BART trains connecting San Francisco and the East Bay will shutdown service the first weekend of August and Labor Day weekend in September to accommodate track maintenance.

According to the SF Chronicle, the halt in service is needed for workers to replace an elevated crossover outside the the Transbay Tube in Oakland.

The two summer weekends were chosen because that is typically when ridership is lowest. however, 98,000 people still used BART to cross the Bay last August 30, the Saturday before Labor Day.


For BART commuters who still need to use public transportation to cross the Bay on those five days, other options are available. A memo written by a BART Assistant General Manager Kerry Hamill states that a “bus bridge” will be used to transport rides over the Bay Bridge.

Additionally, commuters can use the San Francisco Bay Ferry, which offers service from several locations in Oakland and Alameda to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. An announcement has not been made as of yet if there will be additional ferry service when BART is shut down.

Events Affected in San Francisco

The Giants will not be in town any of the five days the Transbay Tube is closed. However, there is a Billy Joel concert at AT&T Park scheduled for Saturday, September 6th, and concert-goers are advised to seek other forms of transportation. Check back here with Reset San Francisco for updates on the BART service shutdown and for more news about San Francisco.