BART Riders: Prepare for Weekend Transbay Closure
If you are planning on crossing The Bay this weekend, bad news: BART will not be an option.
After some months of warning, BART will close the Transbay Tube this weekend in order to conduct major track maintenance.
Service will be halted from West Oakland Station to the Embarcadero station in San Francisco and vice versa all day this Saturday and Sunday. West Oakland BART will also be completely closed during that time, according to BART officials.
Closures will be in effect from the end of service on Friday, and Monday service is scheduled to resume as usual.
While transportation will be limited with the closure, other public transit routes are planning on accommodating their schedules to prepare for more riders.
The San Francisco Bay Ferry will be doubling its usual weekend service on the Alameda/Oakland/San Francisco route and enhance service on the Vallejo/San Francisco route, according to San Francisco Bay Ferry officials.
However, ferry riders are encouraged to arrive early and have alternate back-up plans as it is unknown what the rider volume will be.
BART will also be running a free AC Transit bus bridge between the 19th Street Bart Station in Oakland and the Transbay Temporary Terminal in San Francisco, which is a couple of blocks from BART’s Embarcadero station.
However, BART officials estimate taking the bus bridge will be one to two hours longer than the regular BART commute and that the bus bridge is intended only as a last resort for those with no other options.