternative trips during hours BART is closed? Call the BART Transit Information Center.

8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday - Friday excluding most holidays

Phone Number:510-465-2278

Si desea recibir ayuda para planificar su recorrido en tiempo real, sírvase poner en contacto con el Centro de Información sobre el Transporte de BART llamando al 510-465-2278, de lunes a viernes, de 8:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. (cerrado los fines de semana y principales días festivos). Hable con el Agente de la Estación si requiere ayuda durante horas hábiles de BART.

如欲獲得即時協助以規劃行程,請聯絡 BART 的交通資訊中心,電話為 510-465-2278,服務時間是平日上午 8:00 至晚上 6:00(週末及主要假日休息)。在 BART 正常行車時間內,請見站務人員,尋求現場協助