BART offers a free ride home for those vaccinated at the Coliseum site


BART offers a free ride home for those vaccinated at the Coliseum site

BART is supporting the large-scale, appointments-only, vaccinations at the Oakland Coliseum and for a limited time will offer a free BART ride home for those who have been vaccinated at the site. The vaccination is in the parking lot of the Oakland Coliseum, which is accessible from the Coliseum BART station. While there are long car lines to get vaccinated, the pedestrian village for those who take transit has little to no wait. 

BART will have extra staff at the Coliseum BART station during BART operating hours to provide anyone who has received a vaccine a free $7 BART ticket on-site after showing their vaccination card with a matching date. $7 is enough fare to get home to any station in the system, except SFO station. 

Appointments are required to get a vaccine. Appointments are available through the state’s MyTurn scheduling system or by calling 1-833-422-4255. Only those with an appointment can enter the site.

BART has ensured those individuals who have mobility challenges will have assistance getting between the Coliseum BART Station and the vaccination site. 

Getting from the Coliseum BART Station to the site

The distance between BART and the vaccination site is about a quarter of a mile. Get off the train, go down to the street level, take the stairs or elevator to the pedestrian bridge, cross the pedestrian bridge, and go down the ramp to the registration tent located right at the base. 

There will be wheel chair accessible carts (similar to a golf cart) making loops between the pedestrian bridge/BART elevator and the vaccination location. The carts can be used by anyone who needs assistance. 

BART will have escalator and elevator crews standing by and if a BART elevator goes out of service and quickly cannot be put back in service, a shuttle will be provided.

AC Transit free shuttle from Coliseum BART to the site

AC Transit will operate a fare-free shuttle every 15-minutes directly from Coliseum BART to the vaccination site. The shuttle will pick up in front of the BART station on San Leandro BLVD. This shuttle will operate 7-days a week between 8am – 7:30 pm, and riders are reminded to watch for the head-sign: Vaccine Shuttle/BART-Coliseum. All vaccine shuttles will observe onboard rider social distancing requirements not to exceed 10 passengers per trip. Additionally, all AC Transit buses are ADA compliant and can accommodate senior riders and those requiring the use of mobility devices. The vaccine site includes a curb height ADA platform and ramp, which ensures safe boarding and off boarding of the shuttles.

The vaccination site will be jointly operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of California through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and is part of the wider effort to create 100 vaccination sites nationwide in the President’s first 100 days.

BART’s limited promotion of a free ride home from Coliseum is only available for the Coliseum site until further notice. It is not being offered for other vaccination locations in the Bay Area. The free ticket is non-refundable and is only available on-site during BART’s operating hours and on the same day of the person’s appointment as verified by the date on the vaccination card. Riders should check train arrival and departures times to and from the Coliseum Station for the day of their appointment to plan their trip.

BART will monitor ridership to and from the station to ensure social distancing on trains remains possible.